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Professor Lessig On The Fairness Doctrine

Tuesday, July 8, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In the post below I excerpt yesterday’s interview with Obama supporter Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. (Transcript here. Podcast here and here.) We did end the conversation on a note of agreement: The Fairness Doctrine is unconstitutional:

HH: Do you favor the return of the Fairness Doctrine?

LL: I don’t think you can, under the First Amendment, restore the Fairness Doctrine, and I don’t have any desire to amend the First Amendment, no.

HH: And do did you think the Fairness Doctrine, or that Red Lion, was wrongly decided when it came down?

LL :In that technology context, maybe not. Certainly now in the context of the technology we have right, I don’t think it’s constitutional, no.

HH: On that note of extraordinary agreement, Professor Lessig, thank you for your time. I look forward to having you back another time.

LL: Thanks for having me.

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