From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Pres. Obama repeatedly said during his campaign that he was against the Fairness Doctrine. Use of FCC rules to achieve similar ends violates his promise. FCC rules which will censor, limit, or restrain free speech – on conservative or Christian talk radio, on the internet or anywhere else – are not just abhorrent, they violate our First Amendment rights to free speech and to freedom of the press, as upheld by numerous courts. I urge the FCC to abandon this attempt to silence the opposing viewpoint through rule-making. This includes any attempt to invoke the antiquated FCC rule mis-known as the “Fairness” Doctrine – as well as backdoor “Fairness” Doctrine-type FCC regulatory powers such as enforcement of “localism,” “diversity in media ownership” and service of the “local” or “public interest.” This also includes any attempt to regulate content of the internet or any other journalistic outlet.