Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2018

Publication Source

International Journal of Communication

Volume

12

Start Page

3434

Last Page

3453

Abstract

The Fairness Doctrine, one of the most famous and controversial media policies ever enacted, suffered a final deathblow in August 2011 when the Federal Communications Commission permanently struck it from the books. However, the Doctrine continues to be invoked by proponents and detractors alike. Using mixed methods, this study historically contextualizes the Fairness Doctrine while drawing attention to how it figures within contemporary regulatory debates. By tracing over time the shifting ideologies and discourses surrounding the Fairness Doctrine, we can see how political conflict shapes the normative foundations of core media policies, especially those involving positive freedoms.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This work was published in the International Journal of Communication. It is made available under Creative Commons license. The original work can be found here: https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5787

Keywords

Fairness Doctrine, positive freedoms, media policy, media history

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Date Posted: 12 November 2019

This document has been peer reviewed.