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Petition to FCC, Congress, senate

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine

Like most Americans, I am fed up with the state of political affairs in this country.  Disinformation and chaos are the orders of the day.  How can we hope to come to any form of consensus or govern when we can't even agree on a given set of facts?!?  We are plagued with misinformation from pundits and politicians pushing their own agendas, while foreign powers use cyber espionage to reinforce false narratives. This has to stop!  We have become so polarized as a nation that we have become our own worst enemies, unable to listen to any voices that dare to disagree with our own world view.  We need to cut through the lies and rhetoric, and the only way we do that is through honest discourse.  When we can't even discuss issues rationally how can we expect to solve them? To that end, I call upon the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the US House of Representatives and the US Senate to reinstate the FCC Fairness Doctrine.   ("The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011.[1] The fairness doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters."  - Taken from Wikipedia article FCC Fairness Doctrine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_fairness_doctrine#:~:text=The%20fairness%20doctrine%20of%20the,honest%2C%20equitable%2C%20and%20balanced Let Americans once more hear all the sides of an argument, rather than pandering to our own tribalism so we can finally get back to the business of *solving* problems, rather than *contributing* to them.

Colin Bromfield
220 supporters