View Full Version : F.c.c. Votes Down Fairness Doctrine In A 4-0 Decision

08-05-2009, 09:15 PM
August 5, 1987--The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously today to abolish its fairness doctrine on the ground that it unconstitutionally restricts the free-speech rights of broadcast journalists.

''We seek to extend to the electronic press the same First Amendment guarantees that the print media have enjoyed since our country's inception,'' said the new chairman of the F.C.C., Dennis R. Patrick. He and the three other commissioners said the 38-year-old fairness doctrine was stifling the democratic debate it was supposed to promote. [ Excerpts from the decision, page C26. ] Contrasting Views Required The doctrine, which evolved through court rulings and..


08-05-2009, 09:19 PM
Not exactly current.... but I guess it's interesting info for the uninformed.