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  •  If I were a lawyer for a TV station... (13+ / 0-)

    ...I would tell the TV station never to evaluate the truth of any ad they run.

    The problem is that once you do that, now you're in the business of evaluating every ad to comes in, or defending in a lawsuit the fact that you allowed a lie on the air ('it says here that you rejected those swift boat ads because they were lies... why did you allow this other lie on the air later?').

    Much easier to say 'yeah, we don't do that, we just run the ads, take it up with the ad sponsor if you don't like it'.

    Now, for political reporting I think the reporter absolutely has the right and probably the duty to investigate whether Romney is lying about Obama or any other matter and report on it.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 08:23:40 AM PST

    •  I agree... (12+ / 0-)

      ... I don't want media outlets restricting free speech based on their own screening of content. It could too easily work against us.

      I do absolutely want journalists to do follow-up articles debunking the falsehoods and misrepresentations in ads.

      And I would really like a public campaign financing system to prevent the "better funded" candidates from getting a bigger megahorn than those who are honest, so that candidates themselves could always afford to run their own commercials rebutting falsehoods and misrepresentations.

      •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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        grannycarol, Ms Citizen

        A station should absolutely be investigating the truth of ads run on their own network, but their editorial and news operations should be doing it.

        Their ad sales department should just be concerned with whether the ad meets regular non-content based standards (length, sound levels, stuff like that).

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 08:50:07 AM PST

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    •  Canadian laws (9+ / 0-)

      Doesn't Canada have laws preventing broadcasting lies on air.  If I remember right, Murdoch tried to get the law changed and when he couldn't he dropped a bid to expand broadcasting in Canada.  I think it would be the producer of the ad that should be sued and not the TV station that airs it.  Obviously, the TV station can not investigate every ad they run for false statements.  And PLEASE let this be the start of journalists exposing all the lies in political speeches AND ads.  Such a high percentage of Americans are so utterly uninformed of the facts that tend to believe all the crap that is thrown at them.

      •  Actually, (0+ / 0-)

        there ARE truth in advertising laws in this country, some enforced more than others.  For instance the FDA is pretty tough on drugs and food and children's products/toys have a list of rules and laws that would fill a book.  Also, where retail is concerned, there are rules, and more than a few retailers have heard from the state attorney general when they are breaking them.

        So why not truth in political advertising laws?

    •  run the rebuttal ad (4+ / 0-)

      the obama campaign should run a rebuttal ad immediately following pointing out the mis-information and discredit this group

    •  Hypothetical (0+ / 0-)

      The next Romney television ad runs 2 days before the election, "The Obama has given Iran nuclear weapons, scientific secrets and gold in an effort to destroy Israel with the help of his muslim brothers.  The Obama is not an american citizen and is planning to use his office to impose a fascist dictatorship that will rule this nation."

      Should a television station not object to airing this sort of nonsense?

      Children have imaginary friends, adults have god.

      by soros on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 10:11:00 AM PST

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      •  Probably not (0+ / 0-)

        Like I said, the TV station is either a 'common carrier' or it isn't.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 04:01:07 PM PST

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