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Hot chit & butterballs! Wilson & Akre charge Fox with false and distorted news reports!

 
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01/27/2005 07:51 PM
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Hot chit & butterballs! Wilson & Akre charge Fox with false and distorted news reports!
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Fired reporters challenge Fox TV license

Steve Wilson and Jane Akre charge Fox with false and distorted news reports.

by Steve Wilson

TAMPA (January 3, 2005) For what is believed to be the first time ever, two television journalists have challenged the broadcast license of a station on grounds it deliberately broadcast false and distorted news reports.

Veteran reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson filed the petition Monday against WTVT Fox-13, in Tampa, a unit of Rupert Murdochīs Fox Television empire.

The formal Petition To Deny the stationīs pending license renewal presents the Federal Communications Commission with 98 pages of what the journalists say is "clear and convincing support for the claim that the licensee is not operating in the public interest and lacks the good character to do so."

The challenge stems from what the reporters say was a year-long experience inside the station, where they resisted Fox managers who 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 beyond.

The claim also cites another case of alleged deliberate distortion at the Fox-owned television station in Kansas City, WDAF Fox-4.

"No broadcaster should be allowed to put its own financial interests ahead of the public interest."

The journalists also charge that WTVT has violated federal rules with regard to keeping on file viewer complaints and comments. The reporters say not one communication regarding the dispute over the hormone story was found in the files even though there were several examples of letters, which should have been there.

"There are no greater supporters of the First Amendment than Steve and I," Akre said. "But the First Amendment is certainly not a license to lie and no broadcaster should be allowed to put its own financial interests ahead of the public interest. The public interest is by law the primary obligation of every broadcaster who uses our public airwaves to make their corporate fortune, especially when broadcasting the news."
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Fair and Balanced

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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Very cool of them. It is about time we start to handle the truth.
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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"The public interest is by law the primary obligation of every broadcaster..." - tell me it aint so - I was sure it was the corporation that paid the bills - wall
Pollyannuh  (OP)

12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I was always calling them before the elections. One thing or another would kick me off about their coverage and once I got their 800 number and made a couple of calls I began my tirade with, "Itīs ME, again...".

1rof1

Pulleeeeeze, donīt call yourself one thing and then go do the exact opposite.

I just cannot allow that to pass by with out a comment.
Pollyannuh  (OP)

12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Ha!

hi Sage!
Pollyannuh  (OP)

12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Gaia.

I wish theyīd take a closer look at the REST of their reporting!
Pollyannuh  (OP)

12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Wow!

Iīm gonna have to look up this Jon Rappaport!
Pollyannuh  (OP)

12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Oops!

Thanks, Parsingman!
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Jeez, all you have to do is say "FOX". It was some dirt water station in tampa with a cow report lol, Get a grip.





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