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It should be noted that this is a simplistic presentation of the facts of this case, but these are the facts nonetheless. It should be further noted that Fox should not be singled out in this case, as numerous other broadcast corporations joined in the case in order to support Fox's right to determine news programming as if a mere matter of freedom of  speech.

I believe this is also a perfect example of the problem with the Rule of Law, which has become the rules of loopholes.

I don't believe the Sierra Times is on line anymore.

Original url: http://www.sierratimes.com/03/02/28/arpubmg022803.htm
  Published: March 1, 2003 Sierra Times by Mike Gaddy
 

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.

2003 SierraTimes.com

[Editor's Note: This case was also joined by companies like Belo and Viacom. This case dirctly involved a station in Florida, not Fox News on Cable, but still of the Fox family]

 

 

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