Will Fairness Doctrine Lead to Jail Sentences for U.S. Writers?
I read an article in The Independent today about Australian writer Harry Nicolaides being sentenced to three years in prison for defaming the king of Thailand in a 2005 novel he wrote that sold only seven copies. After reading it, I couldn’t help but wonder whether writers in this country might soon face similar sentences for making unflattering comments about this nation’s new king (a.k.a., “Barack Obama”).
The Democrat-controlled Congress is, after all, expected to act soon to reinstate the anti-First Amendment Fairness Doctrine, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they added provisions to the measure that would expand its reach into the online and offline publishing arenas beyond the most-often-talked-about arena of talk radio.
Food for thought from Bob McCarty Writes.