August 04, 2005

On this day

On the 4th of August 1987, the Federal Communications Commission rescinded the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues. Acording to State Rep. Mark B. Cohen of Philadelphia, "The fairness doctrine helped reinforce a politics of moderation and inclusiveness. The collapse of the fairness doctrine and its corollary rules blurred the distinctions between news, political advocacy, and political advertising, and helped lead to the polarizing cacophony of strident talking heads that we have today."


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