fairness doctrine

(redirected from The Fairness Doctrine)
Also found in: Dictionary, Legal.

fairness doctrine:

see equal-time ruleequal-time rule,
a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires equal air time for all major candidates competing for political office. It was preceded by the fairness doctrine, abolished in 1987, which required radio and television broadcasters to air contrasting views
..... Click the link for more information.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
"The need for a return to the fairness doctrine is obvious when you listen to talk radio, which is dominated by Limbaugh and his clones," Silverblatt said.
(153) Maddox also argued that his exclusion violated the fairness doctrine because the networks failed to provide him with reasonable time to present his differing viewpoint; while he admitted that his candidacy had received some coverage, he felt the coverage was woefully inadequate when compared with that given to Carter and Ford.
The Fairness Doctrine required a broadcaster to determine if it had presented one side of a controversial issue of public importance and then, if so, to select how the other side would be presented and who would present it.
While the Fairness Doctrine corresponds to increased cigarette consumption, the broadcast ban on cigarette advertising appears to coincide with lower cigarette consumption.
Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the FCC's decision to eliminate the fairness doctrine. In a concurring opinion, Chief Judge Richard S.
Their terms covered some of the most controversial times for the FCC as it addressed issues emanating from the breakup of AT&T and pressures aroused by ending the Fairness Doctrine.
That rule, the Fairness Doctrine, required broadcasters to air divergent viewpoints whenever they broadcast any view on a controversial issue of public importance.
The Fairness Doctrine serves as an excellent tool for understanding major interpretations of the public interest standard over the lifetime of American broadcast regulation.
In the end, the death of the Fairness Doctrine didn't get much airtime.
There are always threats, and different political sides like to kick up their heels on the issue of the Fairness Doctrine and equal time and all that.
A sampling of the entry topics includes American Federation of Musicians, the Fairness Doctrine, pay radio, politics and radio, regulation, sports on radio, and suspense.
Lost amid all the hand-wringing over the Fairness Doctrine, in this context, is the laudable goal that the measure was meant to foster: not stifling opinion, but rather stimulating robust debate by mandating divergent perspectives be represented.