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Audio News: Senator Says She Wants the Fairness Doctrine Back

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this morning told radio host Bill Press that she thinks that so-called "Fairness Doctrine" -- or something akin to it -- should be brought back to the airwaves. 

The Fairness Doctrine refers to an FCC policy, eliminated under Ronald Reagan, that requires broadcasters who use publicly owned airwaves to present both sides of controversial issues.  It was used during the civil rights era to keep radio in the Deep South from using their stations to oppose civil rights.

The basic concept is that the airwaves are a finite resource, owned by the public and, therefore, should not be used to promoted a biased point of view.  But some conservatives fear that the revival of the doctrine is an attack on conservative talk radio which came of age after the doctrine was abolished.


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