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Talk radio could be a new battleground for congress this year there are renewed calls for a resurrection of what's called the Fairness Doctrine.
A regulation requiring balance in the treatment of political issues but opponents say it is anything but fair -- -- -- Molly Henneberg tells us who's doing the talking.
And what's being said.
Some Democrats and liberal radio talk show hosts such as bill press say the government needs to bring back in 1940s policy on broadcast content is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.
I actually think it's time.
Could be bringing accountability.
-- -- away.
Michigan democratic senator -- -- now whose husband Tom Athens is -- has been an executive at various liberal radio talk groups.
-- she expects hearings at some point on the Fairness Doctrine.
It was a policy abolished in 1987 requiring broadcast stations to provide opposing views on controversy -- issues.
But Oklahoma Republican senator James in -- says radio programming should be based on what brings in listeners and advertisers.
I can't think of anything worse than have a government in a position to dictate the content.
Have information going over public radio the whole idea is it his bid market driven.
In half and other critics believe those pushing to bring back the Fairness Doctrine nicknamed the hush rush doctor and want to diminish the influence of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts.
Supporters insist that's not the case.
And we're not gonna take.
-- the conservative voices off the -- -- but just make sure there the few progressives or liberals out there.
Exactly and that's why we need to turn the stock and.
During the presidential campaign spokesman said then senator Barack Obama did not favor reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
But his White House spokesman has since left the door open.
-- pledge to you to study up on the Fairness Doctrine so that one day I might give you I'm more.
Considering that eight out of the top ten national radio talk programs such as Laura -- show have conservative hosts senator in -- says Democrats and liberal advocacy groups aren't going to let the matter drop.
They are committed to make this happen and so we've got to be ready and in -- introduced a bill this year to prevent round two of the Fairness Doctrine but he says so far he cannot get one Democrat to cosponsor it.
-- Molly thank you.
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