Congress Received 400,000 Petitions Against Fairness Doctrine
June 3, 2009 at 6:29 AM (PT)
According to a spokesperson for the MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER and its Free Speech Alliance initiative, the group delivered almost 400,000 petitions to house Speaker NANCY PELOSI and Senate Majority Leader HARRY REID to hold a floor vote on a stand-alone bill to prevent the FCC from re-imposing the fairness doctrine, reports BROADCASTINGCABLE.COM, which writes, "MICHAEL COPPS has said he has no intention of doing so, but MRC and its President are concerned that the doctrine, or something like it, might return in the guise of localism initiatives COPPS is backing. The acting chairman has said tying the two together is issue-mongering.
"MRC wants to get every member of Congress on the record either for or against the Broadcaster Freedom Act. The petition drop was part of a week-long effort to push for the vote, including encouraging alliance members to call and fax PELOSI and REID, and getting some publicity from radio talkers.
"Before it was scrapped by the REAGAN FCC in 1987 as unconstitutional, the doctrine required broadcasters to both cover issues of public importance and to seek out opposing viewpoints on those issues."