Two basic problems arose—how to find a balance between public interest and freedom of speech, and how to regulate the public airwaves without violating free speech. to Broadcasters.” The Times also wrote that it was dangerous to allow “a government agency the power to judge a news organization’s performance…” Broadcasters should be accountable to viewers, not government rules, it argued.According to the Broadcast companies, public confidence, watchfulness, and competition are true judges of fairness, and they should be the only tools for judging fairness.
The public voices that wanted to keep the Fairness Doctrine were useless, muted by the onslaught of corporate resistance to the rules.
Some make the argument that eliminating the Fairness Doctrine was the single largest contributor to the divided America we face today.
Media deregulation at every turn and the rise of internet blogs and online news, according to some, set the stage for and allowed false and derogatory news and talk-radio broadcasts. Kennedy makes a passionate argument in support of a Fairness Doctrine.
Our citizenry does not have those protections anymore.
Without all and accurate information, citizens are not able to make informed choices.