About the bill
Should a 1940s-to-1980s rule mandating more balanced media be reinstituted?
Beginning in the earliest years of television, from 1949 to 1987, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required American television and radio broadcasters to present both sides — or all sides — of any political or social issue. It came to be nicknamed the Fairness Doctrine.
The Reagan-era FCC eliminated this rule, which was never reinstituted in subsequent decades under either party. Supporters of the rule’s elimination argued it helped the First Amendment and free speech, by eliminating forced speech or advocacy towards all sides — including sides a station’s ownership or management may have disagreed with.
On top of this, a subsequent Trump-era 2017 FCC decision loosened ownership restrictions on stations. In combination, these two decisions not only allowed given ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Length: 2 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on September 19, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Sep 19, 2019
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H.R. 4401 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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