Censochimps: House of Representatives Style

House Majority Leaders Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has decided to not bring to the floor a bill that will permanently kill the Fairness Doctrine.

The bill to permanently bury the Fairness Doctrine has been sponsored and championed by Mike Pence (R-IN). It would prevent the FCC or any other regulatory body from imposing the doctrine on the media. For some time, it appeared that Pence had the votes to pass it. Hoyer’s reluctance to bring it to the floor means he is waiting to see how many seats the Democrats will gain in the upcoming election before deciding on whether to bring the measure up for a vote.

Given that the Republicans must defend 32 seats that are “open” seats this year, most analysts put the number of seats the Democrats will gain at between 20-30. If so, that would almost certainly kill Pence’s bill and open the door to enacting some form of the Fairness Doctrine.

One thing for sure – this is no longer a liberal pipe dream. The threat is real.

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Ah yes, lending credence to the “Free State.” You are free to say anything, so long as it is government approved.



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