Congressmen Tell FCC Chairman To Take Fairness Doctrine Off The Books
May 31, 2011 at 3:35 PM (PT)
Reps. FRED UPTON (R-MI) and GREG WALDEN (R-OR) have sent a letter to FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI asking him to remove the Fairness Doctrine from the FCC rules, reports THE HILL. The letter follows Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL's recent testimony before UPTON and WALDEN's House Energy and Commerce Committee pointing out that while the Commission decided that the rule was unconstitutional in 1987 and has not enforced it since, the doctrine, along with political-editorial and personal attack rules, remains on the books.
Noting that President OBAMA issued an executive order telling agencies to remove unwarranted regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, the Congressmen advised GENACHOWSKI, "The Fairness Doctrine, political-editorial and personal-attack rules would seem like an easy place to start since the FCC has already abandoned them based on principles you say you continue to support."