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Dennis Kucinich's "equal time" complaint to the FCC over his exclusion by ABC from last weekend's candidates debate indicates the…

Dennis Kucinich’s "equal time" complaint to the FCC over his exclusion by ABC from last weekend’s candidates debate indicates the candidate may not have a strong grasp of the First Amendment.

Even though the FCC has long been able to regulate broadcasters because of the perceived scarcity of the broadcast spectrum, the authority — especially if the commission were to actually control which candidates could appear in a televised debate — clearly violates the plain text of the First Amendment, which prohibits governmental interference with a free press.

The distinction is lost on some, but could not be clearer in the constitution itself — it is not a "free speech promotion" amendment that encourages government to enforce diversity of voices, but instead a flat-out prohibition on interference.

Another way of saying it — what part of "make no law" does Dennis not understand?