The Fairness Doctrine was an important rule that ensured broadcasters offered equal coverage to both sides of issues. In its absence, radio and television coverage of important issues has become skewed, hurting political discourse and civility. Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine could help better inform the public on all sides of important issues.
The Fairness Doctrine is easily abused for political ends, difficult for the FCC to administer in a reasonable manner, and no longer necessary in light of the numerous broadcasters in today’s media landscape. Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine would have a chilling effect on free speech, in addition to being administratively challenging to implement.