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The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

Update: 2022-09-24
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This week we finally heed the call to Unf*ck the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) We don’t get all the way there (it’s been around since 1934) but we manage to tackle the fairness doctrine, which was intended to provide balance and equal time in broadcasting and was repealed in 1987. Many credit this Reagan-era move as the beginning of the end of civility, leading to the divide in the nation today. But, of course, the story behind the doctrine is far more nuanced. We review a history of the FCC, its limitations and whether or not the fairness doctrine ever really had a place in America given the natural tension with the First Amendment.


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Chapters


Intro: 00:03:53


Chapter One: What is the FCC and why should we give a shit? 00:04:51


Chapter Two: To be fair, it was never really a doctrine. 00:13:35


Chapter Three: Fairness in the eye of the withholder. 00:24:57


Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:33:27


Post Show Musings: 00:39:36


Book Love: 00:40:22


Outro: 00:49:35


Resources


FCC Website


Congressional Quarterly: Broadcasting Deregulation


UNFTR Episode Resources


Manufacturing Dissent: How We Let an Aussie Destroy the U.S.


The Economics of Racism: Bootstraps, Black Banks and Redlining.


Book Love


Steven J. Simmons: The Fairness Doctrine and the Media


Brian J. Karem: Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It


Ken Auletta: Backstory: Inside the Business of News


Bernard Harcourt: The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order


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The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

The FCC: On the death of the fairness doctrine.

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