Policy

The Formal Death of the Fairness Doctrine

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The FCC retires one of its gags.

Nearly a quarter century since it stopped being enforced, the Fairness Doctrine is being formally stricken from the books. I'll be on WRVA in Richmond, Virginia—that's 1140 on your AM dial—at 8:05 tomorrow morning to take a look back at one of the Federal Communications Commission's more infamous restrictions on free expression. You can listen live here.

Some relevant stuff I've written:

"Tuning Out Free Speech"—a history of the Fairness Doctrine.

"Beyond the Fairness Doctrine"—more-current threats to radio and TV broadcasters' freedom of speech.