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Alex Vassilio 2/18/08 Should the “Fairness Doctrine” be Re-instated? In the early 1940’s the FCC created the “Mayflower Doctrine,” which was essentially a ban on radio stations for editorializing. The FCC was concerned that radio stations would begin to promote single sides of issues and indoctrinate its audience. During the time there was wide-spread anti communist sentiment, and a tendency for broadcasters to take sides, so the FCC had to initially take a very strong stance with the doctrine. The absolute ban on editorializing was weakened as the years went on however, and eventually stations were no longer required to represent all points of view, and could heavily favor one, as long as there was another station advocating the opposite stance. The idea arose because of the fact that broadcasting licenses were in short supply, and were limited to the available number of frequencies, as opposed to print, where there were basically no barriers to speech. The Fairness Doctrine, which developed out of the
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