Fairness Doctrine

Law of Mass Communications seems to be more on my mind each day that our test comes closer, as a result I will be discussing the fairness doctrine.

The FCC adopted the Fairness Doctrine in two parts: station must air controversial issues and stations must allow opposing viewpoints to be heard.

In 1987, however, the Fairness Doctrine was dropped with the exception of three policies:

The Zapple Rule, Personal Attack Rule, and the Political Editorial Rule.

In 2000, the rest of the policies were dropped except for the Zapple Rule, which is where supporters of opposing candidates must be given the same paid and free time.

And that is the Fairness Doctrine in a nutshell.

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