Updating the fairness doctrine
Even then, the FCC did not impose fines or dictate how the station should respond; it only directed the station to come up with more balanced coverage.
One of the times when the FCC did get involved was the case that killed the Fairness Doctrine. Court of Appeals, with Judge Robert Bork, of all people, on the bench, along with then Judge Antonin Scalia.
Additionally, opinionated talk radio was not “a relatively new concept” in 1989 (Extra! Indeed, opinionated talk radio, which was always dominated by right-wing personalities, was born in 1960, and flourished in local markets under the Fairness Doctrine, which wasn’t jettisoned until 1987.
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In an otherwise informative piece about Fox News‘ Sean Hannity, Donald Trump’s favorite cable anchor, the Washington Post (10/10/17) inaccurately described the Fairness Doctrine, a former FCC rule requiring that broadcasters present controversial issues by including contrasting viewpoints.
The station’s owner said the subject was too controversial.
Citizens used the Fairness Doctrine to force the station to air the debate — both sides of it.