I found this via Scoobie Davis
, the first blog I ever read. According to this
article, FOX news was being sued under whistle blower status because they fired two reporters for refusing to alter their story regarding hormones in dairy cows.
The challenge stems from what the reporters describe as a year-long experience working at the station where they resisted their managers who, they allege, repeatedly ordered them to distort a series of news reports about the secret use of an artificial hormone injected in dairy cattle throughout Florida and nationally.
The reporters charge in a release distributed Monday that station executives demanded the reports be falsified and slanted to avoid a threatened lawsuit by the hormone maker Monsanto, as well as potential loss of advertising from the dairy industry and others who objected to the reports.
One of the reporters won a $425,000 award only to lose it on appeal. You'll love the reason, given below the fold.
According to FOX, it is not against the law or any regulations to distort the news.
That verdict was overturned in 2003 when an appellate court accepted Fox's defense that since it is not technically against any law, rule or regulation for a broadcaster to distort the news, the journalists were never entitled to employee protections as whistleblowers in the first place.
Wow! It doesn't get any more ballsy than that. Here's one that should be screamed out into the blogasphere and sent to every FOX fan you know.
Did you ever think they would admit that the play on their slogan, "We distort, you decide", was true? In a court of law no less?