The Fairness Doctrine may make a Comeback
POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:39am
TYLER - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this year that Democrats are interested in bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.
If the Fairness Doctrine were re-instated, each program would be mandated by law to give equal time to all sides of an argument.
This means if you like to listen to Rush Limbaugh, for example, be prepared for half of his show to be liberal, in addition to the conservative half of his show.
The Fairness Doctrine was done away with in 1987, and since then, talk radio boomed with the introduction of Rush Limbaugh's show.
But many believe shows like Limbaugh's are not fair. That's why they want the Fairness Doctrine to come back, but some broadcasters say it won't make things more fair, just less discussed.
"It kills off any discourse whatsoever. We just simply won't talk abou things about which there will be controversy," Paul Gleiser, President of KTBB says.
"You should be able to watch it and get the information without getting bias from left or right wing nuts," Zach Jones says.
Although the Democratic Party is the one pushing for the Fairness Doctrine, Barack Obama says he's not in favor of bringing it back, and if he becomes President he will not support it.