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Pelosi to First Amendment: Drop Dead

John Gizzi put the “Fairness Doctrine” question to Madame Speaker:

The speaker of the House made it clear to me and more than forty of my colleagues yesterday that a bill by Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) to outlaw the “Fairness Doctrine” (which a liberal administration could use to silence Rush Limbaugh, other radio talk show hosts and much of the new alternative media) would not see the light of day in Congress during ’08.

It’s not for nothing that the push to revive the woefully misnamed “Fairness Doctrine” is known as the “Hush Rush” movement. From Bill Clinton trying to blame Rush for the Oklahoma City bombing to current calls to stifle controversial voices in broadcast, Democrats have made it clear that they fear Rush Limbaugh more than cancer. Rush obviously enjoys the notoriety — they keep calling for boycotts, he keeps buying new airplanes — but this is no joke: The Left is serious about censorship, and they’re going to have to be fought.

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