The Fairness Doctrine: Big Brother in the Newsroom

Wilson, Jerome L.
December 1975
American Bar Association Journal;Dec75, Vol. 61 Issue 12, p1492
Academic Journal
Discusses the fairness doctrine in the United States. Arguments for and against the doctrine; Effect in the radio and television newsroom; Middle ground floor for both the broadcasters and the public; Federal Communication Commission's regulation of the news; Equal time; Constitutional challenge to the doctrine; Future of the fairness doctrine.


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