Senate Democrats Endorse Censorship

GOP fails to get votes to block Fairness Doctrine

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A showdown over free speech in the U.S. Senate last night turned out to be a one-sided vote with only one Democrat siding with Republicans to block the return of the Fairness Doctrine. Sen. Norm Coleman (R.-Minn.) introduced the amendment to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Needing 60 votes, it failed when it received the support of 49 senators, including Democrat Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana. The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to make this is campaign issue for Senators Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Biden (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Mary Landrieu (La.), John Kerry (Mass.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.).


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Hopefully the NRSC knows that this is an issue that they could be playing with fire on in terms of making it a major election point. The notion of the "Fairness Doctrine" is one that could very easily be spun along emotional lines by Democrats, and could end up getting the abominable bureaucratic regulation reinstated rather than killed off for good. Not to mention, bringing back the Fairness Doctrine probably plays well in extremely liberal states like Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan, which could give normally "sure bet" Senators like Durbin, Kerry, and Levin (respectively) an even firmer strangehold over their seats for six more years, and a potential backlash could end up costing opportunities to claim seats in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and West Virginia...

I agree with the premise, but I don't trust the NRSC to not botch this fight.

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Silly by IJB

The Fairness Doctrine will *never* play with anyone who isn't a neo-Commie on the order of MoveOn.org

It is *much* easier to run ads along the lines of "The Democrats want to tell you what you can and can't listen to on the radio...", which will send Independents and Moderates streaming to the GOP, than it is to come up with some convoluted advocation of the Fairness Doctrine, when everyone outside of the most delusional Kos Kid knows that the Media (overall) already skews heavily to the Left.

This is one of those issues that is basically bungle-proof for the GOP.

Why don't these folks in the Senate who seem to be so in love with the idea of "Fairness" in broadcasting give it a dry run for a year or two on Government-funded broadcasters like NPR and PBS? After that, they can report-back and tell us how went that little experiment.

If anyone's interested, this brilliant idea came to me while listening to NPR's On Point this morning - a more-or-less typical, taxpayer-funded, hour-long Bush Sux™-fest with nary an Administration supporter among the host, panelists or callers.

Funny though, seems many Democrats are only concerned about "free speech" when it's to Blame America (and Bush) First™.

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Of course the term "fairness" in relation with the doctrine will have to be discredited in the ads and make clear that these senators voted for censorship.

In fact...that's even worse. These senators think that CENSORSHIP is FAIR! Now THAT is outrageous!

 
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