TRN Talker Michael Savage and the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have joined forces to challenge the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." Several liberal senators and former President Bill Clinton have made recent threats to muzzle talk radio by reinstituting the Doctrine, which is reminiscent of a totalitarian state and not a free democratic society.
"Michael Savage is the personification of what the liberals hate about conservative talk radio, and we’re proud to represent him in this crucial battle to preserve the grand purpose of political speech protected by the First Amendment," said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center.
Democrat politicians such as Senator Debbie Stabanow, Senator Tom Harkin, and former President Clinton have called for hearings on radio "fairness" and the passage of a law that will have the effect of silencing the conservative voice on important political issues.
"With the stink of public corruption blanketing Washington, with our elected officials passing the single largest spending bill in our nation’s history without even reading or debating it, with the increasing nationalization of our financial institutions, with almost dictatorial control of Congress by one political party, and with increasing signs we are becoming a socialistic country, Americans need more dynamic talk show hosts like Savage, not less," said Thompson.
Conservative talk-radio hosts such as Dr. Savage have been so effective in rallying public outcry against many aspects of the liberal agenda that Democrat politicians have increasingly called for a return to the "Fairness Doctrine," Orwellian-speak for censorship.
Thompson commented, "If the Doctrine is so fair, why are the liberals limiting it only to radio? Why not television, the internet, and all the print media?"
The Fairness Doctrine, first introduced in 1949, required radio stations to broadcast opposing views on any matter of public importance they discussed. However, in 1987, President Reagan directed that it be abandoned. Since then, Democrats have made several unsuccessful attempts to reinstate the Doctrine.
Savage is a longtime on-air supporter of the Thomas More Law Center. He used his radio show to marshal overwhelming support for one of the Law Center’s clients Marine Lt Col Jeffrey Chessani. Chessani is being prosecuted by the government in the so-called Haditha massacre, a massacre that never happened. A military judge ultimately dismissed the case. However, the government appealed. No decision has been made by the appeals court.
The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.