Genachowski Supports The End Of The Fairness Doctrine
June 8, 2011 at 3:17 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI has told Congress he supports getting rid of the "fairness doctrine." BROADCASTINGCABLE.COM reports GENACHOWSKI wrote "a letter responding to a request from FRED UPTON (R-MI) and GREG WALDEN (R-OR), the chairs of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee, that the FCC officially deep-six the doctrine, pointing to President OBAMA's directive earlier this year to federal agencies to review outdated regs still on the books."
The letter from UPTON and WALDEN (NET NEWS 5/31) followed Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL's recent testimony before the 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.
"I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions form the Code of Federal Regulations," he wrote, " so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead. I look forward to effectuating this change when acting on the staff's recommendations and anticipate that the process can be completed in the near future."