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Fairness Doctrine

Break Down the Echo Chambers

William S. Becker | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

This is the second of two posts on the media's role in the national conversation about global climate change and clean energy. The first post can be f...

Gresham's Law: How Bad Info Beat Good, Made Fox and Rush Rich, and Ruined the GOP

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.18.2013 | Media
Spencer Critchley

Since sound money is expensive, and bad money is cheap, bad money proliferates and drives good money out of the marketplace. Economists and sociologists have extended this principle to information: Bad information drives out good, and for similar reasons. This is what has happened in the age of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk.

Keep Your Mitts Off the Internet

Robert Miraldi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

A newspaper, a magazine and a cable wire coming into your house are all owned by private entrepreneurs. And the First Amendment guarantees that the government can't tell private people how they can speak.

A New Movement to Reform Campaign Finance

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

What we need is something to take the place of Occupy; a sort of honesty movement to bring about greater transparency and accountability in government.

Will the FCC Finally Act to Enforce the Rule of Law and Protect Our Public Airwaves?

Sue Wilson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Media
Sue Wilson

In Milwaukee five right-wing talkers on two stations directly supported Republican candidates 15 hours a day, five days a week. But these are public airwaves, not Republican airwaves, so the Media Action Center filed a legal challenge with the FCC to deny WISN and WTMJ their licenses.

We Must Demand Congress Kill Pending Censorship Proposal

Corydon B. Dunham | Posted 01.20.2013 | Media
Corydon B. Dunham

The FCC has on the table a policy that would resurrect broad censorship rules -- very similar to those that were revoked in 1987 because of their chilling effect on free speech and the television press.

Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

Sue Wilson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
Sue Wilson

I believe I have found the legal means to put Talk Radio on trial at the FCC -- and perhaps eventually at the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin recall of Governor Scott Walker presented a golden opportunity.

The French Presidency Is a Bargain

Sophie Meunier | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Sophie Meunier

Money is a good thing to have in a French electoral campaign, to be sure, but there is not that much money can buy.

The Bob & Chez Show 3/8/12

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.09.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

This week we discuss the Rush Limbaugh advertiser boycott; verbal rape; PSAs on the Limbaugh flagship station; Maher's defense of Limbaugh; comedians and commentators; the Fairness Doctrine; good Rush versus bad Rush, and other topics.

Fairness Doctrine Demise Gives Rise to the Public Interest

Sue Wilson | Posted 10.26.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

In August, 2011, the final nail has been pounded into the coffin of the Fairness Doctrine.

FCC Officially Ends Fairness Doctrine

The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including ...

Turning Down the Radio, Slice by Budgetary Slice

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The removal of a public broadcasting subsidy of $445 million will not materially ease the budget deficit, but it will materially damage a precious American institution.

The Ugly American Is Back

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

Free speech needs its own discipline, however enforced. The best rebuttal of the politics of hate is a torrent of love, and if not love then at least of facts.

Protect the House! Don't Let GOP Bullying Win!

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Normal free speech rights can be dangerous for Democrats. But if you are a Republican disrupting a Town Hall meeting held by a Democrat, then shouting/screaming is expected behavior.

Why Did Donna Brazile Use the F-word in Oprah's Magazine? (Hint: Rush Limbaugh)

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.

Letters Threatening Governors; Talk Radio's War of The Worlds Moment

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Orson Wells was censured for scaring millions people. But talk jocks tell tales of scare everyday as a matter of journalistic prerogative, and the FCC has little influence on the content of broadcasts.

Sam Stein On Obama's Energy Plans: Once Again, The President Is Negotiating Against His Own Party (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein joined conservative radio host Micheal Medved Thursday on "The Ed Show," to discuss everything from Presi...

California Needs The FCC To Restore The Fairness Doctrine

Roy Ulrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Roy Ulrich

Disingenuously titled "The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act," Proposition 16 uses the initiative process to solidify the monopoly power of one company at the expense of California citizens.

Lessons From the Right: Obama Tries to Regain the Message

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

President Obama understands he must reach the American public with the facts. Still, Fox News and, more importantly, talk radio will not allow their audiences to hear the unvarnished truth.

Those Who Hate The Fairness Doctrine Should Love Net Neutrality

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

If conservatives truly understood the Fairness Doctrine, then they wouldn't go around using it as a justification for opposing Net Neutrality.

Jason Linkins

World Net Daily Targets Valerie Jarrett | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I recently made note of the fact that Fox News contributor Bill Kristol "set up Valerie Jarrett as the right's next target of insane hounding." And lo, as predicted, here are your friends at World Net Daily leading the way.

Blah, Blah, Blah, It's A Business

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

Rule number one for current talk radio success seems to be to demonize a person, his or her belief system, or an entire political party.

Here's How You Can Strike Back Against Right-Wing Cable, Radio

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

We should talk about pulling local radio-station licenses, plus other effective and practical measures of attacking the real problem -- the right-wing media malice machine.

Jason Linkins

Obama FCC Nominee Comes Out Against Fairness Doctrine (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The paranoia that Obama would be getting all up in the radio tubes and force talk radio to start presenting an equal array of opposing viewpoints, thus destroying America, has persisted.

Senate Backs Amendment To Outlaw 'Fairness Doctrine'

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate approved an amendment Thursday that would outlaw the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," an off-the-books policy that once required broadcasters...