Rules Without a Home: FCC Enforcement of the Personal Attack and Political Editorial Rules

  title={Rules Without a Home: FCC Enforcement of the Personal Attack and Political Editorial Rules},
  author={Robert W. Leweke},
  journal={Communication Law and Policy},
  pages={557 - 576}
  • Robert W. Leweke
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Political Science
  • Communication Law and Policy
The Federal Communications Commission developed and codified the personal attack and political editorial rules in the 1960s to help ensure licensee fairness to issues, listeners and candidates. After almost 20 years of litigation, the broadcast industry and the courts forced the FCC to repeal the rules in October 2000. This article analyzes cases arising from complaints under the rules since the FCC codified them in 1967. The study concludes that first, most rulings in attack cases have been… 
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The Communications Act requires broadcasters to operate in the "public interest, convenience and necessity
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