03/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Senate Backs Amendment To Outlaw 'Fairness Doctrine'

The Senate approved an amendment Thursday that would outlaw the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," an off-the-books policy that once required broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on controversial issues.

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's amendment passed by a wide margin of 87-to-11. The South Carolina senator had attached his proposal, called the Broadcaster Freedom Act, to a bill to give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House. It's unclear whether the amendment will survive as Congress debates the voting rights bill.

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