Less than an hour ago, the Senate voted on an Amendment introduced by Republican Sen. DeMint of South Carolina called the Broadcaster Freedom Act, which prohibits the FCC from reinstating The Fairness Doctrine. The amendment was attached to a Senate bill granting DC a voting representative in the House. The Senate passed the amendment 87-11, garnering true bi-partisanship from the floor.
Also voted on today was an opposing amendment to the same bill introduced by democratic Sen. Durbin, ordering the FCC to encourage radio ownership “diversity”. This amendment was passed 57-41. A DeMint aide said Durbin’s measure will “impose the Fairness Doctrine through the back door by trying to break up radio ownership.”
It is still unclear whether either amendment will make it to the final bill.