Media & Communications Policy

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Hate Speech and the First Amendment

Posted in Broadcasting, Content Controls, Fairness Doctrine, FCC, First Amendment, Free speech, Media Regulation, Radio
“If you bring up the First Amendment, you’re a racist.”  In so many words that’s the message – or threat – to anyone who would dare question the constitutionality of a proposal that the government launch an inquiry into media content.      The threat is leveled by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) in a… Continue Reading

Shadow Debate

Posted in Broadcasting, Cable a la carte, Content Controls, Fairness Doctrine, FCC, First Amendment, Localism, Media Regulation, Public Interest Standard
By guest blogger ROBERT CORN-REVERE, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLC, Washington, D.C. During the presidential campaign, and particularly since the election, conservative talk radio and the blogosphere have been abuzz with rumors that the Democratic agenda would include reviving the Fairness Doctrine.  Prominent media activists have labeled such claims as fantasy and asserted they have… Continue Reading

Fairness Doctrine Redux?

Posted in Fairness Doctrine
It comes as no surprise that Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), perhaps the most partisan politician in America, has indicated his support for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.  Neither is there any surprise in the reasoning he conjures up for the purpose. As he told Fox News last week: “The very same people who don’t… Continue Reading