Brent Bozell: FCC Deserves "One-Handed Applause;" MRC President Not Satisfied with Ruling to Strike Fairness Doctrine

Alexandria, VA – On the heels of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing it is erasing the Fairness Doctrine, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell criticized the move as incomplete:

'The FCC deserves a one-handed round of applause for this move. Years ago, striking the Censorship Doctrine – and that's exactly what the Fairness Doctrine was – would have actually meant something. But since the FCC started playing with policies of 'localism,' 'media diversity' and a nebulous requirement to 'serve the public interest,' with yet another unelected and unconfirmed 'Diversity Czar' to implement these proposed regulations, the spirit of the Censorship Doctrine has remained very much alive. The path to censor radio airwaves is being paved through the back door.

'The threat of government control of media will not be dead until these concepts of localism and diversity representation in the media are dead. The fate of political free speech on radio airwaves lies in the balance, and shame on the FCC for not putting an end to ALL threats to free speech.'