Bozell Challenges Copps To Support Vote On B'caster Freedom Act
May 20, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
Conservative media watchdog MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER Pres. L. BRENT BOZELL is calling on FCC Acting Chairman MICHAEL COPPS to figuratively put his money where his mouth is and demand that the Congress and Senate allow a stand-alone vote on the BROADCASTER FREEDOM ACT, which would bar reinstitution of the "Fairness Doctrine."
BOZELL, in a press release, wrote that while he appreciates COPPS' reiteration that he has "no intention" of reinstating the doctrine, "his statement that those of us concerned about its reimposition are 'issue mongering' 'conspiracy theorists' is off-base given the stated desires of so many members of Congress. When this many high-powered elected officials are calling for a return of the mis-named 'Fairness' Doctrine, and are actively opposing a vote on the bill to prevent the FCC from reinstating it, it isn’t a conspiracy theory. It’s a determination to shut down free speech on Talk radio.
"The solution is simple: Chairman COPPS should call on Speaker (NANCY) PELOSI and Majority Leader (HARRY) REID to allow a full, fair stand alone vote on the BROADCASTER FREEDOM ACT. That way we will know once and for all how each member of Congress thinks – are they for free speech, or are they for the 'Fairness' Doctrine?"
COPPS, twice in a week, insisted that there is no chance of a return of the doctrine and told liberal group FREE PRESS last week that the Fairness Doctrine is "long gone and it’s not coming back —- as much as some conspiracy theorists see it lurking behind every corner. A couple of weeks ago, when we finally got the FCC back on track to do something about the shameful state of minority and female ownership of media properties, some had the gall to suggest it was just a ruse to bring the Fairness Doctrine back. Resurrecting the straw man of a bygone Fairness Doctrine to deflect this country’s belated passage to equal opportunity is a kind of issue-mongering that has no place in twenty-first century AMERICA. We will not lose this opportunity to make real and lasting progress on media reform because some find it is in their self-interest to keep this phony issue alive."