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Fox-Can-Lie Lawsuit-Fox News is built on lies!
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If Fox want to claim to be a news station, and moreover to be fair and balanced, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that they will take precautions against broadcasting misleading or downright false facts. If they want to report lies, then they shouldn’t claim to be a news station.

Free speech has reasonable limits – if you don’t believe me, try joking with the security people next time you fly that you have a bomb in your suitcase. If a person can’t make a stupid but essentially harmless joke, then how on earth can anyone justify a news station fabricating or falsifying news stories as being about “free speech”?

eople frequently refer to a court case that Fox won, which essentially gives the media the right to lie. This came from an appellate court decision that states that the FCC’s news distortion policy does not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation.

From Wikipedia:

Jane Akre and her husband Steve Wilson are former employees of Fox owned-and-operated station WTVT in Tampa, Florida. In 1997, they were fired from the station after refusing to knowingly include false information in their report concerning the Monsanto Company’s production of RBGH, a drug designed to make cows produce more milk. They successfully sued under Florida’s whistle blower law and were awarded a US $425,000 settlement by jury decision. However, Fox appealed to an appellate court and won, after the court declared that the FCC policy against falsification that Fox violated was just a policy and not a “law, rule, or regulation”, and so the whistle blower law did not apply.

The court agreed with WTVT’s (Fox) argument “that the FCC’s policy against the intentional falsification of the news — which the FCC has called its “news distortion policy” — does not qualify as the required “law, rule, or regulation” under section 448.102.[...] Because the FCC’s news distortion policy is not a “law, rule, or regulation” under section 448.102, Akre has failed to state a claim under the whistle-blower’s statute.”[1]

In 2001, Jane Akre and her husband won the Goldman Environmental Prize as a recognition for their report on RBGH. [2]

In 2004, Fox filed a US$1.7 million counter-suit against Akre and Wilson for trial fees and costs. Akre and Wilson both appear in a major portion of the 2004/5 critical documentary, The Corporation.

In 2007 Jane became the editor-in-chief of the national news desk at InjuryBoard.com.[3]

From FoxBGHSuit.com:

Fox appealed and prevailed February 14, 2003 when an appeals court issued a ruling reversing the jury, accepting a defense argument that had been rejected by three other judges on at least six separate occasions…

The whistle-blowing journalists, twice refused Fox offers of big-money deals to keep quiet about what they knew, filed their landmark lawsuit April 2, 1998 and survived three Fox efforts to have their case summarily dismissed. It is the first time journalists have used a whistleblower law to seek a legal remedy for being fired by for refusing to distort the news. Steve and Jane are now considering an appeal to the Florida state Supreme Court.

From CeaseSpin.com:

Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie.
By Mike Gaddy. Published Feb. 28, 2003

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 Murdoch, 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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PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 16:06 PM
sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 17:08 PM

I for one am glad you don't. If so, I'd have to post all 252 of these:

http://www.infowars.com/252-documente...

But - in any case - welcome back! We've missed you (and your sense of humor).

icyman61 commented on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 04:50 AM

I think all media has an agenda to push, and they give their "side" the news they want to hear even though it maybe one sided. Thats why everyone needs to do their OWN research about important subjects!

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 18:38 PM

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