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  •  they don't...they aleady won a lawsuit saying (6+ / 0-)

    they can lie until their hearts are content.

    In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

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    During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They 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.

    "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

    by justmy2 on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:13:29 AM PST

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    •  If I were the judge in the next appeal, (1+ / 0-)
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      I would reverse this nonsense.

      Yes, news corporations should not be able to distort news.  Otherwise, it should not be called "news".

      -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

      by sunbro on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:32:55 AM PST

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      •  I think it was the wrong person (1+ / 0-)
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        who brought the suit, ie those who were told to lie (employees), not those who were deliberated lied about.

        Employees always get screwed.  Sad, that.

        "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

        by Uncle Moji on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:49:21 AM PST

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      •  this was in the Bush is the Almighty (1+ / 0-)
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        hey day...I wouldn't be surprised if this really wasn't a "law-based" ruling.  Look at how people are protecting Fox to this day.

        "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

        by justmy2 on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:57:46 AM PST

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    •  Wish I could afford to post this "We-have-the- (0+ / 0-)

      right-to-lie" info on billboards along Midwestern highways in order to neutralize the impact of the ever-presebt Faux News on every television set in every waiting room, lobby, restaurant or tire repair joint, where I understand that in some cases Faux has agreements to pick up the tab for the tv operation as long as the channel is not changed.  Now that's truly a propaganda machine, just short of electro-chemical mind control.

    •  This has been thoroughly debunked (0+ / 0-)

      By yours truly, in fact.

      FOX, Lies & Videotape: debunking an internet myth

      I'll cut to the conclusion:

      It is clear from the evidence presented here that FOX did not argue, as claimed by several of its critics, that it had a First Amendment to lie in its news reports. It's also plain that the Florida courts did not rule that FOX and other broadcasters had such a right.

      Oh, and FOX most certainly did contest the charge that they'd pressured the reporters to lie or distort the news. All you have to do is read their filings at the trial and appellate court levels to learn that.

      Sean Parnell
      President
      Center for Competitive Politics

      Congress shall make no law...

      by Sean Parnell on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 06:56:21 AM PST

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