Rep. Anna Eshoo (D! D! D! CA-14) is an idiot.

Not because she wants to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine.” That’s merely idiotic of her. No, she’s an idiot because she wants to extend it to cable and satellite stations.


Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV.


Eshoo said she would recommend the doctrine be applied not only to radio and TV broadcasts, but also to cable and satellite services.

For the benefit of any other idiots that might have wandered in, confused: cable and satellite television are privately owned entertainment/information networks. Congress is explicitly forbidden to interfere with them:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

…and dictating the content of subscription-only material certainly applies under the First Amendment (even if you buy into the entire “Fairness Doctrine” argument generally, which I don’t). All of which means that the people of CA-14 have elected for themselves a woman who’s apparently never actually read the operating manual for our system of government. Hey, real quick, Rep. Ashoo: where do bills for raising revenue have to originate?

Now, no peeking.

Moe Lane

PS: H/T Geraghty, who helpfully reminds us that while Obama said that he wouldn’t bring back the Fairness Doctrine, it helps to remember that “all statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them.”