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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Recent Examples on the Web In 1949, the Federal Communications Commission established the fairness doctrine, which interpreted operating in the public interest to require broadcasters to cover major public-policy debates and present multiple points of view. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 Under the fairness doctrine, a dozen or so minor party candidates would have been entitled to participate in the debates. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Henry Geller, Who Helped Rid TV of Cigarette Ads, Dies at 96," 24 Apr. 2020 The 1987 repeal of the fairness doctrine means television and radio broadcasters are no longer required to air conflicting views on significant public issues; balance is mostly self-policed. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Critics demand networks fact-check Trump’s live immigration speech," 8 Jan. 2019 And after liberal radio hosts flopped on Air America -- remember them -- well, some democrats thought to revive the fairness doctrine to snuff out conservative talk radio. Fox News, "Will Mueller get his presidential interview?," 8 Aug. 2018 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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“Fairness doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairness%20doctrine. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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