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Fox News Gets O.K from Court. to Misinform and Distort News On National Television

 
Jessica
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Fox News Gets O.K from Court. to Misinform and Distort News On National Television
Fox News gets okay to misinform public, court ruling
05/14/09 11:48 Filed in: Media Reform

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The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdock, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves. We are pushing for a consumer protection solution that labels news content according to its adherence to ethical journalism standards that have been codified by the Society of Professional Journalists (Ethics: spj.org).
A News Quality Rating System and Content Labeling approach, follows a tradition of consumer protection product labeling, that is very familiar to Americans. The ratings are anti-censorship and can benefit consumers.

Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie.
By Mike Gaddy. Published Feb. 28, 2003
On February 14, a Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization. The court reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information. The ruling basically declares it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast.

On August 18, 2000, a six-person jury was unanimous in its conclusion that Akre was indeed fired for threatening to report the station's pressure to broadcast what jurors decided was "a false, distorted, or slanted" story about the widespread use of growth hormone in dairy cows.

The court did not dispute the heart of Akre's claim, that Fox pressured her to broadcast a false story to protect the broadcaster from having to defend the truth in court, as well as suffer the ire of irate advertisers. Fox argued from the first, and failed on three separate occasions, in front of three different judges, to have the case tossed out on the grounds there is no hard, fast, and written rule against deliberate distortion of the news.

The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdock, argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

In its six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a "policy," not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation. Fox aired a report after the ruling saying it was "totally vindicated" by the verdict.
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Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!! Dahhu! The courts are Operated by the UNITED STATES(a Corporation) and YOU THOUGHT they would NOT DEFEND another Corporation over the People????
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Well its nice to have it in writing...
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Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!! Dahhu! The courts are Operated by the UNITED STATES(a Corporation) and YOU THOUGHT they would NOT DEFEND another Corporation over the People????
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 424156

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Right on the button!
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07/17/2009 09:32 AM
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Wow. So what more proof do we need that the 9/11 coverage by Fox was a total fraud.
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Wow. So what more proof do we need that the 9/11 coverage by Fox was a total fraud.
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You mean the same coverage that ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN reported that day?

don't be such a pinhead.
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07/17/2009 09:39 AM
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Wow. So what more proof do we need that the 9/11 coverage by Fox was a total fraud.


You mean the same coverage thatABC,NBC,CBS,MoranSNBC and CommunistNewsNetwork reported that day?

don't be such a pinhead.
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You mean the same coverage that ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN reported that day?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 725017

yeah, it was the same, wasn't it ?

you'd nearly think they were all in the same club
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bump For Truth!!





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