RE: marginally on-topic: Question about Fairness doctrine

Subject: RE: marginally on-topic: Question about Fairness doctrine
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Hemstreet, Deborah" <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:56:07 -0600

Hemstreet, Deborah wrote:

> In the course of different conversations and interests, I've come
> something called the Fairness doctrine, which is supposed to be voted
> by our legislature in the near future.
> Apparently, it could cause many radio stations to go off the
> air-demanding that everyone gives equal time to opposing points of
> I've just heard that they have included a clause to expand this to the
> Internet and regulating Internet content. How far does a thing like
> go? Would it be implemented *only* on political/religious points of
> (what is planned for radio), or to *ALL* points of view? How would
> impact those of us with opposing points of view for professional
> practice? For example, the old Word vs Frame argument?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many Democrats want to reinstate the
Fairness Doctrine. Pelosi has blocked a bill by Rep. Mike Pence,
"Broadcaster's Freedom Act," that would permanently ban such viewpoint
regulations. But it's doubtful that Congress would reinstate the
Fairness Doctrine, at least under that name. Here's a recent news story
about that aspect:

Regarding the Internet, you may have heard something about proposed
Congressional rules requiring members of Congress to get prior
leadership approval before posting opinions on the Web. Here's some info
at the Chicago Boyz blog:

Or you may have heard about concerns recently raised by FCC Commissioner
Robert McDowell regarding the agency's expansion into Internet oversight
and how it may lead to content regulation. Here's a short article from
last week about that:


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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