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Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. (Photo: NBC ‘Meet the Press’)
John Kerry openly stated his support of the overturned “Fairness Doctrine” that required broadcasters in America to “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of public importance.”
The Federal Communications Commission overturned the rule in 1987 because it failed to accomplish its purpose of encouraging more discussion of controversial issues. More notably, concerns were raised over the constitutionality of the doctrine because many believed it violated First Amendment free speech rights.
“I think the fairness doctrine ought to be there, and I also think equal time doctrine ought to come back,” he said on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC.
Kerry’s remarks can be heard in a recording posted by the Drudge Report.
“These are the people that wiped out … one of the most profound changes in the balance of the media is when the conservatives got rid of the equal time requirements and the result is that they have been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views and I think its been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public eye,” Kerry argued.
Kerry also favored reinstating the Equal Time Rule, which requires television and radio stations to allocate equal airtime to political candidates.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, recently introduced in Congress a plan to revive the Fairness Doctrine.
Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said this week she is considering the possibility of bringing it back.
“Well, I’m looking at it, as a matter of fact … because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side,” said Feinstein in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.”
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