I’m glad to see that Senator Thune is the co-sponsor of a piece of legislation which should effectively shortstop the reintroduction of the appallingly unfair Fairness Doctrine:
Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SD) have introduced the Broadcaster Freedom Act (S. 34) today. The bill aims to prevent a return to the Fairness Doctrine, which essentially requires any holder of a broadcast license to promote a balanced view of the issues they discuss.
[Thune says, in part] “I advise every American to be hesitant when government officials offer to regulate the media in the name of ‘fairness.’ Our support for freedom of conscience and freedom of speech means that we must support the rights granted to even those with whom we disagree. Simply put, giving power to a few to impose ‘fairness’ in the media is a recipe for an Orwellian disaster.”
Lovely work there and spot on with that statement. While I’m not holding my breath for the chances which this bill actually has to become law (given the current numbers of freedom-loving elected peoples in the Senate and the House), I like the idea of anticipating what the opposition is planning to do, and acting first. May this be only the first of many sorties.