S) Constitutional Matters
The National Atheist Party calls for the reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine” under which authority news outlets were required to present a balanced view of all matters affected by party affiliation and political polarization. Although today’s proliferation of media outlets, including the Internet and other electronic news sources virtually guarantees that any viewpoint can be heard, a cursory examination of primary national news outlets shows an increasingly biased and polarized reporting atmosphere. Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, especially in a modified form that accounts for the growing number of independent and electronic media outlets, would restore the level playing field that has been missing from the post-911, hopelessly partisan news media. The NAP strongly supports the re-institution of this much-needed legislation and petitions Congress to introduce legislation leading to its reinstatement.