On a radio show Thursday Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said it's increasingly likely that there will be congressional hearings on a new fairness doctrine. She talked about the need for accountability and standards on the airwaves. Diane Farsetta, Senior Researcher at the Center for Media and Democracy , says before the doctrine's repeal in 1987, it required broadcasters ensure a diverse range of perspectives regarding vital issues affected the public.
The Madison-based media watchdog says the policy has since become mischaracterized.
"Claims are made that for every hour of conservative commentary there has to be an hour of liberal commentary."
Farsetta claims that policy never existed.
Despite increasing calls in Washington to bring back the policy, Farsetta is unsure whether it's politically feasible because of the misinformation and how divisive the issue has become.
Farsetta is unsure whether the Fairness Doctrine is the best way to "have a conversation" on media reform. She believes the FCC should utilize its licensing power to play a more active role in defining and enforcing public interest with stations.
President Obama himself has not made statements regarding the Fairness Doctrine but on the campaign trail a spokesman said he does not support bringing it back.