Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's O.K. to Lie, Appeals Court tells Fox News

This is actually old news, but important to bring back up in the context of a new study...


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. 

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A European study shows that, over time, even the most sophisticated readers can be manipulated.





There's nobody more cynical about the media than your average European.
Only 12 percent of Europeans claim to trust the media, compared to 15 percent of North Americans, 29 percent of Pacific Asians and 48 percent of Africans, the BBC has found.

Yet new research out of the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that even the most hardened Europeans may succumb to media manipulation and change their political views if they are bombarded long enough with biased news.

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Outfoxed - The Movie




 
The documentary "Outfoxed" illustrates how competing news outlets have followed Fox's lead in order to maintain market share with Journalism being the ultimate loser in the process.

"Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

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FCC Consumer Facts - False Information
 

25 comments:

John Doe said...

Take a deep breath, Lowell, and untwist your panties. Now imagine if this was a lawsuit against PMSNBC, undoubtedly your favorite T.V. broadcasting station, instead of Fox. No, wait, they already did broadcast intentionally false news: remember the flare in the gas tank or whatever it was? (Or was that ABC?) And don't forget CBS, in the Dan Rather George Bushgate case.

But wait, there's more. If broadcasting "false" news is illegal, somebody gets to judge what is "false." Imagine if it was somehow "illegal" to post false news and conservatives were the judges and juries. People such as you, and Rachel Madcow, and Keith Obamablowerman would be put in jail immediately, do not pass go.

Now resume your blind hatred of Fox News like a good little automaton.

Rockdem said...

Gotcha thinking, huh John? Don't like it much either, huh? Inside that hardened shell there is still someone who does in fact respect the truth John, I can sense it in the force... The Empire hasn't completely sucked out your soul John.
There is still hope for you...

John Doe said...

You are correct, Lowell, I DO care about the truth. Which is more than I can say about you. I've NEVER seen anybody who toes the party line as much as you and your cohorts here. It's almost as if you are too frightened to think for yourselves. It's as if you see it as a sign of weakness to criticize another democrat.

Being a thinking person, I disagree often with Republicans, and I sometimes agree with Democrats. And I'm not afraid to say so. I hereby challenge you to show me a post--any post--where you have disagreed with the democrat party line. I can show you many on my blog where I've disagreed with Republicans, and agreed with Dems.

crickets chirping.

Anonymous said...

I know the Democrats aren't upset with anyone about telling a lie. Obama has been doing it every since he took office. How many bills have you seen for 5 days before Obama signed it into law.Does anyone remember the big lie Obama told to get the stimulus passed? Well let me remind you Obama said if we didn't spend almost a trillion dollars of borrowed tax payer money unemployment might go over 8% well the liar passed the bill and now we are at 10.2%.How about the lie about how many jobs Obama had created ? Can someone please explain to me how you can claim to have created jobs when the FACT is since Obama took office we have lost over 3 million jobs ? I think Joe Wilson was right on when he said YOU LIE.

Bubby said...

Bob McDonnell was elected two whole weeks ago and the rest areas are still closed. Bob lied.

Rockdem said...

You probably should begin now to take it a bit easy on calling people liars young man.

Rockdem said...

Your heroes are proven liars, and you're repeating more than you should without thinking. Try reading up a bit and thinking for yourself. I know it will be uncomfortable at first, but the payoff is well worth it...

Anonymous said...

Bubby you are a idiot Bob McDonnell isn't governor yet.Lowell Fulk i bet Gene Hart and Greg Marrow wish now that they had NOT listened to you and the idiot Bubby maybe they could have gotten more than 30% of the vote son.

Anonymous said...

Who are my heroes Fulk ?

Rockdem said...

Can't measure up in the conversation eh young man?

Rockdem said...

John, would you care to come to his rescue?

Rockdem said...

Anon, can you not hear your own words echoing in your ears?

Rockdem said...

Good question anon, who in fact are your heroes? I'd be happy to discuss that with you...

Bubby said...

Bob McDonnell said it is OK to lie if it serves a higher purpose. It is in his Thesis to the Sheeple, page 55-56. Praise Bob.

Bonnie F. said...

It is pretty obvious Anonymous has not taken the time to educate himself. Thanks for the links to sites tracking the stimulus, they're very helpful.

Anonymous said...

Bubby Bob McDonnell will be the next governor of Va just like i told you he would. You and Creigh Deeds sure loved the Thesis don't you ? Bob McDonnell did a great job putting that out for Deeds to jump on and it worked perfect. Bubby EVERYONE YOU helped LOST son.

Anonymous said...

Lowell Fulk are you and Bubby the same person ?

Anonymous said...

Lowell Fulk you said my heroes are proven liars well who were you talking about ?

John Doe said...

Lowell, were you throwing back a few last night when you made multiple comments within minutes. He he.

Rockdem said...

Just busy John, got a lot going on. Oh, and I don't blindly hate Fox. I don't hate. I hold Fox in contempt much as I did Jim and Tammy Fay... Or most any televangelist group.

Anontomjeff,
No, Bubby and I are not the same person. But he is one of the best friends I could ever hope to have, and my girls call him Uncle Bubby.
One day you might be fortunate enough to know someone like Bubby, but I doubt if you would recognize them. That type of person thinks too much for your comfort.

seth said...

i believe that civil discourse is still possible.

on that note, how does everyone feel about the current controversy surrounding jobs purported to have been created by the stimulus? i think what they're saying about indirect jobs that aren't counted probably has some merit, but in my mind, it still doesn't justify going with numbers that are known to be fraudulent.

bottom line,

they all lie. if you have a problem with that, i'd suggest you quit voting.

Anonymous said...

Fulk im sorry you have such low taste in frieneds and from what i have seen posted about Bubby you might want to be carefull about having him around your girls.

Bubby said...

Seth,
Can you say "President Palin"?

seth said...

bubby,
i won't be voting, but i'd hope that barrack will have a more intelligent platform.

Anonymous said...

If GWB had put a report out with such lies in it the Democrats would have been OUTRAGED but when the Democrats do it they think its ok.Lowell Fulk created this post to in his mind expose Fox News but he hasn't said a word about Obama's big lie about the jobs created in the stimulus bill. They even claimed to have created jobs in districts that DO NOT even exist. Lowell Fulk VDOT named a road after you they call it ONE WAY.