Bill would ban reimposition of Fairness Doctrine —
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Broadcasters today applauded the introduction of the Broadcaster Freedom Act, legislation that would bar the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine. A Senate version (S. 34) of the bill was introduced yesterday by Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SC). Legislation offered in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 226) is sponsored by Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Greg Walden (R-OR).
The Fairness Doctrine, first implemented in the 1940s, required broadcasters to air contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance. It was eliminated in 1987 after the Federal Communications Commission found it had a “chilling effect” on free speech.