State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) today introduced a House Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to craft a 21st century Fairness Doctrine to curb the dangerous spread of misinformation.
“The January 6 attack on our nation’s Capitol is a tragic and painful reminder of the consequences that the unchecked spread of misinformation can cause. Even closer to home, I have seen what misinformation has done to members of my own family since I’ve become a become a public servant,” said Rep. Miranda. “It’s time we took steps to ensure modern media outlets can’t get away with spreading and enabling the dissemination of lies regarding factual matters.”
The Fairness Doctrine was a policy in place from 1949 to 1987 that required licensed radio and television broadcasters to present fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues of interest to their communities. This resolution calls on Congress to take steps to prevent the dangerous spread of misinformation and to promote an engaged and informed citizenry by creating a modern version of the policy that addresses traditional media as well as compels social media owners to take responsibility for eliminating the widespread dissemination of lies regarding factual matters.
The resolution now awaits its committee assignment.