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  •  Fox Touts Its Right to Lie (15+ / 0-)

    O.K., so I've posted this, or a variation of it several times over the past couple of days, am doing it again here, just to make sure it doesn't fall between the cracks.

    I'll first note (in fairness) that this concerns a Fox "affiliate", but, if anyone thinks that (a) Fox's corporate culture doesn't influence its affiliates, or that (b) Fox News' corporate HQ was not aware of the arguments presented in this case, then, dear reader, such a person would undoubtedly have a terminal case of "the naives".

    Now, let's note that a member of the Fox News Family has successfully argued in Court for its RIGHT TO LIE and DISTORT IN NEWS BROADCASTING.  Excerpt from cited/linked article:

       

    "During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. [Fox] argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves.  Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so."

    Just imagine how O'Reilly would be flogging such a story were it about a CBS affiliate!

    BenGoshi

    The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 08:22:55 AM PDT

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