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fairness doctrine

Syllabification: fair·ness doc·trine

Definition of fairness doctrine in English:

noun

A former federal policy in the US requiring television and radio broadcasters to present contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance.
Example sentences
  • For someone who advocates for the fairness doctrine, you seem very resistant to hearing an opposing point of view.
  • The fairness doctrine's eradication in the late '80s spurred the entire talk radio phenomenon that has swept America.
  • The former head of CBS, Fred Friendly, describes the real effects of the fairness doctrine in his excellent book The Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the First Amendment.

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