Re- Fairness Doctrine - radio and television in the public interest

Robert S Chase
Fri Nov 7 01:43:55 EST 2008

The position that the public airways shall be used in the public interest has always been a hallmark of federal policy since the earliest communications acts. To put it bluntly, advertising was the evil business that people put up with in order to enjoy the benefits of "free" programming. Even if the practitioners of radio and television don't believe that in their heart of hearts that is the policy the people enacted in their laws. (At least until recently.) What do they say, the bad money always chases out the good?
> Message: 8
> Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 18:55:40 -0500
> From: "Bill O'Neill" <>
> Subject: Re: fairness doctrine
 Radio is 
> a business, listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Advertising' not 'Opinion' 
> or 'Speech'.  

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