Equal Time Rule

Discussion in 'Off-topic Political' started by phantoms, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    How does a debate qualify as a "news event" and as such disqualify those not invited from being able to invoke the Equal time rule?
     
  2. Craftsman

    Craftsman Well-Known Member

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    The Equal time rule applies to paid advertising for candidates. It does not apply to "News events". Debates are considered news events for purposes of this rule.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal-time_rule

    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.
     

  3. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    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.