United States Senator Debbie Stabenow and the liberal Democrats want to try to silence conservative talk radio by reviving the Fairness Doctrine, a former FCC policy that requires broadcast stations to provide opposing views on controversial issues of public importance.
“I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI), told liberal radio host Bill Press.
Stabenow said she expects hearings soon on reviving the policy. Interestingly enough, Stabenow’s husband, Tom Athans, is and has been an executive at several liberal radio talk groups.
In 1949 the Federal Communications Commission adopted a policy that required broadcasters to devote airtime to the public interest and to air opposing viewpoints when discussing controversial and political issues. The FCC abandoned the policy in 1987, paving the way for talk radio to explode from fewer than 150 stations nationwide to more than 3,000.
Former broadcaster Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN), however, sees the policy as an attack on First Amendment rights.
“Bringing back the Fairness Doctrine would amount to government control over political views expressed on the public airwaves,” Pence has said in opposition to the policy. “It is a dangerous proposal to suggest the government should be in the business of rationing free speech.”
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