On August 4, 1987, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to present opposing sides of controversial issues.Supporters of the Fairness Doctrine say it helped create an informed public. They think the doctrine allowed citizens, voters, and residents to rely on their television or radio station to provide varied viewpoints about issues related to their health, finances, or public policies.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry broadcaster Noun
person or organization who participates in television or radio communication.
member of a country, state, or town who shares responsibilities for the area and benefits from being a member.
questionable or leading to argument.
policy or system of teachings.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Noun
U.S. federal agency whose mission includes regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.
to fund or provide money to an organization or individual, usually for a specific purpose.
First Amendment Noun
(1791) update to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting government from interfering with freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government.
to provide knowledge.
to give or make available.
people of a community.
public policy Noun
course of actions, beliefs, and laws taken by a government having to do with a specific issue or concern.
to overturn or reject something that was once guaranteed.
against the laws of the United States Constitution.
to break a rule.