You may be thinking of the "Fairness Doctrine", which was abolished in 1984 after Congress determined that broadcasters were so scared of unpredictable FCC sanctions that they were not hosting any issues discussions since zero was the easiest number to match on all sides. Democrats on the FCC periodically float ideas to bring this back in order to silence conservative talk radio.
I understand the layout and operation of the Equal Time Rule (btw, it's not just "paid" advertisments, free ads count too), what I was questioning was how debates are considered news events just for the purpose of not having to invoke the Equal Time rule.
Who decided that and look how narrow and controlling that decision can be.
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