Wednesday, August 13, 2008

FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content

“The Fairness Doctrine has not been raised at the FCC, but the importance of this election is in part – has something to do with that,” McDowell said. “So you know, this election, if it goes one way, we could see a re-imposition of the Fairness Doctrine. There is a discussion of it in Congress. I think it won’t be called the Fairness Doctrine by folks who are promoting it. I think it will be called something else and I think it’ll be intertwined into the net neutrality debate.”

Hasn't occurred to me before, but I bet it would be some morphing of "Network Neutrality", including possibly adopting that name, as it has wide popularity among techies. Maybe if Obama wins (most likely) he can tap Andrew Cuomo as the new head of the FCC to clean up this internet mess, that is if he isn't already running for some other office. Liberal media doesn't seem to be too bothered about these developments nor have I heard of any threats from the ACLU. I guess only Republicans can do anything that might be characterized as censorship.

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