The Fairness Doctrine Is Off the Books

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As part of an effort to do away with "outdated, burdensome" regulations, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission officially eliminated the Fairness Doctrine on Monday. The set of rules intended to "promote honest, balanced discussion of controversial issues" on radio and television has not been enforced since 1987, when the advent of cable and new broadcasting stations killed the need for networks to present "a diversity of viewpoints." Never again, people. [Reuters]