Members Of Congress Ask FCC Chairman Not To Create "Fairness Doctrine 2.0"
December 11, 2013
Sixteen members of House Energy and Commerce Committee have signed a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, asking him to halt a study that they consider could lead to "Fairness Doctrine 2.0." The study in question is the "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs."
The letter was penned by Greg Walden (R-OR), the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He wrote, "Last Congress, after more than 60 years, the FCC finally removed the 'Fairness Doctrine' from the Code of Federal Regulations. Over the course of its time on the books, FCC Chairmen and Commissioners have acknowledged that it was an intrusion by the FCC into the freedoms of speech and the press that could not be supported by law. Given the widespread calls for the commission to respect the First Amendment and stay out of the editorial decisions of reporters and broadcasters, we were shocked to see that the FCC is putting itself back in the business of attempting to control the political speech of journalists. It is wrong, it is unconstitutional, and we urge you to put a stop to this most recent attempt to engage the FCC as the ‘news police.'”