Rep. Maurice Hinchey
2431 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Rep. Hinchey:

Your effort to push reimposition of the federal fairness doctrine on the conservative media is a violation of the First Amendment. For decades, liberals had almost exclusive control, virtual monopoly power, over the media. But now that conservatives are heard increasingly on cable news and talk radio, you object to freedom of expression. Your bill is nothing more than a blatant power grab and effort to stifle free speech. Coming from a federal official like yourself, your threats against Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sinclair Broadcasting should be strongly criticized and condemned. Will you pull back from your threats to silence your political opponents in the media?