What represents a big win for everyone’s first amendment right, the FCC once and for all struck the Fairness Doctrine from law.
“The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead,” Genachowski said in a statement on the FCC website.
But that’s not all. The move to cut it was part of President Obama’s efforts to lift the burden on businesses from useless and costly government regulations.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the decision to eliminate the Fairness Doctrine was part of a larger mandate proposed by the Obama administration to ease regulatory burdens by getting rid of duplicative or outdated measures.
What’s amazing here is that candidate Obama was all about the Fairness Doctrine, albeit under the disguise of another name. He calls it media-ownership caps and network neutrality. And the Soros think tanks came up with the back-door Fairness Doctrine. A plan ‘B’ if you will. I wouldn’t expect that this decision will stop their efforts to destroy conservative talk radio. They’re not going away.
So the legal aspects of the Fairness Doctrine are wiped from the books. Which puts the focus on the President to come up with a Fairness Doctrine by fiat (like he is trying to do with amnesty for illegal aliens). The Progressives are not going to like this decision. Especially since it is being called an ‘outdated’ measure.