Saturday, June 28, 2008

It keeps going and going...

A year ago, in response to the success of the Pence Amendment preventing the FCC from re-imposing the so-called "Fairness" Doctrine, I wrote:

Unfortunately this will not be the end of efforts to impose the "fairness" doctrine or other means of cracking down on our rights to free speech and free press. This vote doesn't change anyone's views and the supporters of imposing the "fairness" doctrine are going to continue their efforts.

Here we are now a year later and that is exactly what has happened. The Democrats have not in any way abandoned their efforts to impose a censorship regime:

At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor yesterday, I asked Pelosi if Pence failed to get the required signatures on a discharge petition to get his anti-Fairness Doctrine bill out of committee, would she permit the Pence measure to get a floor vote this year.

“No,” the Speaker replied, without hesitation.  She added that “the interest in my caucus is the reverse” and that New York Democratic Rep. “Louise Slaughter has been active behind this [revival of the Fairness Doctrine] for a while now.”

Pelosi pointed out that, after it returns from its Fourth of July recess, the House will only meet for another three weeks in July and three weeks in the fall.  There are a lot of bills it has to deal with before adjournment, she said, such as FISA and an energy bill.

 “So I don’t see it [the Pence bill] coming to the floor,” Pelosi said.

“Do you personally support revival of the ‘Fairness Doctrine?’” I asked.

“Yes,” the speaker replied, without hesitation

(emphasis mine)

Always remember that in this competition of ideas all victories are temporary. If the left loses a particular fight, they don't abandon or even question their belief system, rather they devise new tactics and try again and again until something works.

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