The Fairness Doctrine was one enshrined in WPKN's Constitution, even long after is ceased to be law. A few years ago there was a long, bitter struggle within WPKN over the station's personal commentary disclaimer. The station's leftist producers found it inconvenient to disclose that the content of their programs did not reflect the views of WPKN or its licensee and invite listener response. The commentary disclaimer/response invitation was eventually relegated to weekday evenings around 6:30, appropriately following the left-slanted Free Speech Radio News.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”Schumer’s comments echo other Democrats’ views on reviving the Fairness Doctrine, which would require radio stations to balance conservative hosts with liberal ones.
If the Fairness Doctrine once again becomes law due to Democratic control of Congress, the squealing from WPKN's news & public affairs producers should be very entertaining.
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