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11. The Media Can Legally Lie

CMW REPORT, Spring 2003
Title: “Court Ruled That Media Can Legally Lie”
Author: Liane Casten

ORGANIC CONSUMER ASSOCIATION, March 7, 2004
Title: “Florida Appeals Court Orders Akre-Wilson Must Pay Trial Costs for $24.3 Billion Fox Television; Couple Warns Journalists of Danger to Free Speech, Whistle Blower Protection”
Author: Al Krebs

Faculty Evaluator: Liz Burch, Ph.D.
Student Researcher: Sara Brunner

In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997 the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise.

According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox’s actions to the FCC, they were both fired.(Project Censored #12 1997)

Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station and on August 18, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre was wrongfully fired by Fox Television when she refused to broadcast (in the jury’s words) “a false, distorted or slanted story” about the widespread use of BGH in dairy cows. They further maintained that she deserved protection under Florida’s whistle blower law. Akre was awarded a $425,000 settlement. Inexplicably, however, the court decided that Steve Wilson, her partner in the case, was ruled not wronged by the same actions taken by FOX.

FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. The Court held that Akre’s threat to report the station’s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida’s whistle blower statute, because Florida’s whistle blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted “law, rule, or regulation.” In a stunningly narrow interpretation of FCC rules, the Florida Appeals court claimed that the FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation,” it was simply a “policy.” Therefore, it is up to the station whether or not it wants to report honestly.

During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. After the appeal verdict WTVT general manager Bob Linger commented, “It’s vindication for WTVT, and we’re very pleased… It’s the case we’ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.”

UPDATE BY LIANE CASTEN: If we needed any more proof that we now live in an upside down world, the saga of Jane Akre, along with her husband, Steve Wilson, could not be more compelling.

Akre and Wilson won the first legal round. Akre was awarded $425,000 in a jury trial with well-crafted arguments for their wrongful termination as whistleblowers. And in the process, they also won the prestigious “Goldman Environmental” prize for their outstanding efforts. However, FOX turned around and appealed the verdict. This time, FOX won; the original verdict was overturned in the Appellate Court of Florida’s Second District. The court implied there was no restriction against distorting the truth. Technically, there was no violation of the news distortion because the FCC’s policy of news distortion does not have the weight of the law. Thus, said the court, Akre-Wilson never qualified as whistleblowers.

What is more appalling are the five major media outlets that filed briefs of Amici Curiae- or friend of FOX – to support FOX’s position: Belo Corporation, Cox Television, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., Media General Operations, Inc., and Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. These are major media players! Their statement, “The station argued that it simply wanted to ensure that a news story about a scientific controversy regarding a commercial product was present with fairness and balance, and to ensure that it had a sound defense to any potential defamation claim.”

“Fairness and balance?” Monsanto hardly demonstrated “fairness and balance” when it threatened a lawsuit and demanded the elimination of important, verifiable information!

The Amici position was “If upheld by this court, the decision would convert personnel actions arising from disagreements over editorial policy into litigation battles in which state courts would interpret and apply federal policies that raise significant and delicate constitutional and statutory issues.” After all, Amici argued, 40 states now have Whistleblower laws, imagine what would happen if employees in those 40 states followed the same course of action?

The position implies that First Amendment rights belong to the employers – in this case the five power media groups. And when convenient, the First Amendment becomes a broad shield to hide behind. Let’s not forget, however; the airwaves belong to the people. Is there no public interest left-while these media giants make their private fortunes using the public airwaves? Can corporations have the power to influence the media reporting, even at the expense of the truth? Apparently so.

In addition, the five “friends” referred to FCC policies. The five admit they are “vitally interested in the outcome of this appeal, which will determine the extent to which state whistleblower laws may incorporate federal policies that touch on sensitive questions of editorial judgment.”

Anyone concerned with media must hear the alarm bells. The Bush FCC, under Michael Powell’s leadership, has shown repeatedly that greater media consolidation is encouraged, that liars like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are perfectly acceptable, that to refer to the FCC interpretation of “editorial judgment” is to potentially throw out any pretense at editorial accuracy if the “accuracy” harms a large corporation and its bottom line. This is our “Brave New Media”, the corporate media that protects its friends and now lies, unchallenged if need be.

The next assault: the Fox station then filed a series of motions in a Tampa Circuit Court seeking more than $1.7 million in trial fees and costs from both Akre and Wilson. The motions were filed on March 30 and April 16 by Fox attorney, William McDaniels-who bills his client at $525 to $550 an hour. The costs are to cover legal fees and trial costs incurred by FOX in defending itself at the first trial. The issue may be heard by the original trial judge, Ralph Steinberg-a logical step in the whole process. However, Judge Steinberg must come out of retirement if he is to hear this, so the hearing, set for June 1, may go to a new judge, Judge Maye.

Akre and her husband feel the stress. “There is no justification for the five stations not to support us,” she said. “Attaching legal fees to whistleblowers is unprecedented, absurd. The ‘business’ of broadcasting trumps it all. These news organizations must ensure they are worthy of the public trust while they use OUR airwaves, free of charge. Public trust is alarmingly absent here.”

Indeed. This is what our corporate media, led by such as Rupert Murdoch, have come to. How low we have fallen.

Jane Akre and be reached at: jakre@bellsouth.net.

  • Lee Stevens October 26, 2010

    Rupert Murdochs agenda is to damage the USA while making money at it,He really is an undesirable alien immigrant. There is nothing Fair and Balanced about Fox News they operate under a public FCC license that is supposed to serve the public good..The least you can do is boycott all Fox programming, then tell the sponsors and write complaint letters to the FCC.

    • Brenda July 19, 2011

      Hey Steve.
      The FCC doesn’t seem relevant anymore.  I remember when it was a highly respected agency.  But now , not so much.

      • Turophile February 9, 2013

        The FCC does not regulate cable TV, hence, the viewers need to be discriminating. You have to watch both left and right to get the unvarnished truth. Watch Fox if you want the right side. If you want the left side, watch ABC, CBS, or CNN. If you want the far left, watch NBC. If you want the extreme left, watch MSNBC or Current TV. Simple.

        • Rick Nielson November 20, 2013

          FOX, MSNBC, and all the rest, they’re all on the same team don’t you think?

          • Debbie Ledford August 26, 2014

            Yes they are all on the same team. I go outside mainstream media for a look at what may be the truth. But I understand that everyone that sreads information has an agenda. So, I get news from all over the world,yep, Al Jazzera, The Times of India, Pakastain’s “Dawn”, some Chinese news sources, RT, various european news outlets as well as youtube and anything else I can find. And I don’t believe everything I read.

  • Brett November 8, 2010

    Any news agency (major corporation) would have taken the same course of actions. It is unfair to request people to boycott ”everything” FOX. In this case if was FOX that made a poor and downright wrong decision to use loop holes to aid their agenda. But is anyone so sure MSNBC wouldn’t have done the same?

    • H & H August 19, 2011

      All big media is the same. Corporate owned. 

    • ALPHA OMEGA October 20, 2011

      The main thing MSNBC SEEMS TO DO IS “OUT” FOX and that is why the right wing clones hate it.  PS the cop-out right wingnuts always use is the other guy does it also.  This is usually false and when it is not, the big difference is in the degree that FOX goes overboard in its fabrications

      • Superstobie October 21, 2011

        a Wall Street Journal  NBC poll that finds 27% of Americans say that they get most of their news from Fox News  5% for MSNBC and 16% for CNN. If by “out” fox you mean get lower ratings and compete with fox like a kid with down syndrome competes with an Olympic athlete then yes thats what they do. And by the way it has been proven that all news networks do it. So the cop out to me is a little kid saying another little kid is more worse than he is. and you fail to address when msnbc goes overboard with its bias’s and excluding information which is practically lying to your viewers, then you are quite the hippocrit no?

        • Captain America May 8, 2012

          So 2 wrongs make a right…?? 

          NO…!! 

          But 3 Lefts makes a Right…!! 
          HAHAHAA

          All should be held accountable…!!!!

        • Anonymous July 31, 2012

          So popularity = true?

    • Anonymous July 31, 2012

      Have they done the same? What Fox did in this article was over 10 years ago. If MSNBC would have done the same they would have done so by now.

      • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

        Alverant what don’t you understand about the Common Law and precedent?

  • Elliander November 15, 2010

    I would think that FTC rules should step in when a news organization advertises itself. The thing is, according to the FTC, all advertisements must be truthful. Fox news advertises itself as Fair and Balanced. They also advertise themselves as reliable. While it may work to say they can lie, at the point they make an advertisement which would at least suggest honesty than they should have to be truthful in the News Broadcast or else be found guilty of false advertising.

    I do understand their view though. The truth can hurt. If the truth alienates advertisers, that cuts into profits. And since these news stations are either on Basic Cable or available on “Bunny Ears” they clearly rely on advertisements to continue to broadcast. If the law required them to be truthful it could diminish their ability to deliver any news at all.

    The thing to do is not to protect their right to lie, but rather, making it against the law for a company to retaliate against a Company who owns a News Organization that reports truth that hurts them. That would be tricky to spell out into law, but it would protect consumers, news organizations, and the public as a whole.

  • phoenix December 11, 2010

    well that explains how glenn beck, sarah palin, bill o’reilly, sean hannity and all the other fucktards are able to get away with saying the things they do on air

    • Ksera Sugarmail February 18, 2012

      Are you honestly going to omit Rachel Maddow, Dan Rather, Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher while claiming to be intellectually balanced?…Seriously?

      Congratulations. Your indoctrination is complete.

      • Bob Trombetta February 25, 2012

         What a load. Bill Maher and Jon Stewart are comedians who comment on the news, not self-advertised journalists. Dan Rather, I believe, got run out of town on a rail when he appeared to distort a news story. Keith Olbermann got fired by his employer for contributing to a political campaign – apparently a First Amendment right not available to a “liberal” newsperson. Gee, I wonder if Hannity, O’Reilly and the rest of that mendacious crew ever contributed to a political campaign or cause? Well, no need to worry – it’s okay if you’re a right wing propagandist.

      • Anonymous July 31, 2012

        Given how Maddow or Olberman have not blantantly lied to their audience (unlike Beck, Palin, et al), your comparison is faulty. As for Rather, he’s been vindicated. His charges that W Bush went AWOL has been confirmed.

        • justIMHO March 12, 2013

          Are you serious? Rather got cashiered for promoting a story he KNEW was NOT proven. Whether someone could prove it later (or not) is beside the point – it’s like a policeman stopping and searching someone without probable cause; even if the party the policeman stops is LATER put on an APB and a warrant issued, the policeman didn’t have cause to stop them WHEN THEY DID IT.
          Rather’s bias was disgustingly obvious – which he proved when he gushed his support for Pres. Clinton on a live feed after his election….

          • alverant March 12, 2013

            And how did you know it was not proven? The worst you could say is that he made a good faith mistake. The information on that sheet was a hand-made copy of the original. Your comparison is invalid. It’s like blaming one cop for not being able to read the handwriting of another cop even though they got the right address for the warrant.

          • justIMHO March 12, 2013

            ??? I repeat, ARE YOU SERIOUS?
            Rather claimed that the documents were authenticated, when NO such authentications were undertaken.AND there were document experts AT CBS who told Rather that the documents could be forgeries, BEFORE he reported on it. The documents were subsequently proven, by multiple forensic examiners, to be forgeries.
            Doesn’t matter if the documents had words on them which may or may not have been true statements: when Rather reported his “news” he had not proven ANYthing, he KNEW he had not proven anything, and yet he ran it ANYway.
            Shoddy journalism from a “network anchor” who was FINALLY shown as the joke he was
            .

          • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

            justMHO you have not kept up and I need to alert readers to you “straw man” argument here.

          • justIMHO May 16, 2013

            ??? Not kept up with WHAT?
            What are you calling a “straw man” argument?
            (would you like me to put this in symbolic logic for you? My graduate-level course was a few years ago, but I *do* remember how….)

      • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

        Actually Rachel Maddow seems to me the most prepared and accurate of all you named Ksera. She also quickly admits and corrects her very occasional errors.

        • ellis appling May 21, 2013

          ACtually MSNBC is the most opinionated and biased t.v. news station on t.v. today.

  • Terry Wagar December 12, 2010

    The Portland Police, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s, and

    the Portland FBI gave Eric Carlson and Joan Wagar

    permission to poison a plasma donor for life insurance

    money’s and they confessed at Clackamas Walmart, their

    place of employment that they killed a runaway, last name

    of runaway was Hunter, I don’t remember the first name

    but I got it on a audio recorder!

    Eric Carlson is almost a twin to Joan Wagar’s husband and

    Eric Carlson was having fun dressing like Terry Wagar

    while He molested children, He was having an affair with

    Joan Wagar at the time and everyone at Clackamas Walmart

    knew this and was hiding His employment there by calling

    Him by an alias!

  • Artemus May 8, 2011

    Now that it has been proven that the media can legally lie, nothing in the mainstream media can be believed.

  • Antranik May 11, 2011

    Well that is appalling that there is no law against the media lying. Yet im not so shocked at the same time because they are already so superficial and shallow in their coverage.

    • Java 1959 July 9, 2011

      Used to be a law.  Shortly after Reagan came in they got rid of it.  It required that on a show like “Hannity” the station put up letters at the beginning and after each commercial that everything on the show was the opinion of whoever’s show it was and not the stations.  Now they put him on and it looks like its news.  Also when news reports were broadcast from Cuba or Israel (both of which censor the news) it was required to have letters superimposed on the report stating that fact.  Now those news stories are simply presented without that explanation.  Stations were also required to provide equal time to both parties so the public  could hear both sides of an argument, and the interviewer actually asked pertinent questions.  That was done away with.  The excuse is that we have so much media now that its not necessary.  What difference does it make if most media is owned by the same small group of big investors?  Well you get the picture….

      • Slackhaus November 26, 2012

        It was not a law but it was an FCC regulation

    • Java 1959 July 9, 2011

      Used to be a law.  Shortly after Reagan came in they got rid of it.  It required that on a show like “Hannity” the station put up letters at the beginning and after each commercial that everything on the show was the opinion of whoever’s show it was and not the stations.  Now they put him on and it looks like its news.  Also when news reports were broadcast from Cuba or Israel (both of which censor the news) it was required to have letters superimposed on the report stating that fact.  Now those news stories are simply presented without that explanation.  Stations were also required to provide equal time to both parties so the public  could hear both sides of an argument, and the interviewer actually asked pertinent questions.  That was done away with.  The excuse is that we have so much media now that its not necessary.  What difference does it make if most media is owned by the same small group of big investors?  Well you get the picture….

    • Java 1959 July 9, 2011

      Used to be a law.  Shortly after Reagan came in they got rid of it.  It required that on a show like “Hannity” the station put up letters at the beginning and after each commercial that everything on the show was the opinion of whoever’s show it was and not the stations.  Now they put him on and it looks like its news.  Also when news reports were broadcast from Cuba or Israel (both of which censor the news) it was required to have letters superimposed on the report stating that fact.  Now those news stories are simply presented without that explanation.  Stations were also required to provide equal time to both parties so the public  could hear both sides of an argument, and the interviewer actually asked pertinent questions.  That was done away with.  The excuse is that we have so much media now that its not necessary.  What difference does it make if most media is owned by the same small group of big investors?  Well you get the picture….

    • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

      Florida courts have become unbalanced after decades of Republican dominance in the Legislature.

  • johnny May 23, 2011

    Why doesn’t MSNBC or CNN or someone report about this, if its all exactly how this article portrays it?? Somehow I don’t buy this story.

    • chris July 8, 2011

      thats because you watch FOX news

    • Guest July 8, 2011

      Because MSNBC and CNN are just as bad.

    • Ejchisholm July 8, 2011

      Well, the right have their stations, and the left have their stations, and both sides would love a court decision that lets them say whatever the hell they want, all the time, and pass it off as fact.

    • Lauriene Castoe July 16, 2011

      Because Fox and CNN lie to the public to appease their customers (corporations) as much as any other broadcast station.

  • Kiwigtp3 July 8, 2011

    This just makes me think that the decision for myself to not watch any news channels was a good one.  Personally, I have not had a news channel on for years and refuse to watch the liars.

    • Slartibartfast42 March 25, 2012

      I think that it would be better to watch multiple news networks with different biases in order to be able to sift through the bullshit and pick out the facts that are common to several different sources. Completely ignoring news sources can be equally harmful, as you lose a certain awareness of the world around you.

  • Artemis July 9, 2011

    Holy balls. That is messed up.

  • JohnQPublic July 9, 2011

    What is this “Fox News” of which you speak? Oh, wait:  is that the same Fox News that Mr. Jon Stewart is always rightfully bashing?  Well… this article makes sense to me now.  Yet, it is not enough to make me actually watch a so-called “news” program unless Mr. Jon Stewart is hosting.  Anyone who gets their news from Fox News or a similar outlet is clearly absent from reality and deserves Fox News. Keep it classy, Fox!  Well, while you all still have your jobs, that is.

    • Jsnforce July 9, 2011

      EVERY news channel/broadcast is lies.

      • desicant July 9, 2011

        I don’t think that word is as meaningless as you just made it.

    • Superstobie October 12, 2011

      careful John Stewart also apologized on air for incorrectly bashing fox which in turn makes him a liar as well.  I guess you should also target him for your witch hunt. and i hate to say it fox news is going to have there jobs for a long time. when you look at there rating and the shows they have, any other news outlet is a local news station in comparison.

      • The_Cat November 14, 2011

         And, how many times has Fox Propaganda apologized for their many many many lies, Superstobie?

      • Parkerp March 3, 2012

        1. Jon Stewart is not and does not claim to be real news
        2. He made a mistake and owned up to it. “Fair and Balanced” Fox claims to be real news and claim their news is accurate.

      • Slackhaus November 26, 2012

        A mistake is not a lie. And the fact that he corrected himself publicly and on air shows that he can be trusted. Show me where Fox has issued a retraction for one of their mistruths.

      • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

        He admitted an error? Doesn’t sound like FOX to me.

  • Iluvgunz0 July 9, 2011

    So is this report a lie, just like fox?

    • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

      Not everything on FOX is a lie but way more than is reasonable to expect is. Errors are not lies if admitted and owned up to.

  • Fox July 9, 2011

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  • Dominique Gray July 9, 2011

    I knew it..I stopped watching the news lately anyway. Every news, either bullshit, stupid or boring.

  • Dominique Gray July 9, 2011

    I knew it..I stopped watching the news lately anyway. Every news, either bullshit, stupid or boring.

  • Anonymous July 9, 2011

    This is Orwellian and horrifying.  The public good and the public interest and commons are being denied (not only the rights of such, but the mere EXISTENCE of the public sphere)  more and more, as private corporations take over with the help of their paid legislators and administrators.

  • Jkaufman80 July 12, 2011

    the Zionists have a grip around America’s throat..

    • Carl July 13, 2011

      Are you on drugs? how the heck did this become about the Jews  let me guess…it’s ALL about the Jews…everything…you see them in your dreams, coming for you….keep worrying about imaginary problems and ignoring the real ones. 

      • FreeMindFreePeople August 25, 2011

        There is no antisemitism in saying Zionism is controlling the media. There is A LOT of evidence that this is the case. I swear to you, I have witnessed it myself. In 06 I was visiting family in Lebanon but, this trip  was short lived after being woken up at 3am to the sound of shells hitting buildings. This is thanks to none other than Israel but, as soon as I came back to the US it was being blamed on Iran…This is only one example. Look up AIPAC and ‘Peace, Propaganda, and the Promiseland.’ It’ll explain the basics.

        • Javafutter September 27, 2011

          Isrealis have been woken at 3 am for decades with terrorists murdering innocent citizens. Zionism created Israel, the only democracy in the middle east and a staunch ally to the United States. Zionism also prevented another Holocaust. Or do you deny the Holocaust existed? I worked for that station as a journalist myself when all these things started happening. I am Jewish. In fact 6 Jews at the station were all fired within a year. Know your facts before you start preaching hatred.

          • Djamer38 October 5, 2011

            NO ONE IS INNOCENT!

          • Val Mercy April 8, 2012

            Why 3AM? Insomniac terrorist? 

    • Captain America May 8, 2012

      It may look that way… but it is really the Jesuits…!!!!  They are behind it all… they have infiltrated everything to gain total controle… and they get closer everyday…!! With the Rothschild’s [Red Shields] calling the shouts world wide…!!!!!

      Look it up for yourself, while you still can…!!!!!

    • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

      jkaufman GO AWAY please!

  • Brenda July 19, 2011

    Heard what’s happening with Murdoch lately, have you?

  • Dan manno August 13, 2011

    so this doesn’t have to be true?

  • Danmanno August 13, 2011

    Where are the sources for this article?

  • x account August 26, 2011

    Speak with your wallets. Refuse to watch Fox at all, not just the news. And if for some reason you do watch Fox, publicly boycott their sponsors. It’s easy to complain and wait for somebody else to fix it.

  • ninja August 28, 2011

    why dont u corrupt pussies come visit my house? assholes, where the fuck are the true american patriots? not fucking tools to an evergrowing and useless society who lives to serve government fucks who have their own agenda, u ass lickers make me sick.

  • Anonymous September 12, 2011

    They are just reporting from whichever angle they can get to stir up more fear, benefit the sponsors and gain notoriety. None of these “reporters” care what they are saying as long as it gets them more face time on t.v. and grind out a few more penny’s. Nobody gives a shit about their neighbors anymore. The “what have you done for ME lately” attitude is just another symptom of a failing society. Most people have known for a long time that Fox creates its news and a lot of people still buy what they are saying because “it’s the news”
    You will probably get more facts from the Onion News Network than most of the others.

  • Ces September 27, 2011

    Fuck. I don’t want to live on this planet any more.

    • Blah October 25, 2012

      Don’t worry. The rest of the world isn’t quite so screwed up. Just move somewhere else.

  • TITS September 30, 2011

    FAGBALLS.

  • Psysprouts October 10, 2011

    Occupy the corporation!

  • Superstobie2 October 12, 2011

    i guess the old saying goes if your boss tells you to do something and you want to keep your job, do it. Also I am not surprised you would be a fool to defy a god  without thought of retribution to there actions. these 2 reporters spit in gods eye and he blinked.

  • J2dove October 28, 2011

    What a misleading article.  You were obviously trying to slime the national Fox News when this is a story about local reporters who misbehaved.

    • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

      when Channel 13 in Tampa Bay was purchased by FOX many people there who could left for other employment. Hmmn, I wonder why?

  • Dbakeca Italia November 7, 2011

    The media always lies…more or less

  • Dbakeca Italia November 7, 2011

    The media always lies…more or less

  • Dbakeca Italia November 7, 2011

    The media always lies…more or less

  • Funny Jokey November 15, 2011

    what a bitter lie so carefully

  • Rybalaw December 2, 2011

    I understand Belo involvement on the side of Fox. After all one of their newspapers declared John F. Kennedy to be a communist and traitor worthy of death the day before he was murdered . I do not understand why Post Newsweek sided with Fox. Do not the editors and management of Post Newsweek understand that they will be living on Gitmo or in other military prisons the next time there is a GOP federal administration.  Rodger Ailes will decide which members of the liberal media will suffer that fate.  When Rush says you are the enemy, you better understand that you will be treated as such the minute they have the administration and both houses of congress. This is not something they use for southern redneck consumption and laugh about. They actually take this seriously, although back in the 1970s people like the Bushes didn’t. 

  • Rybalaw December 2, 2011

    I understand Belo involvement on the side of Fox. After all one of their newspapers declared John F. Kennedy to be a communist and traitor worthy of death the day before he was murdered . I do not understand why Post Newsweek sided with Fox. Do not the editors and management of Post Newsweek understand that they will be living on Gitmo or in other military prisons the next time there is a GOP federal administration.  Rodger Ailes will decide which members of the liberal media will suffer that fate.  When Rush says you are the enemy, you better understand that you will be treated as such the minute they have the administration and both houses of congress. This is not something they use for southern redneck consumption and laugh about. They actually take this seriously, although back in the 1970s people like the Bushes didn’t. 

  • Cilekes Editor February 1, 2012

    hey guy really so.
    the internet media is lie.
    but patlakhaber not lie..
    thank god article dostum.
    türklere selamlar patlakhabere bekleriz. :)

  • Ladybug2535 March 2, 2012

    True Democracy is based on freedom of the press.  If the press is not free to report unbiased investigative stories then the people will lack the information they need to make good decisions for the country.  A free press is vital to the health of our nation.  When corporations are capable of forcing journalists to alter their findings or outright lie then we no longer have a free press.  That my friends is called propoganda.

    • Ladybug2535 March 2, 2012

      And tyranny.

    • justIMHO March 12, 2013

      But “the press” is free to print whatever they want to – that IS the essence of a “free” press, right?
      If we want to get rid of biased reporting, we HAVE to start with the NYTimes and WashPost, right along with Fox…

  • Jo March 18, 2012

    this is a huge problem to us and we are in for it

    • Bill March 18, 2012

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  • Bill March 18, 2012

    da da da da

  • snowch March 19, 2012

    What the hell.i wish everyone knew about this !!!!!!this is shit when the end if days hapen if it does were doomed.they can lie tell there’s a tsunami coming down the road .and u have to get taken away by the water to know it was coming.not cool…..snoch805

  • Val Mercy April 8, 2012

    I hate my country. 

  • Jeff Maehr May 5, 2012

    A new suit should be brought against all the lame stream media for their part in perpetrating and supporting fraud, misleading the public for financial gain, racketeering and collusion and many more causes of action. 

  • Theceng July 31, 2012

    this is just plain sickening

  • Shiny things November 5, 2012

    Dan rather was fired for wanting to tell the real story about baby Bush going AWOL for months when he was in the NATO guard. Rather has a book out. Think I will red it now…..

  • bayhuntr February 3, 2013

    What Americans don’t understand and Fox news is pushing really hard is that there’s no difference between bias and propaganda. You can have a bias for chocolate but until you lie and cheat to get people to eat chocolate also it’s just a bias. Rachel Maddow admits to having a liberal bias, but she doesn’t make up lies to convince you to believe what she says. When news personalities make mistakes it’s usually to the benefit of their bias that’s only human. The propaganda we see on FOX News and Rush Limbaugh, is systematically designed to trick you into believing something that is not true. A good example was when Fox news continually repeated the claim that Obama took the work requirement out of welfare. The same claim was repeated hour after hour from show to show, it was clearly designed to mislead and truck people.
    It’s a false equivalency, to compare MSNBC to Fox news, yes MSNBC is biased liberal, but they are not a propaganda network. Since I’m concerned with the truth, if I found out that Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes we’re feeding me misinformation they would lose me as a viewer.

    • Caroline Evans May 15, 2013

      It is truly hilarious to read things like this comment.

      All this poster is saying is that s/he thinks those whose prejudices match his/hers are holy truth-tellers while anyone they disagree with must certainly be in league with Satan.

  • Caroline Evans May 15, 2013

    This article is pretty obviously written by someone who hasn’t clue one about the law or the issues in question in this case.

    This is too typical. We see people all revved up… and sometimes rightfully revved up… but who have not got a single idea what it is they are talking about.

    Their gut-level notion something is wrong might be vaguely correct but they have not done even the most basic research on the subject over which they are fired up.

    Assuming this article accurately reflects the case, which assumption is pretty doubtful: This court action is about employment law and wrongful termination and has zip, zero, nada to do with the factuality of news reporting nor Monsanto’s depredations nor BGH’s problems.

    • James Michael McDaniel May 17, 2013

      If the Court had found that there was a violation due to the station intentionally lying and requiring the reporters to lie then the termination of their employment would have been actionable. The determination may arguably be obiter dictum but it still opened the flood gates in approving lying by news sources. Not errors but knowing falsehoods!

  • James Michael McDaniel May 15, 2013

    Rather than an ad hoc attack on the author I’d be much more interested in the facts commentators believe negate the author’s statements &/or support their own.

  • Tom August 13, 2013

    Screw all your American news providers. They all suck!! So do most of the UK’s, they are all in the pockets of politicians. For the best, most impartial news, head over to Al Jazeera. They can blow some things out of proportion, but at least they report cold, hard news, not pathetic rubbish like what clothes Kim Kardashian is wearing today. I’m sorry to say, but a lot of what they report will shock and appall America. Your (and the UK’s) media censors so much of the news you receive, its a wonder you know anything about the rest of the world!

  • Dora Ayala Castro November 6, 2013

    Jane If you can lead the petition to amend the right to report honesty only news. It time to turn the world right side up again.

  • MelHaun Sr February 2, 2014

    FCC rules and regulations were purposefully changed during the Reagan admin. This particular aspect is only a minor part of those changes. Those changes allowed 5 or 6 rich dudes or conglomerates to buy up the more than 50 media that existed in the 80’s, among other significant changes which weakened any possible implementation of those rules that remained.

  • Barbara Marden February 3, 2014

    Our Constitution is being distorted, twisted, bastaridized -The first amendment as well as others are being gutted and made meaningless. This president was touted as a “constitutional scholar”. The meaning of that appellation has been made laughable.

  • Donald Keller September 11, 2014

    Holy crap guys. Politifact already proved this whole thing to be false. Stay up-to-date…

  • Jeremy Hubbard September 15, 2014

    In order to avoid paying a settlement the idiots at Fox actually admitted they lie about their news reporting.

  • Patricia Knudsen October 4, 2014

    I cancelled my TV, home phone and only read non-fiction from trusted sources.

    The solution is simple. Boycott mainstream media and encourage all humans to do the same. When we pull our money from something, the thing dies.

    What is keeping these major media conglomerates alive? Stop feeding the beast with our energy on all levels.

    Boycotts work every time.

    Jane and Steve, you will prevail. As a person who has spent down virtually all of my money and no equity in my home, I have never felt more free. Those responsible for harming us with lies and taking it to such a level are already being eaten alive, consumed from inside out … happens every time, and as it should be. All comes full circle.

  • David Nesting October 4, 2014

    It should not be surprising that media companies would be nervous about a finding that they’re not allowed to “distort” the news, not because they want to be able to lie, but because this puts them in the crosshairs of anyone that disagrees with something they’ve reported. Many news stories could be reported entirely truthfully and faithfully, but someone could reasonably feel that the reporting was distorted or slanted, especially on controversial topics. This would open the door for an endless barrage of lawsuits ostensibly to keep media companies truthful, but sometimes “truth” is itself a matter of opinion. We need less frivolous lawsuits. I don’t know how to deal with blatant behavior like what Fox apparently did here without opening the door to abuse of the system .

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