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A Solemn Promise

August 13th, 2008 - 6:02 am

This is probably — I hope — just a scare tactic:

There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.”

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McDowell spoke about a recent FCC vote to bar Comcast from engaging in certain Internet practices – expanding the federal agency’s oversight of Internet networks.

Not that any sane person needs a scare tactic to despise the “fairness” doctrine. And, let’s be honest, a web-controlling FD would hurt the Netroots far more than the libertarian-right where I make my home.

That said: If Congress reinstates the “fairness” doctrine, I’ll make VodkaPundit a test case.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to start asking for donations to cover legal fees I haven’t yet accrued. But if the FCC pushes, I’ll shove — and hard. And loud. And I’ll expect others, right and left, to do the same.

And together we’ll bury this damnable thing.

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