fairness doctrine

fairness doctrine. A former FCC rule that required the broadcast media to furnish a reasonable opportunity for discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance. • The FCC abandoned the fairness doctrine in 1987. Cf. EQUAL-TIME DOCTRINE. [Cases: Telecommunications 435. C.J.S. Telegraphs, Telephones, Radio, and Television §§ 178–179, 183–187.]
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