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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Obama Said He Was Against The Fairness Doctrine

Will he support this?

Hey folks

Following this post, is the open letter from Rush Limbaugh to President Obama as it appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Friday. Well, it appears that word of this pending article got to Obama before it happened, so on Wednesday, I think, Obama sent out his spokes person to state that Obama was AGAINST the Fairness Doctrine or restricting Free Speech.

OK. If this is true, then I have a question for President Obama. Will you SUPPORT this? According to Newsmax.com - DeMint to Force Vote on Fairness Doctrine By: Jim Meyers

Sen. Jim DeMint announced that he will force a vote next week on a bill that prevents the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

The South Carolina Republican’s bill, the Broadcaster Freedom Act, is co-sponsored by John Thune, R-S.D., and 27 others and will be offered as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill.

President Barack Obama is opposed to any move to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, spokesman Ben LaBolt said Wednesday.

But as Sen. DeMint notes in a statement, some Democrats in Congress have indicated that they would support a reinstatement.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, asked in a recent interview if she favored reinstatement, said: “I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves.”

Back in June, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by John Gizzi of Human Events if she personally supported the revival of the Fairness Doctrine, and she declared: “Yes.”

Yeah remember "Hush Rush?" The all out attack on Rush and other Radio Show Hosts? Just type in "The Fairness Doctrine" in the Search Engine here and you will see that they have been at this for a LONG time.

As recently as last week, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said in an interview: “We need the Fairness Doctrine back.”

Sen. DeMint stated: "I'm glad President Obama finally confirmed his opposition to the Fairness Doctrine, which attacks the right of free speech on talk radio, but many Democrats in Congress are still pushing it.

“With the support of the new administration, now is the time for Congress to take a stand against this kind of censorship. I intend to seek a vote on this amendment next week so every senator is on record: Do you support free speech or do you want to silence voices you disagree with?"


I hope he does. I hope that President Obama states that he wants THIS Bill to past. To PROHIBIT this direct violation of the First Amendment. I guess we will have to wait to see.

So I ask you again Mr. President. Answer Rush's Letter Publicly. Will you support Senator DeMint's Bill? Will you come out, you yourself and not someone you can later say was NOT speaking for you, but YOU yourself come out and say you are against the Fairness Doctrine, and any effort by those in your Administration or Congress, to hinder Free Speech in any way? We ALL await your answer.
Peter

Sources:
Newsmax.com - DeMint to Force Vote on Fairness Doctrine

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