“…The fairness doctrine took effect shortly after the creation of the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) in 1927 and was continued by its successor, the FCC, until the late 1980s. In its 1929 Great Lakes Broadcasting Co. decision, the FRC asserted that the “public interest requires ample play for the free and fair competition of opposing views, and the Commission believes that the principle applies to all discussions of issues of importance to the public….”
The Fairness Doctrine died in 1987 when Ronald Reagan (r) was in office.
“…On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overruling an earlier decision, Austin v. Michigan State Chamber of Commerce (Austin), that allowed prohibitions on independent expenditures by corporations. The Court also overruled the part of McConnell v. Federal Election Commission that held that corporations could be banned from making electioneering communications….”
Where Roy Blunt (r) tries to pretend he’s never heard of Citizens United or the Fairness Doctrine:
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
It’s hard to have truly fair elections when large email platforms are deciding which messages can easily reach voters and which get buried in a spam folder. 3:40 PM · Jun 15, 2022
What’s the matter Roy, you can’t buy any stamps or newspapers?
Some of the responses:
It’s hard to have truly fair elections when $20 Billion is being spent just on political campaigns ensuring divisive & emotionally charged messaging can easily reach voters. Time to revoke Citizens United & shine a blinding light on Dark Money contributions.
It’s hard to have truly fair elections when large mobs are deciding to usurp voters by seeking to bury the vice president.
Trust me when I say that the contents of my SPAM folder were never the reason that I didn’t vote for you.
Perhaps my emails to you to get your thoughts on common sense gun control in Missouri HAVE gotten stuck in your SPAM box, though, since I sure haven’t heard back from you.
You going to complain about dial-up speeds next? Gas prices, milk prices, and spam emails. So glad I have a senator who’s focused on solving the biggest problems of 1998
Try a decade before that.
It’s hard to have truly fair elections when you put obstacles in the way of voting, and put people in positions of power whose stated purpose is to only verify results where Republicans win.
How about when one side storms the capitol to overthrow the results of the election?
Distract and deflect…. What does the 1/6 committee have on you? Might your name be coming up?
Restore the Fairness Doctrine and help cure the evils of Fox News
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after voting to begin debate on House-passed legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate now has the opportunity to consider amendments to the measure before it comes to a final vote.
“Obamacare has left Missouri families with higher costs, fewer options, and less access to quality health care,” Blunt said. “With today’s vote, I’m glad the Senate is moving forward with debate on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. All senators will now have the opportunity to offer amendments and look at ways we can improve the final product. My hope is that we will be able to find common ground on solutions that meet the needs of Missourians, and create a more stable and reliable health care system.”
What about common sense gun legislation? You aren’t up for re-election. Speak out. It’s time for some courage @RoyBlunt
You’ve consistently voted against gun safety legislation and expanding mental health resources while taking $4,500,000+ from the NRA. [….]
Too bad people experiencing mental health issues are more likely to be VICTIMS of gun violence rather than perpetrators
What about easy access to guns?Because that’s the ONE THING we have that’s different from anywhere else.
What will you do about America’s Gun Violence epidemic?
So the party always pushing cuts in social services and mental health care is expected to be seen as the party that understands the importance of expanding access to mental health care. Delicious.
Expanding mental health services wouldn’t have prevented the Uvalde school shooting.
It’s not too late for you to do the right thing and support common sense gun laws.
What about #AssaultWeaponsBan , expanded #backgroundchecks and enhanced #RedFlagLaws ? We need these measures to #StopGunViolence . Every nation in the world has citizens with mental health problems; no other nation has our level of #GunViolence .
Your legacy will be tied to future mass shootings with newly acquired AR-15’s. Live with that in your retirement. You had a chance to make a difference.
Do Americans have more mental health issues than any other country? No, in fact, we don’t. The difference is easy access to assault rifles. Please address the real problem!
Stop. It’s the unfettered access to guns and you know it
Expanding access to mental health care is good, but it’s not a replacement for actually addressing the problem – there are too many guns on the streets, and they are too powerful.
Don’t exploit mental health to enable mass murder.
For the love of Pete, your State, Missouri, is 51st in Mental Healthcare access and would do less if it could. This isn’t serious. It’s the guns.
Does he think the Uvalde shooter wanted access to mental healthcare, but couldn’t get it?
Ok so what bills are you sponsoring or supporting that does such a thing? ACA? Medicaid expansion? CHIP? Where’s that Trump healthcare that was supposed to be “terrific,” “phenomenal” and “fantastic”?
How about some gun safety laws? Do you not care if children are shot at school? Do you not care if people are shot in a church or grocery store? Think about what you can do as a senator to make Missourians safer while they go about their daily lives.
What a brave stance… that no one opposes, doesn’t hurt your finances, and doesn’t meaningfully address school shootings.
No one thought you’d risk future lobbyist dollars/rubles for the safety of school children.
We see what you did there.
So, you’re sticking with *Thoughts & Prayers* #WhatsYourLegacy
Roy, Roy, Roy.
Stop it. You know, I know, all countries have mental health issues. Other countries have universal health care. BUT dude, none of those other countries have mass killings because none of those other countries allow citizen, especially 18 y/o, to buy assault rifles.
Unfortunately, it’s the expanded access to weapons of war that is the reason for the gun violence in our country.
He knows that. He doesn’t care.
Yes, we have heard this song and dance many times before. Please just be honest and say that the gop will never oppose the nra.
The NRA has contributed millions of dollars to Missouri’s senators. Sen. Roy Blunt is the fourth-largest NRA benefactor in Congress, with more than $4.5 million in help since 1996, and Sen. Josh Hawley is the 12th, approaching $1.4 million in contributions in just four years.
Now what about passing gun safety reform?
Good idea. Because the US is the only country in the world with mental health problems, which explains why it’s the only country in the world with regular mass shootings. Thanks, Roy!
Wait one minute! This is not the first mass shooting. It is NOT the first time you (and Republican) have used mental health as an excuse. Please tell me, what have YOU done, in all these years, to, even once, increase/improve mental health treatment, just one, I’ll wait.
This message brought to you by @RoyBlunt a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gun Manufacturing Lobby.
“No number of dead school children is too high a price to pay.”
Guns! It’s the Guns Roy! If I can’t drive an Indy car 300 mph to the grocery store, Jim Bob doesn’t need an AR 15 to shoot varmit
Narrator: “It was never about the varmints.”
It’s the guns.
Do the right thing, Roy. It’s already too late for many sweet innocent children. Enact common sense gun regulations.
It’s Roy Blunt (r). It’s not gonna happen.
ROY. IT’S THE GUNS.
This is nothing but a smoke screen. Tougher gun laws are needed. Why does anyone need an AR-15? They don’t! These guns need to be banned. This is a weak answer to this epidemic.
f of those of us in the mental health field, we’ll believe it when we see it.
Narrator: “They never did.”
That’s terrific, @royblunt. Now do guns
$4.5 million from the NRA.
Which roughly translated as “blah blah blah, not going to do anything about it, blah blah 2nd amendment, blah blah, ya still not going to do anything about it
Translator: Today I did absolutely nothing to combat the issue of gun violence in America. Thank you. Now if you will excuse me I have some NRA donations to count.
It’s the guns.
We see who you are.
It’s not mental healthcare…it’s the guns.FFS.
Way to deflect from the real problem, ya know… the guns.
4 million dollars sure is worth other peoples kids dying though huh?
4 MILLION from the NRA! #NRABloodMoney
And you’ll more than likely vote no on any gun bill that goes to the Senate. Gotta keep the NRA happy. Right, Roy?
Guns are the problem but you just can’t walk away from that good ol NRA cash. How many kids have to die before you have enough money?
It’s the guns. No matter how many millions you take from the NRA, it’s the guns. @RoyBlunt
Did you ask discuss the millions $ the NRA has given you. Or as I like to call it your pivot payment. Pivot to anything other than guns, am I right Senator?
Is this a joke? What about guns?????
It’s the guns Roy. You are complicit in the piles of dead children. YOU.
That alone won’t solve the problem. You’re not interested in doing anything.
Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 2nd Session
Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation: Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Vote Number: 134
Vote Date: April 7, 2022, 01:53 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2Vote
Result: Nomination Confirmed
Nomination Number: PN1783
Nomination Description: Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Hawley (R-MO), Nay
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
There is no doubt Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. However, her judicial philosophy is not one I can support. 10:26 AM · Apr 3, 2022
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
With every Supreme Court nomination, I look at two things: (1) is the nominee qualified; and (2) are they guided by a judicial philosophy that a judge ought to apply the law and the Constitution as they are written. 10:26 AM · Apr 3, 2022
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
While I will vote no on Judge Jackson’s confirmation, I believe her historic nomination is a proud moment for our country. [….] 10:26 AM · Apr 3, 2022
There was much hilarity in the responses:
Can’t have it both ways. Your statement clearly states that it is always politics over country.
You cannot have this both ways. If you think she is qualified, vote to confirm. Otherwise, you are blocking her historic nomination and have no claim to celebrate it.
You do not get to play this both ways, sorry. What about Amy Coney Barrett made her so qualified? Kavangh? You simply do not want to see change of this nature. Your perspective is exactly why I am no longer a republican after 40 yrs of voting.
Jesus H Christ.
Always party over country. Always.
So she’s qualified and her nomination is a proud moment for the country. But one that you don’t support? You can’t be proud for this moment in our history if you’re on the wrong side of it.
Blunt had a chance to support qualified, brilliant black judge and make history in a good way.
Trump Senator Blunt failed
Good to see you’re holding the Republican line to the end. No one could claim you bring an independent thinker, Mitch raised you well.
The former guy has you well trained in double speak. None of what you say makes any sense. Why didn’t you just say “I will not vote for her”. PERIOD.
Funny, Clarence Thomas meets the criteria for being removed from the bench and was never qualified to be nominated for associate justice to begin with.
So there’s that.
“I believe her historic nomination is a proud moment for our country.” NO YOU DON’T.
You just defend “#Hypocrisy” for all time.
You embarrass me as a Missourian
Judicial philosophy? Bullshit…you won’t vote for her because she’s black, female, and a whole helluva lot smarter and more principled than you are.
Yet another politician, trying to play “both sides of the street”. An activity that so many politicians are proficient at. In fact, it may be their most common ‘talent’. Apparently, Mr. Blunt is so out of touch with rationality, that he thinks that his doubletalk is reasonable.
You have no honor, sir. I guess you didn’t see her hearing. She did not define her judicial philosophy other than to say that it is a methodology. She wouldn’t let the Republicans define her and then use that against her. Not voting for her is sheer meanness and bad politics.
It also means that your “no” vote is a disgraceful moment for our country.
We didn’t expect YOU to vote for her. So this isn’t new. You had your mind made up well before she was nominated. It would be a no for anyone nominated by President Biden. And that’s the real truth. I can’t wait till you’re gone.
This is the stupidest thing you could possibly write.
Utterly useless for Missouri.
Yada Yada Yada. Of course you’re voting no. You don’t have permission from Mitch. #Spineless
Roy, you are a hypocrite. Judge Jackson is highly qualified for this appointment. Her previous roles were for a life-time appointment. You cannot celebrate this “proud” moment if you were not part of it. You voted for whining/sniveling Kavanaugh. You are a political hack.
Just stop it… “U will vote no, but “it’s a proud moment for our country” Pure garbage. If you really thought it was proud, it would make sense that you voted yes. Stop playing American people for fools.
Sounds like you expect a judge to use their political views to make their decisions. Also sounds like you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Talking out of both sides of your mouth. Pathetic.
You are an embarrassment
You’re a fraud. My only regret with you finally leaving the Senate is that I won’t be able to vote against you again.
You are a disgrace.
What a jackass. It is politicians like Roy Blunt, who’s clownish attempts to have it both ways are disgraceful, that have given charlatan con men such as Donald Trump the opening, or vacuum of competency and honesty that they needed, in order to attract their own followers.
But, alas, it is certainly not a “proud moment” for Roy Blunt, who has shown publicly that what is of greatest importance to him is not loyalty to the United States, or fair play, but instead, his own blind servitude to the Republican Party. Another cynical, corrupt politician.
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
Over the last 2 years, Congress has provided more than $80 billion for the administration to improve & expand COVID-19 testing capabilities. Congress, and the American people, need to know the administration’s strategy & how @HHSgov is using taxpayer funding. 11:12 AM · Jan 4, 2022
“Over the last 2 years…”
Joe Biden was sworn in as President on January 20, 2021, less than twelve months ago.
On March 18, 2021, nine months ago, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The vote was 50-49.
Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation: Xavier Becerra, of California, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Vote Number: 125
Vote Date: March 18, 2021, 11:59 AM
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed
Nomination Number: PN78-2
Nomination Description: Xavier Becerra, of California, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
Not Voting 1
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Roy Blunt (r) voted “No”.
What an asshole.
Some of the Twitter responses to Roy Blunt (r):
Suddenly, you’re so concerned.
We noticed that, too.
Were you worried in summer 2020 when we learned Jared Kushner spent tax payer $ on test kits and held them back? I had covid in July 2020 and waited in line 5 days in a row for 2 hours a day to get a test. We still don’t have an answer about where those tests went? Why?
Isn’t this a state problem? Isn’t the money sent to them to manage this??
Isn’t this where MO AGO sues? How is a mask mandate considered “government control” but suing school districts and county health to prohibit masks not “government control”?
There is a test shortage because Republicans refuse to get vaccinated. According to Gallup, 40% of Republicans “don’t plan” to get vaccinated, versus 26% of Independents and just 3% of Democrats. Use your voice to convince Republicans to get vaccinated.
What happened, Roy? Didn’t get a cut you were expecting? Your state fights protection measures in court, & distorts test/case results. Biden is ramping tests up mega-fold. If people would get vaxxed & practice safety measures, we wouldn’t need so many tests. Help w/ solutions
Republicans were in charge the first year. The only plan was the President’s son-in-law telling Governors to “work the phones.”
After Trump said stop testing? Parson says MO has a stock pile of tests. Where the hell are they? Might want to take a look at your party/cult.
Roy, the governor of the state you represent (but don’t live in) just washed his hands of Covid mitigation.
Meanwhile, we are again hitting unprecedented Covid infection rates. The ICUs are near capacity AGAIN.
Why not find out WHY our Governor is AWOL in this fight?
Because you are just a spectator in the government. Apparently
2 years ago?
Who was president then?
Well what does it matter our Governor says get it, deal with it, and what happens happens. Mo. from a GOP leadership perspective has no intention of doing anything to mitigate the virus anymore. Parsons says we’re GOOD, the kings have spoken so the commoners must submit.
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate will have a harmful impact on U.S. employers, adding to the labor force and supply chain challenges that are already roiling the economy. 4:32 PM · Dec 7, 2021
What an ass.
Some of the comments:
Actually, not having a vaccine mandate and doing nothing to combat vaccine hesitancy is killing more Trump supporters than Biden supporters.
That’s “pro-life” for you.
And people dying or having to take off time from work for being sick or taking care of a loved one doesn’t have a negative impact? If your party hadn’t politicized the pandemic and has persuaded people that vaccines are bad, things would be much better.
I’m fine with a vaccine mandate. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, it’s very simple: either submit to a regular test, or stay in your house so you don’t put others in harm’s way.
The vaccine mandate will provide a safer work environment for employees. As someone who is impacted every day, I couldn’t disagree with you more.
How will it be harmful? I want facts! Not propaganda and sound bites!
It’s in his nature.
You know what’s had a harmful impact on US employers? The death of 800,000 Americans from Covid. A free and safe vaccine is available.
You have a harmful impact on your constituents every day. How is making sure we protect one another a bad thing?
People dying of COVID-19 add a strain on the supply chain. Maybe help stop the spread?
Nope….you are wrong
If people would rather lose their jobs that save their own lives and health and the lives and health of others, it’s not the fault of those trying to save lives with a minor requirement.
Stop working for American death and disease.
You have jello for brains
That’s quite generous.
It’ll save lives so of course Roy is against it! Why did trump Republicans want Americans to suffer and die???
In blue states they have been enforcing this rule and have near 100% compliance. Anyway hospitals already require employees to vaccinate for other things. Stop undermining the effort to fight Covid.
You are consistently a terrible person
Look dude, as Americans we work hard and are generous. We don’t need YOUR KIND who steals what they want then changes the law.
People with YOUR KIND of deviousness have been allowed to stay hidden for too long.
Your legacy is tied to trump.
Hope you choke on it.
Own it, Roy.
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
This year’s Thanksgiving will be the most expensive in the holiday’s history. On top of that, Missourians will be paying more to even get to the Thanksgiving table. [….] 1:19 PM · Nov 22, 2021
Some of the responses:
Nope. U should actually go shopping instead of repeating nonsense. I bought my turkey for 79 cents a pound and saw turkeys for half off. Also, gas prices are coming down and store shelves are filling up thanks to POTUS. Maybe do ur job and legislate not obstruct.
You have forgotten that Thanksgiving 2020 Americans spent hours getting COVID tests, if they could get to a testing site. There wasn’t a vaccine.
In 2021, 60% of Republicans aren’t vaccinated, making the pandemic longer.
I am grateful to spend Thanksgiving with the vaccinated
Did the new .13 per gal tax levied by Parson & the Republican state legislators do anything but add to the financial burden? Forget about that?
The Missouri GOP raised gas prices through a tax increase on gasoline. Missouri deserves better than Republican super majority.
I got a free 15lb turkey from Ibotta, free stuffing, free pie, free vegetables, free cranberry, free gravy. Turkeys in my area are .47 lb. Seems to me you just might be making your way on to the naughty list by lying to your constituents
Where do you shop Neiman Marcus? Ours wasn’t expensive at all.
Just so you know, I bought a frozen turkey for $.49 a pound. Also, ALL shelves are stocked.
Would you please share with us how much you and your family spent on Thanksgiving last year and how much this year?
You think it’s written off as a lobbying expense? Just asking.
The free market is a bitch, ain’t it.
Chevron & Exxon profits doubled. Hmmm [….]
That mean you will vote for BBB? Helping your constituents live better? Supporting their healthcare, childcare, elder care? Putting a cap on insulin? Or no.
yes, it cost us 800,000 of our loved ones, friends and neighbors due to misdirection on a deadly virus
Yeah remember last year when there was a raging pandemic, we had a President in complete denial and none of us spent the holidays with our loved ones?
We get it, inflation is the Republican talking point. My talking point is gratitude. I am grateful for Thanksgiving 2021, which will be with vaccinated family and friends. Thanksgiving 2020: Covid was raging, people were dying and Trump was lying. [….]
Imagine if Trump Senators like Blunt had taken COVID seriously and loudly encouraged vaccines and masks.
We could have been back to normal a year ago.
Oh bullshit. Am I paying a slightly higher price for groceries, yes. Is it the most expensive thanksgiving ever? Absolutely not, at least this year I’m not watching family members die from Covid that Republicans prefered to ignore.
You already tweeted this, we already explained how you’re a disingenuous piece of shit, so how about you shut up so we can all enjoy our holiday?
Yea life was so much better when everyone was locked in their homes trying not to catch covid instead of driving their cars driving cost of fuel to historic lows. If only we had an incompetent fucking useless president again so he could botch his response to a global pandemic.
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend spree would leave hardworking Americans with greater debt and higher taxes. 4:10 PM · Oct 26, 2021
Some of the hilarious responses:
We just stopped spending $10M a month in Afghanistan, but GOD FORBID we invest in America or Americans, am I right? [….]
The Build Back America plan invests in US infrastructure- small towns, Education, Broadband, Lowers Drug Costs, Children- all of which 70% of Americans want. Supposedly items you said YOU want. But it’s always going to be Party over Constituents, isn’t it?
Translation: “We don’t mind ballooning the deficit as long as it helps billionaires but not ordinary Americans.”
.Are the taxes on your multiple houses going up? Oh the horrors!
Do you really expect us to believe this???? You know this is false!
No, your billionaire tax break already did that.
Rich guy doesn’t want his $1,500,000,000 unpaid for @gop tax cut taken away..
So, sorta like the tax cuts, right Senator??
Republicans cut taxes for the top 1% and added 7 trillion to the debt, Roy. That’s what you’re leaving hardworking Americans.
If you are concerned about greater debt, why did you vote for the Trump tax cuts that went overwhelmingly to the 1%.
Of course, the child tax credit doesn’t help working Americans — those in the 1%
You are what you are, sir.
They will leave the average American worker with lower taxes, and definitely LESS federal debt. All proposed programs are PAID FOR up front, not ten years after the fact.
Well, not completely. Americans who have incomes north of $400K/year would see a tax hike. Fewer loopholes too.
But otherwise … lies.
As opposed to the greater debt and higher taxes you have created in your decades of poor service? I just feel the energy bleed out of your poor staff as they cut and paste these from some donors email. Sorry kids. Get a better job.
See this is y’all’s trend today. Lie about spending.
Do your damn homework, Ray Ray and stop being untruthful.[….]
The Trump-Republican give-away tax cut for the rich was a cynical show of disregard for average Americans. That’s where the greater debt and need for higher taxes on the wealthy comes from: Republican bowing before their rich donors.
Billionaires aren’t hardworking Americans.
It’s time they pay their fair share.
Big Lie supporter has thoughts on economics.
If I had a million dollars for every time you posted this lie, I’d be very wealthy and I still wouldn’t have as much as you voted to give billionaires.
Not doing it will leave hardworking Americans with the consequences of catastrophic climate change.
You didn’t care about the costs when it came to shoveling money into your rich friends’ wallets. The Dems are actually trying to improve America.
How about you being a good guy?
Hasn’t ever happened, never will.
So, why have all thr recent Democratic presidents had to restore the economy after all thr Republican Presidents left it in shambles?
So easy to remember that it even fits on a bumper sticker.
Oh, the GOP talking points are bad.
Hey Roy, go tell your hardworking constituents you don’t want to help make their lives a little easier after YOU voted for TRILLIONS in tax cuts for billionaires & corporations who PAY ZERO TAXES.
You don’t give a damn about “hardworking Americans.”
Republicans reckless trickle-down theory has left hard-working Americans poorer than they were 30 years ago. You and your buddies have killed the middle-class.