August 26, 2011
Deep-Sixing the 'Furnace Doctrine'
News Note: Chairmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Greg Walden (R-OR) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are pleased to share the good news that the FCC has finally eliminated the Fairness Doctrine from the Code of Federal Regulations. They have been pressing the FCC to take this action and welcome this long overdue development. It's one of those "inside baseball" news stories, but it's vitally important. It was sent to me by a good friend on the committee's staff. What it means is that we will continue to be a free people, nothing less. President Reagan famously called on the Soviet ruler, Mikhail Gorbachev, to "tear down this wall." And it fell. But Reagan also took care to remove another wall that inhibited freedom of information -- the so-called Fairness Doctrine of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This rule was little-known to the American people, but it effectively limited free political expression in this country. Liberals have been...(Read Full Article)