Today, at 2pm, the Senate will vote on two amendments with respect to the Fairness Doctrine.
- The DeMint amendment (Broadcaster Freedom Act) would ban the Fairness Doctrine.
- The amendment by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) would achieve the same goals of the Fairness Doctrine through backdoor FCC regulations. His legislation forces the FCC to "take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership," an attempt to dismantle successful syndicated radio programs. The Durbin amendment would hurt small, local radio stations who depend on popular syndicated programming for listeners and revenue.
Here's an article that seems to get at what Durbin's amendment is about: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/179818-Free_Press_Consolidation_Not_Fairness_Doctrine_Bred_Conservative_Talk.php
Senator DeMint will encourage all senators to OPPOSE the Durbin Amendment.