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Democrats Block ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Ban

A press release from Congressman Mike Pence’s website:


Rules Committee Rejects Broadcaster Freedom Amendment Along Partisan Lines

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Mike Pence released the following statement in response to the news that the Democrat-majority Rules Committee had rejected the ‘Broadcaster Freedom Amendment’ which would have prevented the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine’ and enacting proposed broadcast localism regulations for the next fiscal year.

All Democrats present voted against allowing the amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which funds the FCC, on a final vote of 7-4.

"The First Amendment is not a partisan issue. The preservation of freedom is the paramount duty of every elected Representative and should take precedence over partisan politics.

"Today Congress had an opportunity to allow the American people and their elected Representatives to ensure the freedom of the airwaves and today Congress said ‘no.’

"The Walden-Pence Broadcaster Freedom Amendment would have reassured all Americans that broadcast radio would remain free from government censorship for at least the next fiscal year.

"I am profoundly disappointed that Democrats on the Rules Committee rejected this straightforward amendment. Over 300 Members of this body supported broadcast freedom when the Pence Amendment was enacted by Congress in 2007.

"The Broadcaster Freedom Amendment would have easily passed the House.

"Every time freedom gets a vote on the floor of the People’s House, freedom always wins. Tonight, freedom lost.

"However, I am still confident that broadcast freedom will ultimately prevail and we will send the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ to the ash heap of broadcast history. Thanks to the overwhelming encouragement of thousands of Americans voicing their support for the Walden-Pence amendment, as well as the consistency and vigilance of colleagues like Greg Walden, Jeb Hensarling and Jeff Flake, I am certain that it is only a matter of time before the specter of government censorship of the airwaves is dismantled forever."


Democrat Members of the Rules Committee who are cosponsors of the Broadcaster Freedom Act are Congressman Michael Arcuri (NY) and Congressman Jared Polis (CO).

Democrat Members of the Rules Committee who previously voted for the Pence Amendment in 2007 were Congressman Dennis Cardoza (CA), Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO) and Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL).

Now, why would the Democrats do a thing like this?

Is this the bipartisanism that we were told we would enjoy during the reign of Obama?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Democrats Block ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Ban”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    “However, I am still confident that broadcast freedom will ultimately prevail and we will send the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ to the ash heap of broadcast history.

    That sounds good, but sounding good doesn’t always result in action. Who doesn’t believe that these House Democrats are drunk with power? The mood has changed since 2007, and poor Mike Pence is sadly whistling past the graveyard.

    Localism is going to be the vehicle for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. They know the track record for the straightforward method of applying equal hours of political views in a broadcast day is too pitiful to try, so they are going to use a back-door method to accomplish the same thing. Soon, we will see many major markets employ a “citizens board” to evaluate the specific programs (Rush, Hannity, Levin, Ingraham, Boortz, etc) that a station in that market runs every day. There will be one board per station in that market.

    And with the demonizing of Conservative radio as “hate speech”, combined with the new climate in our country of Napolitano’s watch alert against white veterans-as-terrorists, one can only see the writing on the wall.

    Who will make up these “citizen boards”? Well, in the top twenty major markets in America, what demographic group is it that gets the most attention for their crime, jobelessness, and ghettos? They will be deciding whether their radio stations will air these white old men on the airwaves.

    • neocon mom says:

      “And with the demonizing of Conservative radio as “hate speech”, combined with the new climate in our country of Napolitano’s watch alert against white veterans-as-terrorists, one can only see the writing on the wall.”

      Add to the writing on the wall: Newsweek outrageously attempts this week to link the recent shift throughout Europe in recent elections to “scaremongers” like Mark Steyn. These fringe parties could accurately be described as statist, if not simply by the term “neo-nazi” and have an agenda far more in common with that of our dear leader’s administration.

      With the championing of hate crimes legislation (had to roll my eyes whilst listening to Ben Cardin’s sanctimony today) how long until some kinds of speech are dubbed more dangerous than others and banned? Especially when such phony cause and effect relationships are put forth by the media? Expect more of this.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t kid yourself neocon-mom.

      They have no regard for free speech whatsoever.

      They are facists, which means they intend to control everything, down to the food you eat, the air your breathe, and the words that come our of your mouth.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Obama & Pelosi LLC are in a race with the clock. Midnight for them is next year’s repeal of the Bush Tax Rates, which if they don’t have everything wrapped up in their nationalist (or NAZI if you prefer the term in deutsche) ideal they will all be sent packing.

    Now! If only there were some conservatives who can organize a movement & take our country back. Hmmm, maybe we should make a list. Let’s start with John Kasich. Any others?

    Oh, & please, when the republicans start jockeying for POTUS, will they please stop making it about themselves & support any conservative ideal that their opponents may have? What I want is for oh, say Mike Huckabee to champion & defend a conservative approach even when ESPECIALLY WHEN it comes from another candidate.

    It’s not about THEM. It’s about US; We The People!

  3. GetBackJack says:

    No, the race against Time is the Mother Ship is returning before the end of the year, and they’re going to repossess the planet if we’re not all mining gold in South Africa for Louis Farakhan’s master race. (the gold is to atomize and insert into their home planet’s atmosphere in order to stave off catastrophic global warming – seriously)

    You really need to pick up the channel they’re receiving, then it all makes sense.

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    “The First Amendment is not a partisan issue.”

    It obviously is for democraps.

    “Every time freedom gets a vote on the floor of the People’s House, freedom always wins. Tonight, freedom lost.”

    And freedom will continue to be lost, at an alarming rate, as long as we have this president, politicians who have forgotten their purpose as elected officials, and no watch dog media. Alas…2010 is so damn far away.

    • proreason says:

      The only ray of hope, TZ, is that the vast majority of them love power more than they love ideology.

      And the polls are taking a sharp turn against them. And you the polls are rigged, so the mood is probably even more threatening than the numbers say.

      The Moron and his handlers are an exception. Apparently, they love ideology more than power.

      But the Framers were indeed brilliant beyond compare.

      Congress can yet stop the Chicago facists. And the people in Congress do love their power.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Thanks for shedding that “ray of hope”. It’s getting more difficult to keep a stiff upper lip with each passing day of government insanity. With the MSM double polling dems, you are more than correct about the people’s mood. 2010, I believe, will be very telling and hopefully give a swift size 15 steel-toed boot up congress’s behind to start doing their job.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    They won’t do anything – yet.

    But every president jiggalo needs an ace in the hole.

    The war on the people doesn’t start until the war for the state has already ended.

    Remember, they still need Medicare. (T-Minus Weeks, ““Ultimately, this is not about a process, it’s about results,” David Axelrod, Bloomberg 07/15/09)

    If it goes to endgame on a purely partisan vote, the Conservative media will be raising hell, just in time for the FCC to bring the return of Fairness.

  6. BigOil says:

    When you can’t win the war of ideas – silence the opposition.

  7. canary says:

    Obama’s has said many times of relooking at changing the 1st amendment, because we didn’t have the internet when it was wrote up. He has never been transparent as to exactly what he means. But, he owns the interent, he owns the media, his dreams book is full of hatred, the “n””f””s” words. His preacher full of hatred, even his filthy mouthed joke program, laughing about AF 1 flying over Gournd Zero, and hoping people die. He had spoken against America around the globe. Obama has set the bar as far as not following political correctness.

    And Obama’s most powerful henchman has called us a nation of cowards for not discussing race issues. Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. I don’t understand why Republicans aren’t fighting harder, or are they are but the media has silenced Republicans. Are they not trying to make it so that even wealth can not buy some fairness?

  8. wardmama4 says:

    btw, Dirty Harry snuck S909 the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act into Defense Authorization bill S. 1390

    The DNC run 111th Congress will come after us and silence us (and shred the Constitution) however they can. . .They will not stop and they will not stoop to any low to succeed. . .

    God Help America

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