Rep. Clyburn Calls For Return Of Fairness Doctrine
January 11, 2011 at 1:39 PM (PT)
Rep. JIM CLYBURN (D-SC), the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the House and father of FCC Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN, told the CHARLESTON POST AND COURIER that the country should "rethink parameters on free speech" in the wake of the shootings in TUCSON, and called for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine and standards for "balanced media coverage."
"Free speech is as free speech does," CLYBURN said. "You cannot yell ‘fire' in a crowded theater and call it free speech and some of what I hear, and is being called free speech, is worse than that."
No evidence has yet linked conservative commentary or the Tea Party movement to the shooter, JARED LEE LOUGHNER, whose writings and actions before the attempt on Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS' life indicated a scattered, extreme mix of ideologies and evidence of mental illness. MIGNON CLYBURN has previously said she is not in favor of a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.
Activist Nogales Wants FCC Action On Hate Crimes Petition
Meanwhile, another call for government action came from ALEX NOGALES, the LOS ANGELES-based activist who backed the "SELENA Boycott" against HOWARD STERN in 1994-95. NOGALES, under his NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION banner, has called in the wake of the TUCSON incident for the FCC to act on its petition to investigate what NOGALES considers "hate speech" on radio and television. BROADCASTING AND CABLE reports that NOGALES is using the TUCSON shooting to prod the Commission to act on his petition, which asks the FCC to conduct an inquiry into hate speech and for Congress to fund an update on a 1993 NTIA report on telecommunications and hate crimes.
"We started this dialog in the last immigration debate four years ago. We could see that it was just out of control. It started with just an issue of immigration, then every pundit on radio and TV who wanted an audience started talking about it and started using the worst of language, and now it has spilled out into mainstream," said NOGALES, who added that he is not looking for the inquiry to result in regulation. "We're not looking for regulations," he said. "We're about bringing this to the consciousness of the American people to the point where we as a nation and a population say to each other: 'We can't continue like this.' We want to put the pressure on those individuals who continue to use that kind of rhetoric so that they stop it or mitigate it."