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A "distraction" that won't go away: FCC drops Fairness Doctrine again

A “distraction” that won’t go away: FCC drops Fairness Doctrine again

Apparently you can’t repeal the Fairness Doctrine too many times over at the Federal Communications Commission. Today FCC Chair Julius Genachowski announced that the policy, which the agency dumped in the 1980s, needs to be scotched yet again. An “unnecessary distriction,” Genachowski called the Fairness Doctrine, which “holds the potential to chill free speech and […]

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The decade's most important radio trends: #8 The Great Fairness Doctrine Panic

The decade's most important radio trends: #8 The Great Fairness Doctrine Panic

It was the summer of 2007. Not moments after the Republican far right triumphed over President Bush’s hated immigration reform law than Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, introduced a rider to a budgetary bill in the House that would forbid funding for the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the Fairness Doctrine. The bill overwhelmingly […]

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Mark Lloyd

FCC's Mark Lloyd: "allow me to clear away some mud"

The Federal Communications Commission’s Diversity Officer defended himself this morning from the veritable avalanche of attacks he has sustained since he took his job. Speaking at a Washington, D.C. conference, Mark Lloyd asked to be allowed to “clear away some mud:” “I am not a Czar appointed by President Obama. I am not at the […]

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FCC Fairness Doctrine enforcer, back in the Bad Old Days

Fairness Doctrine phobes target FCC

Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski is in hot water with the right wing talk radio crowd. They’ve discovered that his Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer, Mark Lloyd, is a co-author of that noted and/or notorious study, The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio. So Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, has written […]

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Robert M. McDowell at his senate confirmation hearing

McDowell cooling off on Fairness Doctrine war?

Everybody and their mother who watches Federal Communications Commission politics wrote up pretty much everything proposed FCC Chair Julius Genachowski said at his Senate Commerce Committee nomination hearing on Tuesday. But a lot less got written about the comments of the other nominee: Republican Robert M. McDowell, he up for a reappointment. And even less […]

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