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Reinstate The Fairness Doctrine

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It's time to bring fairness back to news broadcasting. The Fairness Doctrine of 1949, requiring broadcasters to be honest and balanced (giving proper viewpoints from either side of the aisle), was ended under conservative President Reagan beginning in 1985. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) then abolished the doctrine in 1987. Now those that broadcast the news are not held to any form of accountability, or form of ethics when reporting the news. They can be as biased as they want to be and spread vitriolic rhetoric with no rebuttal from an opposing viewpoint, leaving the news source as the only applicable and relevant opinion when reporting. Facts no longer matter when they are twisted into an opinionated viewpoint. We need to reinstate The Fairness Doctrine so the lies stop before irreparable damage is done. It is important that viewers are exposed to a variety of viewpoints.

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