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An urgent message from Roger Hedgecock, Chairman, Don’t Touch My Dial coalition

Dear Free Speech Advocate,

Tuesday, June 16, will be a monumental day for the future of the First Amendment.
The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Julius Genachowski on June 16th, 2009—Julius Genachowski is President Obama’s longtime pal, and his pick for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Do you value your First Amendment Rights???

If you value your First Amendment rights, America’s free airwaves, uninhibited talk radio, and a free Internet – and most importantly, if you OPPOSE CENSORSHIP in all its forms – then you must act now by calling the Senators listed below and tell them to VOTE NO for Julius Genachowski as FCC Chairman.

America is at a crucial crossroads.  Our First Amendment rights are under attack on every front– from the Fairness Doctrine, to Net neutrality, to diversity and localism mandates for radio broadcasters.  Our actions on these critical issues over the coming months will seal our fate for a long, long time to come.

Here are a just a few reasons why each Senator on the Commerce Committee should vote no for Genachowski for FCC Chairman:

1.  Genachowski will CENSOR talk radio hosts.
Genachowski’s top priority will be to establish strict “localism” requirements on broadcasters.  Part of this plan is for the FCC to establish local community advisory boards (better named “commissar committees”) in towns and cities across the United States.  These boards would be packed with left-leaning activists and ACORN-type groups, and they would monitor the airwaves and report back to the FCC as to whether or not radio stations and broadcasts were serving the local public interest.  Any radio station or broadcast that doesn’t fit the bill could be subject to fines, or even having their broadcast license revoked.

Why do we need ACORN-type community activists to tell us what local citizens want to listen to?  People tell us every day what they want to listen to by simply choosing what they want to hear!

This, of course, isn’t about serving the local community – this is about empowering left-wing activist to shut down conservative talk radio.

2. Genachowski will CENSOR and REGULATE Internet speech.
Genachowski is an unabashed proponent of so-called “Net neutrality” regulations.  These regulations would give the FCC the power to tell Internet operators what online communications they must provide.  In essence, this massive expansion of FCC power would amount to a “Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet.  It would trample the First Amendment rights of private companies and make the FCC “Editor in Chief” when it comes to online communications.
Why should the FCC have the power to force a private entity to publish information that the entity does not wish to publish?  How can such a policy be reconciled with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?  Imagine if The New York Times or any independent and private newspaper were forced to carry advertising or commentary that it didn’t wish to publish.  The outcry would be deafening.

3. Genachowski will force RACIAL QUOTAS on broadcast companies.
One of the reasons President Obama picked Genachowski to head the FCC is to complete the President’s mission to bring “diversity” to the broadcast industry.  On May 7 of this year, Obama’s interim FCC Chairman Michael Copps went so far as to say that the current racial and gender makeup of broadcast corporations was responsible for minorities being “stereotyped and caricatured” in today’s society.

That same day, Diversity Committee Chairman (and Fairness Doctrine supporter) Henry Rivera stated that the FCC would “move into a race-based rulemaking procedure” should his Committee determine that there are not enough women or minorities in high-level positions within broadcast corporations.  Just what is a “race-based rulemaking procedure?”  Think racial quotas and affirmative action.  If Rivera and Genachowski think there aren’t enough minorities occupying top-level positions in broadcast companies – they’ll force those companies to hire and fire until they get the right “racial and gender mix.”

You must call the Senators listed below and have your family and friends call them too.
Tell them to defend free speech and the First Amendment and VOTE NO for Julius Genachowski!

Senate Commerce Committee Members:
Senator John D. Rockafeller (D-WV) (Chairman): (202) 224-6472
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) (Ranking Member): (202) 224-5922
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME): (202) 224-5344
Senator John Ensign (R-NV): (202) 224-6244
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC): (202) 224-6121
Senator John Thune (R-SD): (202) 224-2321
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS): (202) 224- 6253
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA): (202) 224-3643
Senator David Vitter (R-LA): (202) 224-4623
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS): (202) 224-6521
Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL): (202) 224-3041
Senator Mike Johannas (R-NE): (202) 224-4224
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI): (202) 224-3934
Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA): (202) 224-2742
Senator Bryon L. Dorgan (D-ND): (202) 224-2551
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA): (202) 224-3553
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): (202) 224-6551
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA): (202) 224-3441
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ): (202) 224-3224
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR): (202) 224-2353
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO): (202) 224-6154
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): (202) 224-3244
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM): (202) 224-6621
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA): (202) 224-2023
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK): (202) 224-3004

Senators’ Email: