On August 4, 1987, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to present opposing sides of controversial issues.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.
 
Opponents of the Fairness Doctrine say it was unconstitutional. They think forcing a broadcaster to present views he or she did not believe could violate part of the First Amendment—freedom of speech.
broadcaster
Noun

person or organization who participates in television or radio communication.

citizen
Noun

member of a country, state, or town who shares responsibilities for the area and benefits from being a member.

controversial
Noun

questionable or leading to argument.

doctrine
Noun

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.

finance
Verb

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.

inform
Verb

to provide knowledge.

provide
Verb

to give or make available.

public
Noun

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.

repeal
Verb

to overturn or reject something that was once guaranteed.

require
Verb

to need.

unconstitutional
Adjective

against the laws of the United States Constitution.

violate
Verb

to break a rule.