Support the Broadcaster Freedom Act

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Feb 20, 2009

Support the Broadcaster Freedom Act

The Fairness Doctrine was first introduced in 1949 as a means to require conservative radio talk shows to give equal time to opposing viewpoints. In 1985 the FCC was of the opinion that it violated the First Amendment and in 1987 the courts mandated that the FCC did not have to continue to enforce it.  Presidents Reagan and Bush vetoed bills Congress presented to have it reinstated. Currently several prominent democrats are pursuing it again.  This is due largely to the increasing rise in popularity of conservative talk shows.

Christian radio is another potential victim, as judicial precedence has been set concerning the FCC’s authority to regulate it.

President Obama has said he is “not in favor of the Fairness Doctrine,” but that may be an issue of semantics because he is in favor of the concept.  Public awareness and opposition to its current title might cause supporters to rename it along the lines of “Diversity of Ownership” or “Diversity of Viewpoints.” 

Americans who value their freedom of speech need to be on the alert for the following ways the “Censorship” Doctrine could become law:

1)      It could pass as a stand alone bill;

2)      It could pass covertly as part of a larger bill;

3)      It could be ordered by President Obama;

4)      President Obama could appoint a new FCC Commissioner that is in favor of it.

Last month Republican Congressman Mike Pence introduced the Broadcaster Freedom Act that will “prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from prescribing rules, regulations, or policies that will reinstate the requirement that broadcasters present opposing viewpoints in controversial issues of public importance. The Broadcaster Freedom Act will prevent the FCC or any future President from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.”

Republican Senator Jim DeMint, S.C., is attempting to force Senators to take a position either way by offering the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill, which will be presented next week.

Select here to email Congressman Mike Pence at: or call him at (202) 225-3021.

Email Senator Jim DeMint at: or call him at Phone: 202-224-6121 to show your support of the Broadcasters’ Freedom Act in order to protect your First Amendment rights!

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Thank you in advance for your generous support!

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Pastor Rick Scarborough

Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.   2 Chronicles 19:7

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