Senate Bars FCC from Reconsidering Fairness Doctrine

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Some good news for free speech today: the Senate has used its oversight authority to bar the FCC from reconsidering the Fairness Doctrine.

While President Obama has publically opposed reinstating the arcane rule that required equal time on the airwaves for opposing political views, Republicans wanted to make sure the Democratic-controlled government didn’t recreate the law as an attempt to quiet conservative talk radio. For once, Rush Limbaugh was right about something.

With the wide variety of media sources and endless variety of opinions available on TV and the Internet, there is no conceivable reason we need the Fairness Doctrine. Free speech might be messy, but it’s a cornerstone of democracy. I’m glad the Senate made sure the FCC will stay out of the business of regulating political speech.