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  •  Isn't that the same thing? (1+ / 0-)
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    Spedwybabs

    If there's no law against lying, then apparently they have the right to lie.

    'Slower Traffic - Keep Right!'

    by luvbrothel on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 04:03:14 PM PDT

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    •  A right to lie beats a law against lying. (1+ / 0-)
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      Spedwybabs

      As a legal matter, it's only a right if it trumps or will trump a law prohibiting it.  Since the court said there was no law against it, they didn't have to reach the question of whether there was a right to do so.  So we can't tell from this case whether there is a right to lie as opposed to merely an absence of a prohibition (assuming the fox affiliate argued there was, which some commenters - whom I trust as far as I can throw - assert that they did)

      •  Define 'lie' (1+ / 0-)
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        Spedwybabs

        because that's at the root of this.

        If a station reports something because that's the only info they have at the moment, but it turns out to be wrong, did they lie? If an anchor says something that's an opinion, is it a lie?

        I think it would be easier just to require that anything that's not verifiable be given a 'opinion' label at the bottom.

        That would be just about everything on Fox News.

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