More on the FD

Dan Billings
Sat Feb 28 16:54:19 EST 2009

And what happened if the station refused?

The station faced government action.

That is the government judging speech.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna Halper" <>
To: "Dan Billings" <>; "Garrett Wollman" 
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Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: More on the FD

> Oh dear.  That's not how the FD was applied.  News was expected to be 
> neutral and based on facts.  Commentary was allowed, but it had to be 
> identified as commentary. And commentary could not contain slanderous 
> personal attacks.  If a commentator said something a member of the public 
> disagreed with, that listener could write to the station or call in during 
> a talk show.  And even enough people complained, then a responsible 
> spokespeople who wanted to respond to an editorial or a commentary was 
> supposed to be given time to express that opposing view.

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