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Monday, October 25

There Once Was A Fairness Doctrine In Media

For many years, television and radio stations were required to give equal time to opposing sides of public or political issues to ensure the American public heard all sides of a debate. It was a requirement made by the Federal Communications Commission that came to be known as The Fairness Doctrine.

In 1986, a federal court ruled that the Fairness Doctrine did not have the force of law and could be overturned without congressional approval. Congress passed a bill to make the doctrine law but the bill was vetoed by President Reagan in 1987 and the Fairness Doctrine was abolished.

Now there is a petition to Renew the Fairness Doctrine.

Spread this around. We could have used this like a year ago. Better late than never?

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