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Bills Introduced to Block Return of Fairness Doctrine

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Bills have been introduced in Congress to
block the Federal Communications Commission from re-instating the
Fairness Doctrine.

Until it was abolished in 1987, radio and TV stations were required to offer air time for opposing views on controversial issues.

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint notes that at a time when
Christianity has become controversial, a revived Fairness Doctrine
could be used to press Christian stations to air anti-Christian
views.

Conservative talk show hosts worry that government-mandated balance would prompt stations to drop their programs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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