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A Brief and Incomplete Primer on US Censorship (inspired by Grace Reid).

by urizon Mon Jun 13th, 2005 at 07:29:09 AM EST

This is a quick follow-up to Grace Reid's excellent diary on censorship in the US

Censorship isn't official US government policy. What we have is de facto censorship. In 1986, the Reagan administration allowed lapse the Fairness Doctrine. This law enforced "equal time" rules when it came to dissenting view points seeing the light of day. If you had a right-wing gas-bag on the morning chats, then the network was bound by law to provide a platform to the opposition

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