Vote to End Fairness Doctrine Not in Works, Hoyer Says


Josiah Ryan
CNSNews
January 8, 2009

The House Democratic leadership, which controls the legislative schedule, currently has no plans to bring the Broadcaster Freedom Act – which would permanently ban the Fairness Doctrine – up for a vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled legislation identical to the Broadcaster Freedom Act , with the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.)

The Fairness Doctrine was a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that required broadcasters to grant equal airtime to opposing viewpoints. The rule was rolled back during the Reagan administration.

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