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Released: June 22, 1998
|COMMISSION PROCEEDING REGARDING THE PERSONAL ATTACK AND POLITICAL EDITORIAL RULES|
Pursuant to a May 22, 1998 order of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Case Number 97-1528, by recorded vote on June 18, 1998, the Commission voted two to two, with Chairman Kennard not participating, on whether to grant or deny the Joint Petition for Expedited Rulemaking Action and for Clarification, filed August 25, 1987 in Gen. Docket No. 83-484 by the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, et al., seeking repeal of the personal attack and political editorial rules. Commissioners Ness and Tristani voted to deny the petition and Commissioners Powell and Furchtgott-Roth voted to grant it. Pursuant to the court's direction, attached is the Joint Statementof Commissioner Susan Ness and Commissioner Gloria Tristani. Also attached is the Joint Separate Statement of Commissioners Powell and Furchtgott-Roth.
By the Commission; Chairman Kennard not participating.