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“...people believe that the Fairness Doctrine is, for some reason, going to be making a return in 2009. George Will is warning his readers against it! Michael Gerson is advising Obama not to reimpose it! Kooky, episodic conspiracies are getting cooked up over it. And K. Lo at the National Review wants to come up with some new name to refer to it. Hey! How about the You All Are Totally Kidding Yourselves Doctrine?” - Fairness Doctrine Fears: A Fake Right Wing Firestorm, by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post

Here are some other notable quotes:

“[L]icensees should convene and consult with permanent advisory boards made up of leaders from the community of each broadcast station” (emphasis added) to “help the licensees ascertain the programming needs of the community.” -- FCC Proposed Rulemaking, January 2008

The FCC  “should adopt processing guidelines, such as minimum percentages to ensure that stations produce a certain amount of locally-oriented programming.” - FCC Proposed Rulemaking, January 2008

“[W]e need to implement concrete steps to enhance localism … The law requires us to serve the public interests, not the interests of the media giants that we oversee.” -- FCC Commissioner Jonathon Adelstein

“Today, we are again heading back in time – in the wrong direction. Vigorous competition motivates broadcasters to serve local communities. I do not believe that government needs to, or should, foist upon local stations its preferences regarding categories of programming. We risk treading on the First Amendment rights of broadcasters with unnecessary regulation.” -- FCC Commissioner Kevin McDowell

"Any effort to encourage more responsive and balanced radio programming will first require steps to increase localism and diversify radio station ownership to better meet local and community needs. We suggest three ways to accomplish this:

  • Restore local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations.
  • Ensure greater accountability over radio licensing.
  • Require commercial owners who fail to abide by enforceable public interest obligations to pay a fee to support public broadcasting.

--Center for American Progress

“I want all of you to know how important I think it is that we have this national inclusive open transparent discussion on the government’s responsibility to ensure that the nation’s media marketplace reflects the diversity, and opinions and views, and meets the needs of the local communities and ensures fair competition.." --From then-Senator Barack Obama, September 20, 2007

“We should be doing more to encourage diversity in ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets, and expression of diverse viewpoints, and establish greater clarity in the public interest obligations of public broadcasters occupying our nation’s spectrum..." -- From then-Senator Barack Obama, September 20, 2007

“Instead of greater consolidation, I fully endorse a call for new rules promoting greater coverage of local issues, greater responsiveness of the broadcasters to the communities they operate in. I also believe that broadcasters’ license renewal requests, the periodic review required to ensure that broadcasters are complying with their public interest obligations to local communities for using the public spectrum, should require greater FCC scrutiny and public input should occur more frequently.” - From then-Senator Barack Obama, September 20, 2007

“Conservative paranoia over the possible reinstatement of the "fairness doctrine," a defunct policy requiring that broadcasters allow opposing points of view to be heard over the airwaves, has reached a fevered pitch. In September, George Will was warning his readers that, "[u]nless McCain is president, the government will reinstate the ... 'fairness doctrine.'” … I called the array of Democratic congressmen who had been tagged by conservatives as doctrine proponents. But they all denied any intention to push for its reinstatement... the more I searched for actual evidence of the doctrine's return, the more I had to conclude that Schumer was just messing with their heads.” - Fairness Doctrine Fears: A Fake Right Wing Firestorm, by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post

“...people believe that the Fairness Doctrine is, for some reason, going to be making a return in 2009. George Will is warning his readers against it! Michael Gerson is advising Obama not to reimpose it! Kooky, episodic conspiracies are getting cooked up over it. And K. Lo at the National Review wants to come up with some new name to refer to it. Hey! How about the You All Are Totally Kidding Yourselves Doctrine?” - Fairness Doctrine Fears: A Fake Right Wing Firestorm, by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post

“Conservative paranoia over the possible reinstatement of the "fairness doctrine," a defunct policy requiring that broadcasters allow opposing points of view to be heard over the airwaves, has reached a fevered pitch. In September, George Will was warning his readers that, "[u]nless McCain is president, the government will reinstate the ... 'fairness doctrine.'” … I called the array of Democratic congressmen who had been tagged by conservatives as doctrine proponents. But they all denied any intention to push for its reinstatement... the more I searched for actual evidence of the doctrine's return, the more I had to conclude that Schumer was just messing with their heads.” - Bum Rush by Marin Cogan at The New Republic

Don't Call it the 'Fairness Doctrine': The term fairness doctrine "generates such strong and stereotyped reactions, the approach will need greater focus and a new name. … Maybe nonprofit access mechanism would be more precise and less inflammatory, even thought it isn't particularly sexy." -- Diane Disney, Penn State and Former Clinton administration official

"[B]oth the FCC and Waxman are looking to licensing and renewal of licensing as a means of enforcing 'Fairness Doctrine' type policies without actually using the hot-button term "Fairness Doctrine." - American Spectator 2-16-09

“[C]onsolidation continues to choke the life blood out of localism … It degenerates diversity, denies minorities and women and diminishes our already distorted democratic dialogue. If we truly believe in localism … the time has come to do something about it.” -- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Oct. 31, 2007

 

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