NAB To Senate: Oppose Fairness Doctrine Reinstatement
July 11, 2007 at 5:15 PM (PT)
Sens. NORM COLEMAN (R-MN), JIM DEMINT (R-SC), JAMES INHOFE (R-OK) and JOHN THUNE (R-SD) today held a news conference with Reps. MIKE PENCE (R-IN) and GREG WALDEN (R-OR) to unveil an amendment ensuring the Fairness Doctrine is not reinstated. The amendment will be offered to the Defense Authorization Bill in the Senate, which will likely be voted on within the next week.
In addition, NAB Pres./CEO DAVID REHR today sent a letter to every U.S. Senate office, urging lawmakers to oppose reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. "Free speech must be just that -- free from government influence, interference and censorship," the letter read. Read it in its entirety here.
Commenting on today's Senate action, REHR said, "NAB and local broadcasters across AMERICA applaud these senators for recognizing the undeniable importance of free speech, unfettered from government interference. AMERICA's radio listeners and television viewers enjoy a rich diversity of program choice that would be inhibited -- not enhanced -- by the reinstatement of a draconian doctrine that long ago outlived its usefulness."