Is it time to return to the rules of the "Fairness Doctrine"

pepper5419 2012/09/23 16:32:01
The FCC could return to the rules of the "Fairness Doctrine."The rights for the FCC to make available opposing views on all broadcasts were never taken away by the Supreme Court as the FCC was given those rights back in 1949.Though the rules of the doctrine were done away in the days of Ronald Reagan in the 1980's it wasn't challenged in a court fight.A return to those rules would mean that Limbaugh, MSNBC, FOX, and the rest of opinionated programming would have to give equal time to those with an opposing view point.Should we return to the rules of the "Fairness Doctrine" or should it be challenged and over turned at the Supreme Court level?
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  • Veritas CLM *First Sedition* 2012/09/23 22:30:39
    Veritas CLM *First Sedition*
    The FCC "Fairness Doctrine" did not ensure equal time to opposing viewpoints, it simply ensured that those viewpoints were presented. It may seem like a good idea on the surface, but a significant reason for elimination of the rule, was the advent of competing media, such as cable television. If the FCC were to reintroduce a doctrine to police radio and television broadcasters, they would be at a competitive disadvantage with the internet, as well as cable television, where such doctrines do not exist. Customers would simply choose a different media form. Deregulation is the best way to ensure that all viewpoints are represented, because it allows media owners to compete for customers.

    It is also important to note that newspapers have no such regulatory agency, largely because competing newspapers were so prolific at one time, that it was considered unnecessary for a government agency to regulate them as monopolies of information. The FCC's role in regulating early radio and television stations was largely justified on the basis of limited options existing for the customer. Since the roles are now reversed, with multiple forms of electronic media competing, and very few newspapers (many have a monopoly in their respective markets), the same logic in the early days of the FCC would dictate that newspapers be regulated, not radio, television, or the internet.
  • ikeknight 2012/09/23 18:24:44

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