Time to Retire Equal Time


Democrat and RepublicanPoliticians are showing up more on late-night television.

As the line between politicians and celebrities continues to blur, it’s time to retire the Equal-Time rules.

So says the TechPolicyDaily.

The FCC stopped enforcing the controversial Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and officially took it off the books in 2011. But its lesser-known sibling lives on.

The Equal-Time rules say that if a broadcaster permits any legally qualified candidate for public office to use the station, it must give equal opportunities to all candidates.

“Use” can be interpreted in different ways, as this article points out.