• Petitioned President of the United States

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President of the United States

Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine

    1. Ray Staar
    2. Petition by

      Ray Staar

      San Francisco, United States

We, the undersigned, believe and assert that the set of principles and guidelines collectively known as The Fairness Doctrine, as implemented and practiced by the Federal Communications Commission from 1949 through 1987, must be reinstated. We further believe and assert that said doctrine must be enacted and passed as Federal law.

When, in 1987, The Fairness Doctrine was stricken down, then FCC Director Mark Fowler argued that radio and TV were mere appliances, “not unlike toasters,” and were, therefore, beyond the power of government to regulate. We put the case that it is not the electronic instruments themselves, but access to the content broadcast over them, which is at issue. Freedom of speech over the public airwaves is not freedom of speech if only one side of controversial public issues is fairly represented.

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    • Natha Robertson BRIGHTON, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      Please do whatever you can to reinstate the fairness doctrine. The division of the people of this country is overwhelming and cannot lead to anything good. United we stand is a thing of the past, largely due to biased reporting and one-sided talk shows. If people are once again given both sides of every issue, they will once again have to think for themselves to reach a conclusion. Thinking is vital, and we, as a country, aren't doing it much anymore.

      We have proven that we as a society cannot be fair and just without oversight. Please reinstate the fairness doctrine.

      Sincerely,

      Natha Robertson

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      • over 3 years ago

      Telling lies & making vicious comments about others is not freedom of speech. It is unlawful.

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      • over 3 years ago

      FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS EVERYTHING

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    • Kathy Capps LIBERTY, SC
      • over 3 years ago

      It is hard to believe that someone in 1987 would not realize that broadcast journalism was a primary if not the primary means of news for most Americans.

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      We, the undersigned, believe and assert that the set of principles and guidelines collectively known as The Fairness Doctrine, as implemented and practiced by the Federal Communications Commission from 1949 through 1987, must be reinstated. We further believe and assert that said doctrine must be enacted and passed as Federal law.

      When, in 1987, The Fairness Doctrine was stricken down, then FCC Director Mark Fowler argued that radio and TV were mere appliances, “not unlike toasters,” and were, therefore, beyond the power of government to regulate. We put the case that it is not the electronic instruments themselves, but access to the content broadcast over them, which is at issue. Freedom of speech over the public airwaves is not freedom of speech if only one side of controversial public issues is fairly represented.

      The Fairness Doctrine said the airwaves licensed by government to commercial broadcasters belonged to the public whether the spectrum was used for radio or TV etc and ensured there was sufficient diversity of information and points of view -- with lots of independent radio stations -- there were some commercial outfits but they were locally owned most often and there was independent noncommercial, as well as commercial stations.

      Today media consolidation has reduced diversity of opinion and we have infotainment, more newsrooms being slashed, hard hitting investigative journalism is in decline and we see more radical extreme pundits taking to the air replacing real news with soft news and fake journalism, more human interest pieces, celebrity gossip, reporting on crime than science and technology, international crises, or other issues that are serious. Some news goes under reported, other news is not reported at all or spun by today's reporters politically to give the left or right an advantage. We need to hold these companies accountable, stop the consolidation and reverse it if possible while increasing diversity.

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