"Fairness 2.0: Media Content Regulation in the 21st Century," Policy Analysis No. 651, Cato Institute
"Civil libertarians feared that a change of administrations would herald a revived Fairness Doctrine, a policy that previously permitted the government to oversee broadcast news coverage for "balanced views." A return to the Fairness Doctrine, however, now seems unlikely. It is very likely, however, that politicians from both the left and the right will try to extend government control over the media beyond current policies. New rules adopted or proposed by the Federal Communications Commission suggest that the agency may be poised to enforce the most intensive government oversight of broadcast programming in decades—perhaps even in the history of the agency."
Noted First Amendment and communications attorney Robert Corn-Revere offers an insightful discussion of current trends relating to the Fairness Doctrine and government control of media.
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