Friday, July 27, 2007

Good news from the FCC for once

It's not the best news possible, that the FCC is eliminating content regulation, but at least they do not plan on censoring political speech with the leftist "Fairness Doctrine."

There is no "compelling reason to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine," the head of the Federal Communications Commission said in a letter to lawmakers this week.

Chairman Kevin J. Martin, responding to a letter from several House Republicans on the modern-day appropriateness of the rule, assured them that the media regulator has no intention of bringing back the doctrine, which required broadcasters to present contrasting points of view on issues of public importance.

"In my judgment, the events of the last two decades have confirmed the wisdom of the commission's decision to abolish the Fairness Doctrine," wrote Mr. Martin, a Republican, in a letter dated Monday and released yesterday.

"Discussion of controversial issues over the airwaves has flourished absent regulatory constraints, and the public now enjoys access to an ever-expanding range of views and opinions. Indeed, with the continued proliferation of additional sources of information and programming, including satellite broadcasting and the Internet, the need for the Fairness Doctrine has lessened ever further since 1987."

Good news, but we still need to get something passed so this doesn't make a comeback later. I'd rather go a step further and stop cotent regulation altogether and have the FCC go back to only making sure stations do not interfere with one another.

4 comments: said...

Passing laws just to "get something done" always worries me. I'll take this call as a good omen and hope it keeps.

Remember, Madison once questioned the need of a Bill of Rights because he feared the rights not specifically enumerated therein would be assumed to be in danger.


djtyg said...

Why are you guys so afraid of the fairness doctrine when you say the media is liberal anyway?

I smell b.s.

Republican Michigander said...

1. I have a major problem with government regulating content at it is. That goes double for political speech.

2. The media is leftist in their slant, but claims not to be. With the fairness doctrine, outrighted slanted material would be regulated off the air, while "closeted" slanted material would stay. Instead of open discussion of both sides, it wouldn't be there in the first place - as it wasn't before the mid 80's.

djtyg said...

So according to you, the "liberal media"(tm) wouldn't exist anymore, but it would still exist.


You guys sure you're not backing it because Fox Noise wouldn't be able to bullshit people anymore?