Genachowski Says No to Fairness Doctrine

Reimpose the Fairness Doctrine? No thank you, said soon-to-be-FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to Congress.

Responding to a query from Senate Commerce Committee member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex) during his confirmation hearing this week, President Obama’s nominee said that he opposes the controversial principle.

The doctrine would require broadcasters to present both points of view when covering stories of public interest and political import. So, if one candidate for office is given airtime, his or her opponent should be given the same amount. The policy was in place until the FCC scrapped it in 1987, but industry groups have fought to get it reinstated as a firewall against bias.

Genachowski said he believes the doctrine goes against the free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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