Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Broadcaster Freedom Act

From: The Honorable Mike Pence

Support Real Fairness on the Airwaves
Become an Original Cosponsor of the Broadcaster Freedom Act
Dear Republican Colleague:
The American people love a fair fight, especially where the issues of the day are debated. In a free market, fairness should be determined based upon equal opportunity, not equal results. As some voices are calling for Congress to enforce their idea of “fairness” upon the American people, it would be good for us to proceed with caution whenever some would achieve their “fairness” by limiting the freedom of others.
Since the demise of the Fairness Doctrine beginning in 1985, talk radio has emerged as a dynamic forum for public debate and an asset to the nation. Unfortunately, in the name of fairness, there has been much talk recently about the need to level the playing field of radio broadcasting by restoring the Fairness Doctrine.
Bringing back the Fairness Doctrine would amount to government control over political, religious and moral views expressed on the public airwaves. It is a dangerous proposal to suggest the government should be in the business of rationing free speech.
On Wednesday, January 7, we plan to reintroduce the Broadcaster Freedom Act. The bill is identical to HR 2905 in the 110th Congress, which every member of the House Republican Conference cosponsored. The Broadcaster Freedom Act will prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from prescribing rules, regulations, or policies that will reinstate the requirement that broadcasters present opposing viewpoints in controversial issues of public importance. The Broadcaster Freedom Act will prevent the FCC or any future President from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. This legislation ensures true freedom and fairness will remain on our radio airwaves.


Mike Pence Greg Walden
Member of Congress Member of Congress

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