FBI: Fairness Doctrine Issue Led To Death Threat Against Senator
May 26, 2010 at 4:16 AM (PT)
A POLITICO investigation into death threats against Congress and the Senate turned up one instance of an incident allegedly prompted by an individual's anger over the possible return of the "Fairness Doctrine."
The FEBRUARY 2009 case involved a man who left voicemail messages for Sen. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI) threatening, "We're gonna (expletive) get you ... we're gonna get you with a lot of (expletive) bolt action. Like we did RFK, like we did MLK. We know who you are. We'll get you." The caller turned out to be a TEXAS man who lived alone and had at one time owned a 20-gun arsenal; the man told the FBI that he was "really, really drunk" and was "venting" after hearing a discussion of the "Fairness Doctrine."
POLITICO's analysis of the FBI cases indicates common characteristics among the suspects in the death threat cases, including that most are male gun owners, many of whom had been treated for mental illness and most of whim had gone through a recent major life stress such as job loss or illness.
[Certainly, the man in question committed a criminal act -- but many people have strong views about the Fairness Doctrine. What's yours? Should the government step in and regulate, or stay out and let the marketplace rule? Share your opinion below.]