Federal Communications Commission

Let's bring back the Fairness Doctrine

Is it finally time to become civil? Has our political discourse become toxic enough?

How would it be if we still had the Fairness Doctrine? Wikipedia recalls, "The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission, 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…"

This was a FCC rule until it was deep-sixed in 1987, during Reagan administration.

"… The Fairness Doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime...