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Obama Nixes Fairness Doctine Revival

By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama does not support reviving the so-called Fairness doctrine, an aide said on Wednesday, knocking down speculation that Obama was open to reinstating the rule requiring broadcasters to air alternate perspectives on controversial issues.

Some administration officials had made non-committal remarks about the policy. But Ben LaBolt, a White House spokesman, said Obama "does not support the Fairness Doctrine," and never had. He pointed to comments from a spokesman during the 2008 campaign to that effect, saying Obama was now "reaffirming" his opposition to the abandoned rule.

Conservatives fiercely oppose the doctrine, and have threatened to cut off funding to the Federal Communications Commission if it tries to impose editorial limits on broadcasters, as some Democrats have occasionally urged.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 18, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Comments

This is the tub thumping that passes for "programming" in political talk.

Hannity is not the product of fairness or journalism or political opinion or even entertainment.

He is the product of too many channels and the need to fill dead air with Geico Commercials.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 18, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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