Fairness Doctrine on Senate Floor– Dems Forced to Vote on Free Speech …Update: Dems Vote to Restrict Free Speech

Update- Democrats vote to stifle free speech.
57 Senate democrats vote in favor of Durbin Amendment to restrict free speech.

The democrats are going to vote today on restricting free speech.
Michelle Malkin reported:

From Sen. Jim DeMint’s office:

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.

UPDATE: The Senate voted down the Fairness Doctrine that would silence conservative voices- 87-11.
The nay votes:

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UPDATE 2: But… Democrats passed the Durbin Amendment to restrict free speech- 57-41.

“Durbin Amdt. No. 591; To encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership, and to ensure that the public airwaves are used in the public interest.”

It was a straight party line vote.

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