Long opposed by the talk-radio right as a First-Amendment violation, the policy officially meets its end
Looks like Rush Limbaugh can breathe a sigh of relief. The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to comply with a House GOP request to once and for all kill the fairness doctrine.
The doctrine requires broadcasters to air opposing points of view but the FCC ruled in 1987 that it would stop enforcing it. Republicans in recent years, however, have voiced concern that the FCC may try to revive the rule in some way and possibly use it to curtail conservative talk radio.
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House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) wrote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski last month to urge him to formally remove from the Code of Federal Regulations the fairness doctrine and rules allowing for those who are attacked by a broadcaster's editorial to respond on air.
Genachowski has repeatedly said in the past that he does not favor reviving the fairness doctrine. He wrote the lawmakers Monday to say he expects the FCC staff will recommend the deletion of the fairness doctrine and related provisions as part of his effort to comply with President Obama's call for agency's to eliminate unnecessary regulations.