Dan Stein: Our Press Should Be Defending Free Speech
"A few days after the Federation for American Immigration Reform distributed an educational report at a Senate news conference, an article in Roll Call ("Did FAIR Action Violate Law?", July 31) suggested -- despite the report's nearly 100 endnotes and a purely educational purpose -- the organization might have violated a criminal statute that prevents soliciting for funds or subscriptions on Senate property," says FAIR President Dan Stein in an op-ed.
"While we understand the prohibitions on campaign fundraising on government property, this is not what we're talking about. Under the reporter's interpretation of the law, Roll Call itself would be prohibited from distributing its newspaper (free) if it contains a plug for advertising or subscriptions. Is this what our democracy has come to? Every public policy organization in this town needs to be made aware of this ludicrous allegation if it has any merit at all (which it doesn't)."