Bill would require local broadcast news

Broadcasters would have to show a “dedication to local news gathering” and cover more election news in order to renew their licenses under a bill authored by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto. Eshoo’s bill, H.R. 4882, would also require broadcasters to renew their licenses every three years instead of the current eight years. In December, Eshoo was talking about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to give free air time those who oppose the political comments of

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GOP leader blasts Eshoo over Fairness Doctrine

Palo Alto Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s call to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, which would force conservative talk radio stations to air opposing views, has drawn fire from House Republican Leader John Boehner. “The so-called Fairness Doctrine would restrict free speech on the public airwaves, stifling dissent at a time when an open national dialogue about our country’s future is essential,” Boehner said in a press release Tuesday. “The American people do not believe the federal government should be in the business

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Rep. Eshoo to push for Fairness Doctrine

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV. “I’ll work on bringing it back. I still believe in it,” Eshoo told the Daily Post in Palo Alto. The Fairness Doctrine required TV and radio stations to balance opposing points of view. It meant that those who disagreed with the political slant of a commentator were entitled to

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First Imus, now Savage? Protest Friday

Protesters ranging from La Raza Centro Legal and the Bay Area Lawyers Guild to representatives of public stations KPFA and KQED plan to demonstrate against right-wing talk show host Michael Savage outside KNEW radio on Friday (April 20), according to a report in the San Francisco Daily. “To remove Don Imus from the radio and not remove people like Michael Savage is hypocrisy,” protest organizer Steve Zeltzer told the SF Daily. “Michael Savage is much more flagrant in his racist,

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