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August 06, 2004
News Should be Objective and Impartial According to Our Standards - US Lawmakers Threaten First Amendment Rights
Jeff Jarvis points out where government censorship, such as the indecency enforcement of the FCC, inevitably leads: calls to regulate the news to be "unbiased, impartial and objective" (Unfair and unbalanced). Read Jarvis' acid words and the UPI report on the Congressional threats against the First Amendment (Dem lawmakers say Fox News is unbalanced):
Several members of Congress sent a letter Tuesday to Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, to express their opposition to what they say is the network's "unfair and unbalanced" bias towards the Republican Party.
The group, composed of 38 Democrats and Independents from the U.S. House of Representatives, has requested that Murdoch meet with them to discuss their concerns....
"It seems clear that Fox News network has a deliberate bias in favor of, and often serves as an extension of, the Republican Party's policies and ideology."....
A spokesman for Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said there were legislative avenues that the group could pursue as a secondary measure but declined to speculate on what those might be.
Have these legislators no shame?
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