February 11, 2009
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
Bozell: "Yet Another Liberal
Seeking A Return of the Censorship Doctrine"
Iowa Sen. Tom
Harkin says “We gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again.”
Iowan Tom Harkin today became the second Democratic Senator in less
than a week to call for a return of the Censorship Doctrine,
otherwise mis-known as the “Fairness” Doctrine. Harkin ended his
interview with left-wing radio host Bill Press by saying “(W)e gotta
get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again.”
joined Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
Senator Chuck Schumer and an ever growing laundry list of liberal
censors on the record calling for a return of the anti-free speech
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation.
Doctrine was an FCC regulation in place and enforced between 1949
and 1987. Promising “fairness” and balance on the radio, it
actually silenced virtually all discussion of controversial issues.
President Ronald Reagan accurately identified it as anti-First
Amendment and rescinded it, and the free market of talk radio has
since flourished. Conservatives have prospered while liberals have
repeatedly failed to garner an audience, so they now seek to censor
their opposition with a return of the Censorship Doctrine.
Research Center leads the Free Speech Alliance (www.FreeSpeechAlliance.us),
made up of fifty-nine (59) organizations representing more than
seven million Americans dedicated to defending free speech against a
return of the Censorship Doctrine or any other assault on talk radio
and the First Amendment.
Audio of the
interview is accessible online at:
President L. Brent Bozell:
“Here we have
yet another liberal seeking a return of the Censorship Doctrine,
otherwise mis-known as the ‘Fairness’ Doctrine. We can now add Sen.
Harkin to an ever growing laundry list of liberal censors that seek
to silence free speech by shutting down conservative talk radio.
“There are some
liberals in the media that insist the fear of a return of the
Censorship Doctrine is an imaginary one that exists only in the
heads of paranoid conservatives. Meanwhile, one liberal leader
after another publicly states his or her intent to bring it back.
and Stabenow, Speaker Pelosi and all the liberals who are seeking to
bring back the Censorship Doctrine need to understand one thing.
The Media Research Center and the Free Speech Alliance stand with
the American people and the First Amendment against your efforts and
will not allow you to silence conservative talk radio.”
To schedule an interview with MRC President
Brent Bozell or another MRC spokesperson,
please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O’Boyle (x.
122) at (703) 683-5004.
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