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FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules
The Hill ^

Posted on 08/22/2011 2:27:32 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules By Gautham Nagesh - 08/22/11 03:21 PM ET

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.

“The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement.

"The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books."

The rule required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in a manner deemed fair and balanced by the FCC. The commission deemed it unconstitutional in 1987 and ceased enforcement.

Some Democrats had suggested reviving the Fairness Doctrine in recent years in reaction to the partisan nature of cable news. Republicans were pushing the FCC to scrap it once and for all.

Genachowski previously pledged to strike the Fairness Doctrine and other antiquated rules as part of the Obama administration's ongoing regulatory review aimed at reducing the burden on businesses. The administration recently expanded the review to include independent agencies.

“Our extensive efforts to eliminate outdated regulations are rooted in our commitment to ensure that FCC rules and policies promote a healthy climate for private investment and job creation," Genachowski said. "I’m proud of the work we are doing toward our goal of being model of excellence in government."

The FCC also said it will delete the obsolete "broadcast flag" rules along with 50 other regulations that have already been removed. Genachowski said the agency's work is not done, and he has directed the head of each agency bureau to review rules in their areas with a goal of eliminating or revising rules that place needless burdens on businesses.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; doctrine; fairness; fairnessdoctrine; fcc; freespeech; genachowski; localism

1 posted on 08/22/2011 2:27:35 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Seems to be excellent news.


2 posted on 08/22/2011 2:28:55 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obie beginning to toss Libs under the bus?


3 posted on 08/22/2011 2:29:16 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Sub-Driver

No doubt they’ll just re-name it.


4 posted on 08/22/2011 2:31:53 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE RINOS!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Watch for the new word, “localism.”


5 posted on 08/22/2011 2:32:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (In order; Palin, Perry, None of the rest matter 'til the general)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, there is at least one American in the government that remembers the Constitution.....another liberal Marxist attempt upon America SQUASHED!!!

Some good news for a change out of Washington.


6 posted on 08/22/2011 2:33:05 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sub-Driver

“...excellence in government.”

Hmm. I wonder who he listens to.


7 posted on 08/22/2011 2:33:28 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Good news out of Washington DC. What am I missing? The beltway bandits never do anything unless it benefits them.
8 posted on 08/22/2011 2:33:42 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Strange, I don’t think this is good news. I wonder why I’m so skeptical of what our government does?


9 posted on 08/22/2011 2:34:41 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Terrorist Hobbit)
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To: Grunthor

Watch for the new word, “localism.”

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Yes, another typical Marxist methodology to suppress broadcasting of information by putting up “borders” around the sources. They have been trying this one for a long time as well....


10 posted on 08/22/2011 2:35:30 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sub-Driver

Collectivism never gives up; it simply re-routes.

If the fairness doctrine is eliminated, the Left will try something else.


11 posted on 08/22/2011 2:36:58 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Sub-Driver

Hope this permanently kills the handicap libs wanted placed on conservative speech on talk radio. They needed this handicap to even the playing field; that is, give them an undeserved advantage.


12 posted on 08/22/2011 2:42:00 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Winstons Julia

They are wiping it out so they can reinvent it under new theories.

Got to make some room and try to eliminate from the history of the FCC.


13 posted on 08/22/2011 2:46:11 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m guessing this is cover/distraction for a move in the near future to institute “local community involvement” (or some such thing) which will be even more caustic to free expression than the old “Fairness Doctrine”.


14 posted on 08/22/2011 2:47:52 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: dila813

That’s why I said “seems”... I always watch what the other hand is doing.


15 posted on 08/22/2011 2:49:14 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Something’s up!

I don’t trust these MF’ers as far as I could throw one.


16 posted on 08/22/2011 2:50:52 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

NBC-DNC, ABC-DNC, CBS-DNC, MSNBC-DNC etc... networks are relieved! With the Fairness Doctrine they would have had to given equal time to “real” Conservatives!


17 posted on 08/22/2011 2:55:51 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: EagleUSA; Grunthor
Glenn Beck attacks media "diversity and localism
18 posted on 08/22/2011 2:57:44 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: EagleUSA

Don’t get carried away. He is extremely liberal.


19 posted on 08/22/2011 3:05:51 PM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming - OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: Grunthor

This seems way too easy.


20 posted on 08/22/2011 3:10:31 PM PDT by GilGil
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To: Paperdoll

That would be my guess.


21 posted on 08/22/2011 3:14:24 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: Winstons Julia
Seems to be excellent news.

As with all govt actions we need to keep our eyes on what the "other hand" is doing.

Are they setting us up once again?

22 posted on 08/22/2011 3:28:28 PM PDT by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In other news Progressive DemoSocialist LibTurd heads explode


23 posted on 08/22/2011 3:33:50 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Gone, but not forgotten. At least one set of chains they haven’t got the power to use...for now.

The changing fortunes of our opponents doesn’t change their nature.


24 posted on 08/22/2011 3:33:53 PM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: Sub-Driver

Always watch the magician’s other hand.


25 posted on 08/22/2011 3:36:36 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sub-Driver
A paragraph from the Politico story on this:
Genachowski said in a statement that the move was aimed at promoting “a healthy climate for private investment and job creation.”
I guess I've finally gone off the deep end and need to be committed to an old age home.

Unless somebody can explain to me how duumping a bunch of outdated laws that haven't been enforced in years are going to create jobs or encourage private investment. Huh? Genachowski is the one gone off the deep end.

26 posted on 08/22/2011 3:37:09 PM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The FCC also said it will delete the obsolete "broadcast flag" rules along with 50 other regulations that have already been removed.

From the Department of Redundancy Department.

27 posted on 08/22/2011 3:41:16 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: Sub-Driver
Even though the despotic instinct survives in Democrats everywhere, they've just been robbed of a cherished weapon. This is definitely a good day for the good guys.

No doubt, they'll try another angle, but that's fine. Let them slink back in defeat, knowing that they'll find nothing but pain and opposition next time they try to muzzle free speech.

28 posted on 08/22/2011 3:42:35 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: Bullish

True. ACORN is supposedly defunct, also.

Names and tactics may change, but the goals of the control freaks don’t.


29 posted on 08/22/2011 3:44:17 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Sub-Driver

So what new evil are they cooking up?


30 posted on 08/22/2011 4:27:23 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama/Biden '12: No hope and chump change.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Good news out of Washington DC. What am I missing?

My dad always told me, that the best thing to ever come out of Washington DC was I-95 North!...

31 posted on 08/22/2011 4:44:47 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: bfree
Don’t get carried away. He is extremely liberal.

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Yes, he is. That is why he is in the job.
Obama wanted to make sure that he had someone who would carry out his Marxist, anti-Constitutional policies where ever he can get away with them. Standard operating procedure.

32 posted on 08/22/2011 4:44:54 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2767414/posts


33 posted on 08/22/2011 5:36:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Grunthor

“Watch for the new word, “localism.”

Exactly. Omoslem and his merry Commies are just re-branding it.


34 posted on 08/23/2011 5:01:12 AM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why am I suspicious?


35 posted on 08/23/2011 6:33:41 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Sub-Driver

The first thing that came to my mind was John Effin’ Kerry’s admonition last week to news outlets not to give The Tea Party “equal time”.


36 posted on 08/23/2011 6:35:20 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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