Fairness Doctrine. For approximately 65 years the federal government has attempted to interject itself into the broadcast media industry. More specifically the government has attempted to influence, sway and/or control what news programs report. This is a massive infringement upon constitutional rights and has far and over reaching capabilities.
A news program is generally the mouth and opinion of the TV station and or network. It is the communications entity from studio to the public. Any attempt by the federal government to control a news program or the content generated by the station could affect how religion and matters of religion are conveyed. For example, the wars in the Middle east are nothing but wars of a religious nature. The federal government if given control would alter how stories are being reported.
Under the friendly name of, “The Fairness Doctrine”, the federal government is still attempting to gain its influence over broadcasters and now print media!
Commissioner Wary of ‘First Step’ Toward New Fairness Doctrine
By Aaron Mercer/ National Religious Broadcasters
Calling it a “first step down the same dangerous path” of the infamous Fairness Doctrine, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai this week blasted a study being readied by the agency ostensibly to boost diversity in media. In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Commissioner Pai stated, “With its ‘Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,’ or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, SC, is scheduled to begin this spring.”
Commissioner Pai’s warnings build on the alarms raised by legislators in recent months. Notably, key Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in which they referred to the CIN study as a “Fairness Doctrine 2.0.” They wrote, “Given the widespread calls for the commission to respect the First Amendment and stay out of the editorial decisions of reporters and broadcasters, we were shocked to see that the FCC is putting itself back in the business of attempting to control the political speech of journalists.”
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