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The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and the First Amendment: Free Speech Vs. Fairness in Broadcasting [Kindle Edition]

Fred W. Friendly
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Unlike newspapers, TV and radio broadcasting is subject to government regulation in the form of the FCC and the Fairness Doctrine, which requires stations "to devote a reasonable amount of broadcast time to the discussion of controversial issues" and "to do so farily, in order to afford reasonable opportunity for opposing viewpoints." In this provocative book, Fred W. Friendly, former president of CBS News examines the complex and critical arguments both for and against the Fairness Doctrine by analyzing the legal battles it has provoked.

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  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (January 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes the Fairness Doctrine Again June 25, 2007
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The latest hyperventilation in Washington is the return of the Fairness Doctrine to introduce more "fairness" into conservative talk radio. Fred Friendly's book is the definitive study of the effects of the fairness doctrine back in the days of limited media outlets.

In case study after case study, Friendly follows the rule from its inception and covers all the major court cases. The book is conversational, never boring, and will probably be cited by both sides in the debates that are happening now.

While the book shows how the rule has been used to stifle blowhards, dangerous demogogues, and raging Mississippi bigots: it also stifled debate, free speech, and limited the marketplace of ideas.

Friendly's book ended before the rule was killed by Executive Order in the Reagan years (1988).
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