Does it sound like to you that the Mainstream Media plays by "Fairness Doctrine" rules these days?
The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission's view — honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the Doctrine in 1987, and in August 2011 the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine.
The Fairness Doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows, or editorials. The doctrine did not require equal time for opposing views but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented. The demise of this FCC rule has been considered by some[who?] to be a contributing factor for the rising level of party polarization in the United States.
The main agenda for the doctrine was to ensure that viewers were exposed to a diversity of viewpoints.
- MeganLv 44 years agoFavorite Answer
Of course they're not following the Doctrine. It was removed so that the news industry could pander and pretend to be part of the entertainment industry.
- BeardogLv 74 years ago
Polarization is hundreds of years older than 1987. And having a department of the executive branch determine fairness in media coverage of elections was probably never a great idea.
- GregLv 74 years ago
Nope, sounds like an attempt to force opinion on an audience/free speech issue. Only thing you need to get an opinion out is an audience. Especially these days, my god there's a zillion outlets.
- Shawn RobinLv 74 years ago
Why would they? Reagan Republicans repealed it back in the 80s.