Video: Edging The Government Out of TV

To foster diversity, the FCC drops its "fairness doctrine"

Does TV always have to be fair? And if so, who decides what fairness is?

The Meredith Corp. never dreamed that the issue would become a major problem when its station WTVH in Syracuse broadcast some ads in favor of a nuclear power station in 1982. But the Syracuse Peace Council charged that the company had violated the Federal Communications Commission's "fairness doctrine" by failing to broadcast any material opposing the nuclear plant. The FCC, which receives thousands of such complaints every year (and generally does not act on them), somewhat reluctantly decided that Meredith had indeed broken the rules. But...

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