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    The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, 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 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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    In unrelated news, MSNBC held a party to celebrate the ruling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathandiehl View Post
    In unrelated news, MSNBC held a party to celebrate the ruling.
    Oh, I see, when was MSNBC sued for distorting the news?
    thanks in advance.

    "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."

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    Do you have a link to the original court ruling anywhere? I'd be interested in seeing the original wording as opposed to someone's spin on it.

    Libel laws are pretty broad in order to protect freedom of the press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_t View Post
    Do you have a link to the original court ruling anywhere? I'd be interested in seeing the original wording as opposed to someone's spin on it.

    Libel laws are pretty broad in order to protect freedom of the press.
    you'll have to find it from the article i posted.

    Honestly have you ever watched Fox?
    Did you hear them lie over and over about 2 million people at the teabagging party last saturday??

    The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, 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 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. how

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    Jane Akre
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    Jane Akre and her husband Steve Wilson are former employees of Fox owned-and-operated station WTVT in Tampa, Florida.

    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]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre

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    HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK! It's raining!
    (tinkle tinkle tinkle.....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Douglas View Post
    HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK! It's raining!
    (tinkle tinkle tinkle.....)
    B-b-b-but i heard last night on Glenn Beck......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Douglas View Post
    HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK! It's raining!
    (tinkle tinkle tinkle.....)
    Your boots gettin wet Oliver?
    coming to you live from police state "Kville"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBoy44 View Post
    B-b-b-but i heard last night on Glenn Beck......
    That actually WAS my Glenn Beck impersonation. Funny how many people in the US apparently like wet smelly shoes.
    For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it. - Patrick Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue adept View Post
    Your boots gettin wet Oliver?
    I never watch FOX without galoshes.
    For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it. - Patrick Henry

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue adept View Post
    Your boots gettin wet Oliver?
    2 million people at the teabag parties. I heard it from the University of "i don't remember".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1YBqpk69s0

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBoy44 View Post
    Honestly have you ever watched Fox?
    Not recently. We don't get cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Douglas View Post
    I never watch FOX without galoshes.
    Yellow rain or yellow snow, it's all the same!
    coming to you live from police state "Kville"

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