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U.S. Rep. Johnson Applauds Striking of Fairness Doctrine


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson today praised the decision by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to remove the Fairness Doctrine from the rule books.

"This is long overdue," Rep. Johnson said. "As with many policies promulgated in our nation's capital, this is one of the most egregiously misnamed policies on the books. In fact, it is the polar opposite of fairness. This doctrine was adopted in 1949 when equal time provisions actually meant something. Since then the number of broadcast outlets has exploded.

"The federal government deserves no role whatsoever in policing the airwaves for what some bureaucrat may deem as a tilted viewpoint. I applaud the chairman's actions. This rule hasn't been enforced for many years anyway and it's presence in the Code of Federal Regulations was unnecessary."

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