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Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine: to Remedy the Cancer that Enabled the Cancer of Trumpism

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In 1969, The SCOTUS 'ruled unanimously that the Fairness Doctrine was not only constitutional but essential to democracy. The public airwaves should not just express the opinions of those who can pay for airtime; they must allow the electorate to be informed about all sides of controversial issues.'

Congress attempted to codify the Fairness Doctrine, with a House Yea-Nay Vote of 302 – 102 and a Senate Yea-Nay Vote of 59-31, but the legislation was vetoed by President Reagan.

The doctrine did not require equal time for opposing views but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows, or editorials.

Reagan veto of Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1987 counters a unanimous SCOTUS Ruling and the overwhelming will of the Congress.
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The Fairness Doctrine repeal meant that broadcasters could ignore crucial issues or present only one side" of debates, and that news judgment will increasingly reflect a business orientation. The demise of this FCC rule has been considered by some to be a contributing factor for the rising level of party polarization in the United States.

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"After the end of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, talk radio spread the message that Black and Brown Americans and "feminazis" were trying to usher in socialism. In 1996, that narrative got a television channel that personified the idea of the strong man with subordinate women. The Fox News Channel told a story that reinforced the Movement Conservative narrative daily until it took over the Republican Party entirely."

"The idea that people of color and women were trying to undermine society was enough of a rationale to justify keeping them from the vote, especially after Democrats passed the Motor Voter law in 1993, making it easier for poor people to register to vote. In 1997, Florida began the process of purging voter rolls of Black voters."

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