Petition Drive Aims To Move 'Broadcaster Freedom Act' Out Of Committee
June 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM (PT)
Reps. MIKE PENCE (R-IN) and GREG WALDEN (R-OR) are putting on a full-court press to try and get the Broadcaster Freedom Act out of committee and before the full Congress. PENCE and WALDEN called for broadcasters and the public to urge their representatives in Congress to sign a discharge petition that would release the bill, which is designed to prevent the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.
The lawmakers were joined by House Republican Leader JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH), Reps. TRENT FRANKS (R-AZ) and ROY BLUNT (R-MO), TALK RADIO NETWORK host LAURA INGRAHAM, the MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER's L. BRENT BOZELL, NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS SVP/Gen. Counsel CRAIG PARSHALL, and conservative activist GROVER NORQUIST at a press conference in WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY (6/11) to publicize the need to get at least 28 more Congressional signatures on the petition before JULY 4. The group has obtained 218 signatures so far.
INGRAHAM said that the push to revive the Fairness Doctrine "is nothing more than an attempt to have government regulate one of the most effective forms of political discussion today." PENCE added that "we want to challenge the House Democrats to take a stand for freedom and be a signer." And BOZELL, declaring JULY 4 "Radio Independence Day," said, "We are not here today to ask liberals to cast a vote for free speech and against the Fairness Doctrine. We are simply asking that a vote be allowed to occur. Give every member of Congress the opportunity to go on the record: either for free speech, or for the Fairness Doctrine."
NORQUIST's AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM has launched a website, "HYPROCISY CAUCUS," to list the members of Congress who have not signed the Discharge Petition; see it by clicking here.