Question: Write an Essay on The Fairness Doctrine.
Discuss its origins and its demise
The Fairness Doctrine originates from a premise that radio broadcasters should not just present one side of any controversial issue. The doctrine was not formalized until 1941, but the FCC did go ahead and revoke the licenses of several licenses for being ‘unfair’ in the way they presented controversial issues (Sandman et al. 1972). Sandman records that there was even a radio station that lost its license just for running editorials. When the Fairness Doctrine was formalized in 1941, these are the major principles that were crystallized, as recorded by Sandman (1972):