351) Douglas questioned the constitutionality of the fairness doctrine
, arguing that people should be entitled to express "extreme ideas, silly ideas, partisan ideas" just as freely in the broadcast media as they can in print.
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.
Congressional action to restore the Fairness Doctrine
was later vetoed by then President Reagan.
Much like the odious Internal Revenue Service inquiries made of Tea Party and conservative nonprofits, this FCC foray into the private domain of editorial selection is meant to intimidate and smacks of Big Brother and a sub silentio return to the Fairness Doctrine
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.
Beware: There is a renewed effort to breathe life into that old canard, the Fairness Doctrine
the FCC's repeal of the Fairness Doctrine
, there is currently no