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Re: XM Satellite Radio
"There is no constitutional right to purchase airtime on the public
airwaves." Hmm, sounds like an infringement on the constitutional right of
free speech, to me....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Billings" <email@example.com>
To: "Roger Kirk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: XM Satellite Radio
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger Kirk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:22 PM
> Subject: Re: XM Satellite Radio
> > Is this a legal stance? Under what guise[s] can they legally
> > refuse a sponsor? Legal assistance required here!
> > Calling all lawyerly lurkers and contributors!
> The Supreme Court held in CBS v. Democratic National Committee (1973) that
> broadcasters have the editorial discretion to determine what
> to accept or reject. There is no constitutional right to purchase airtime
> on the public airwaves.
> The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 does require broadcasters to
> time to candidates for federal office.
> As a result, broadcasters may reject ads as they see fit, other than ads
> candidates for federal office.
> -- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine
> Second Year Law Student