fairness doctrine


Definition of fairness doctrine 

: a tenet of licensed broadcasting that ensures a reasonable opportunity for the airing of conflicting viewpoints on controversial issues

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America needs a fairness doctrine for the digital age, one that’s not concerned with partisan balance but fact versus fiction. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Ban Facebook Before Elections," 23 Feb. 2018 But fairness doctrine supporters, who contend the doctrine promotes diverse opinions on television and radio, also wrapped themselves in the Constitution. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump, NBC and Fake News," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fairness doctrine

1952, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of fairness doctrine 

: a doctrine requiring broadcasters to provide an opportunity for response to personal attacks aired by the broadcaster and especially for the airing of conflicting viewpoints on controversial issues

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