Federal campaign law requires broadcasters to give all candidates equal time on the airwaves. That rule applies to entertainment programs like "Law & Order," meaning stations that run the show would be required to give other GOP candidates a like amount of prime-time exposure.Okay, that sorta makes sense, but what doesn't really make sense to me is that it doesn't apply to all air-time.
Candidates' appearances on newscasts, interview programs and at news events are exempted from the rule. So are incidental appearances in documentaries.So why is it that the news media can talk about the front runners all day long and ignore the also-rans. It seems to me that that is much more inequitable than having the world see Fred Thompson play Arthur Branch for a few minutes on an episode of Law and Order. I just don't understand why news and talk shows are exempt from the rule. It seems unfair.