As was reported earlier this week, a press conference was held to announce the Broadcaster Freedom Act, a bill to guarantee the freedom of speech to remain intact on radio stations across America. US Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has a transcript and audio of his comments on his site. In his comments, he talks about the bipartisan support for previous legislation:
“In 2007 I introduced an amendment that would ban re-implementation of the Fairness Doctrine for simply one year and we are prepared to do so again.
“At that time over 300 Republicans and Democrats voted to ban the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine for that fiscal year. I truly believe if the Broadcaster Freedom Act is brought to the floor before the House of Representatives that it would pass. It would pass because of that previous vote, the evidence that we’ve seen, but I also believe it would pass because whenever freedom gets an up or down vote on the floor of the people’s House, freedom always wins.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told CNSNews.com there were no plans to bring the act up for a vote. He further said:
“There is a lot of discussion from the other side on the Fairness Doctrine but less discussion on our side. That has not been a major item.”
But CNSNews.com reports further from the summer of 2008:
[Hoyer] suggested that he would support reactivating the Fairness Doctrine to “ensure the availability of fair and balanced information to the American public.”
“There is a real concern about the monopoly of information and the skewering of information that the American public gets,” said Hoyer.
In addition others in the Democrat leadership have stated they’d like a return to the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” Truth be told, the supporters of such “fairness” legislation have no regard for the First Amendment. If you can’t beat them, by law oppress them. If you can’t win the argument, by legislation silence those who oppose you. That is today’s liberal. Sad.