The FCC could nullify the effects of Citizens United & McCutcheon on election if they Wanted too.
It is Really Rather simple . All they would need to do is reinstate the Fairness Doctrine introduced in 1949 and the Equal time Rule that originated in §18 of the Radio Act of 1927; it was later superseded by the Communications Act of 1934
"The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission's view, honest, equitable and balanced. The FCC eliminated the Doctrine in 1987, and in August 2011 the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine"
"The main agenda for the doctrine was to ensure that viewers were exposed to a diversity of viewpoints. In 1969 the United States Supreme Court upheld the FCC's general right to enforce the Fairness Doctrine where channels were limited. But the courts did not rule that the FCC was obliged to do so"
"In June 2007, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) said, "It's time to re-institute the Fairness Doctrine," an opinion shared by his Democratic colleague, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts"
"The equal-time rule specifies that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. This means, for example, that if a station gives one free minute to a candidate in prime time, it must do the same for another candidate who requests it. The equal-time rule was created because the FCC thought the stations could easily manipulate the outcome of elections by presenting just one point of view, and excluding other candidates. It should not be confused with the now-defunct Fairness Doctrine, which dealt with presenting balanced points of view on matters of public importance."
Both these items were removed at the Demands right wing extremist from within the ranks of the GOP
" The FCC vote was opposed by members of Congress who said the FCC had tried to "flout the will of Congress" and the decision was "wrongheaded, misguided and illogical.". The decision drew political fire and tangling, where cooperation with Congress was at issue. In June 1987, Congress attempted to preempt the FCC decision and codify the Fairness Doctrine, but the legislation was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan. Another attempt to revive the doctrine in 1991 was stopped when President George H.W. Bush threatened another veto. "
In Light of effects Citizens United & McCutcheon on campaign advertizing it is time to Reinstate or enact a revised form of these critical FCC rules to assure a fair and balanced elections in the future. This should become the centerpiece of any parties election reform platform that wants to be taken seriously by voters...
sources : Wikpedia: Fairness Doctrine Revocation
I remember , that many people were questioning the purpose of the Hard Push that the FCC was getting from the Republicans to drop the Doctrine and revise FCC rules. At the time their seemed to be no real logical reason to remove the Doctrine. It was one of the first things that their newly elected congressional super-majority did. Everyone assumed it as a right wing resentment because the doctrine had been widely used to counter Political moves that they made. Now their agenda has become clear as the the Bush appointed Conservative Supremes handed out the Citizens United & McCutcheon rulings.
It was all Part of the Plan to pull off a weaponless Coup d'état for the American Oligarchy
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