UCC official urges new fairness doctrine rules

Countering personal attacks
The plans of Sinclair Broadcasting to show an anti–John Kerry documentary days before the November 2 election “demand restoring the personal attack rule and the Fairness Doctrine,” urged Gloria Tristani, a former Federal Communications Commission member who now directs the communications office of the United Church of Christ.

Democratic Party leaders have also urged the FCC to disallow the film, which some senators called a “blatantly partisan attack.” The 62-station television company, which planned to air Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal, by conservative filmmaker Carlton Sherwood, posted a notice on its Web site before Columbus Day saying that the film is still undergoing editing and that the criticisms are premature.


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