Fairness Doctrine: Complete Coverage from Broadcasting & Cable

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In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission abolished the Fairness Doctrine, a policy requiring broadcast license holders to present controversial issues of public importance in a balanced and equitable manner. The abolition of the policy is generally credited with the explosion of conservative talk radio in the decade that followed. 

As broadcasters, legislators and communications experts once again debate the possibility--and the wisdom--of re-instating the Fairness Doctrine, Broadcasting & Cable provides complete coverage, including guest commentary.

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Boucher: No Plans To Reinstate The Fairness Doctrine

Diane Disney Says Fairness Doctrine Repeal Hurt Nonprofits

Floyd Abrams Knocks First Amendment

Senate Votes to Ban Return of Fairness Doctrine

Free Press: Consolidation, Not Fairness Doctrine, Bred Conservative Talk

Obama Restates Opposition to Return of Fairness Doctrine

FCC, Hill Flatly Deny Meetings With Waxman Staff On Fairness Doctrine

Obama Aide Declines Comment on Fairness Doctrine

Fairness Doctrine Returns to Front Burner

Commentary: Government Imposed 'Fairness' Is A Proven Failure

Bill Clinton Talks of Re-Imposing Fairness Doctrine or At Least "More Balance" in Media

Editorial: In All Fairness

Q&A: NRB’s Frank Wright Sees Fairness Doctrine As Credible Threat

Stabenow: Senate Could Hold Hearings on Fairness Doctrine

Commentary: Commissioner McDowell’s Mistaken Views on Fairness Doctrine

Citing Obama Opposition, McDowell Warns Against Fairness Doctrine

Religious Broadcasters Fear Fairness Doctrine Return

Republicans Introduce Bills Opposing Fairness Doctrine

Boehner Voices Concern Over Eshoo

Bush Advisor Warns Against Re-Instating Fairness Doctrine

Some Dems Balk At Return Of Fairness Doctrine

Schumer Comments Prompt New Fairness Doctrine Concerns

Fairness Fears About Obama

Will: Obama Victory Would Bring Fairness Doctrine Back

McDowell: Fairness Doctrine, Net Neutrality Linked

Who's Afraid of the Fairness Doctrine?

Obama Does Not Support Return of Fairness Doctrine

Bush Says No to Fairness Doctrine

President Says He Would Veto Fairness-Doctrine Imposition

The Fairness Doctrine -- ‘Requiescat in Pace’

Pence Wants To Kill Fairness Doctrine

Martin Reinforces Opposition To Fairness Doctrine

Senate Democrat Blocks Fairness Doctrine Foiler

Fairness Doctrine Blocking Bill Introduced In House

Air Wars Break Out Over Fairness Doctrine

McCain Backs Bill to Block Fairness Doctrine

House Passes Amendment Disallowing Funding for Fairness Doctrine

Pence Tries To Block Possible Fairness Doctrine Return

Kerry Wants Fairness Doctrine Reimposed

Feinstein Looking Into Fairness Doctrine Revival

Kucinich To Hold Fairness Doctrine Hearings

NRB Renews Opposition To Fairness Doctrine

The New Fairness Doctrine

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