WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Senate approved an amendment this afternoon, which bans the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, a rule eliminated more than 20 years ago that forced broadcasters to air both sides of a controversial issue. This amendment, which passed by a vote of 87-11, was offered to legislation granting voting rights to the District of Columbia.
Commenting on the action, NAB Executive Vice President of Media Relations Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:
"NAB applauds today's Senate vote in opposition to the inaptly-named Fairness Doctrine. Diversity of opinion has never been greater than in today's media landscape. We salute President Obama and a bipartisan majority of the Senate for opposing the return of a rule that clearly violated the fundamental free speech rights under which this country was founded."
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