Big FCC rollback vote this Tuesday.
September 15, 2003 1:24 PM   Subscribe

Big FCC rollback vote this Tuesday. I know a lot of mefites are passionate about this issue and it looks like Senators Byron Dorgan (D–ND) and Trent Lott (R-MS) are doing something about it. More info, free faxes, etc at the ACLU. Read S.J. res 17 here.
posted by skallas (13 comments total)

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Be sure to read the version that's being voted on.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:33 PM on September 15, 2003

I just sent my fax. Thanks for the heads up. In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, "Kill Ugly Radio."
posted by jonmc at 1:52 PM on September 15, 2003

Oh, and you can read what the Senators said about it last week, too.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:02 PM on September 15, 2003

I don't ask for much.

If I wake up early enough in the morning, I can catch a couple hours of public radio before they turn to classical music locally for the day -- but EVERY other band on the talk side of the radio is a 24/7 right-wing "squawk radio" fest! They try to tell me it's purely demographics. They try to tell me that in a liberal college town where we just elected Democrats to city government by a landslide -- they try to tell me that these same people wanna hear nothing but Rush Lamebaugh and his coterie of snarky wannabees.

I'd sell my gramma's wooden leg for twenty-year-old Larry King reruns.
posted by RavinDave at 2:17 PM on September 15, 2003

Thanks for the posting. Particularly like the call to action; its nice to see a travesty and be able to act immediately on it.

Kudos to skallas!
posted by zia at 2:23 PM on September 15, 2003

Good work skallas.
posted by namespan at 2:43 PM on September 15, 2003

Wow. It's good to know that Congress is evenhanded in their rollbacks -- I'm still slightly bitter about the low power FM stalling/killing bill they passed several years ago, and am somewhat assauged by the fact that they're willing to address the other side of the issue.
posted by weston at 2:48 PM on September 15, 2003

""The mega-media corporations have demonstrated a clear and undeniable pattern of abuse and contempt for local community decency standards..."

Okay waitasecond, are people like Lott on board with this cuz they agree we need more variety in free speech in this country, or are they unhappy with the fact that someone like Howard Stern can sit on his lofty perch and talk about lesbians and the only thing Joe Public can do about it is change the channel? I question the motives of those in power, even and especially when there's the impression that things are going my way.
posted by ZachsMind at 3:06 PM on September 15, 2003

If it passes, it will be vetoed.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 3:11 PM on September 15, 2003

If it passes, it will be vetoed.

Yeah, but isn't this the same bill, or a similar one, that passed in the House with a vote of something like 400-19?

It may not matter if it's vetoed.
posted by nath at 3:36 PM on September 15, 2003

posted by scarabic at 5:19 PM on September 15, 2003

I knew there had to be a good reason why Lott wasn't totally destroyed after his infamous Strom Thurmond salute... this must be it.
posted by wendell at 10:00 PM on September 15, 2003

By 55 to 40, the Senate passed S.J.Res. 17.

The White House has threatened to veto.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 11:21 AM on September 16, 2003

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