Liberal Democrats might want to bring back the controversial Fairness Doctrine but apparently President Obama doesn’t. Read below from Fox News:
President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told FOXNews.com Wednesday.
The statement is the first definitive stance the administration has taken since an aide told an industry publication last summer that Obama opposes the doctrine -- a long-abolished policy that would require broadcasters to provide opposing viewpoints on controversial issues.
"As the president stated during the campaign, he does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.
That was after both senior adviser David Axelrod and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left open the door on whether Obama would support reinstating the doctrine.
"I'm going to leave that issue to Julius Genachowski, our new head of the FCC ... and the president to discuss. So I don't have an answer for you now," Axelrod told FOX News Sunday over the weekend.
The debate over the so-called Fairness Doctrine has heated up in recent days as prominent Democratic senators have called for the policies to be reinstated. Conservative talk show hosts, who see the doctrine as an attempt to impose liberal viewpoints on their shows, largely oppose any move to bring it back.
if you think about it why would President Obama really want to get into a partisan fight on this? He's trying to be the "kumbya" candidate. the last thing he needs is a big fight on his hand to distract from his economic message.
However, don’t expect conservative talk radio hosts to give it a rest. They don’t trust a word of what President Obama says anyhow. Plus it’s one thing for a spokesman to say this. It’s quite another for Obama himself to articulate his views. Maybe he’ll do so with Hannity when they share that beer.