The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he will strike the Fairness Doctrine, a rule that requires broadcasters to present opposing views of controversial issues.
In a letter to the chairman of the House Commerce Committee, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote that the 1949 rule “holds the potential to chill free speech adn the free flow of ideas.”
Genachowski’s letter was disclosed Wednesday by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who said in a news release that he has asked the FCC chairman for details on when the rule would be scrapped.
Republican lawmakers have pushed the FCC to remove the rule, saying it is outdated and among policies that tie the hands of television broadcasters.
The rule had been challenged in courts in 1989 and hasn’t been enforced by the FCC since then. [read more]
Learn more about the Fairness Doctrine:
A Brief History | TIME
How We Lost it, and Why We Need it Back | Common Dreams
Beyond the Fairness Doctrine | Reason