Monday, July 21, 2003

Congress: More Hearings

On Wednesday the Senate's Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on "public interest and localism." What does that mean? According to the Committee's description, "Members will hear testimony on the public interest obligations of local broadcasters and the role of broadcasters in the delivery of local news and public affairs programming." In other words, we're in for another round of senators telling broadcasters what they should and should not be airing. I'm so glad the Framers put that First Amendment in the Constitution. Imagine what these hearings would look like without even the facade of protecting the individual right to free speech.

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