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Although the Fairness Doctrine, requiring broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial issues, was abolished in 1987, this bill would inhibit the Federal Communications Commission from reintroducing it in the future.
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Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), notwithstanding any other provision of any Act, from having the authority to require broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial issues of public...Read the Rest
Organizations Supporting H.R.226
- National Association of Broadcasters
- National Right to Life Committee
- Family Research Council
- American Center for Law and Justice
Organizations Opposing H.R.226
- None via MapLight at this time.