Civil Liberties

Fairness Isn't Fair


Every once in a while even the FCC can get it right:

The Federal Communications Commission has no intention of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine imposing a requirement of balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said.

Martin, in a letter written this week to Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and made public Thursday, said the agency found no compelling reason to revisit its 1987 decision that enforcing the federal rule was not in the public interest.

Another victory for free speech, no matter how ridiculous the speech may be.

More from reason's Radley Balko on the "fairness doctrine" here. Also, Jacob Sullum's take on recent Supreme Court free speech cases here.