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Is it a violation of the FCC rules for the TV Media to knowingly falsify a news report. And if so what rule is that? Thank you

The Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and provided the basis for how it works. It is a violation of the Act for broadcast media to knowingly falsify a news report. The FCC may penalize broadcasters for doing so.

However, another important goal of the Act was to protect free speech. So, the FCC must have real proof that the broadcaster lied on purpose before it can take action. An example of this kind of evidence might be sworn testimony from “insiders” with direct personal knowledge of an intentional falsification of the news. That’s a high bar, but Congress’s intention was to make it very hard for the government to intimidate or control broadcasters.

Learn more about how the FCC works to balance free speech and regulations or file a complaint against a broadcaster.

Ask usagov a question #communications #laws

USA.gov’s tumblr addresses a GREAT freaking question (here)… for some reason, it’s not rebloggable - So I just copy/pasted it.

Now, it’d be interesting to look at our current rules, compare them to former legislation (like the “fairness doctrine”), and to perhaps consider other ways of evaluating ill intent - or ill consequence - by news corporations (e.g. that their viewers are somehow much more ignorant of certain topics than the rest of the news). Maybe News Corporations could be graded by taking those evaluations into consideration. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a “B” or “A+” or “D” when certain news shows start-up, which would inform viewers to be wary of its objectivity and accuracy?

I wonder if any News Corporations come to mind…

Oh, and let’s fix that reblog glitch by reblogging the hell out of this. Let’s raise this issue - cause there’s no reason why people shouldn’t discuss how to improve the accuracy of information fed to the public as “fair and balanced” news.


Screengrab via the flag-waving Fox Nation

SFist’s photos of a messier-than-usualaftermath at Fort Mason last Saturday got the right wingers frothing at the mouth, apparently. After the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, conservative bloggers from the Gateway Pundit and Fox Nation seized the opportunity to repurpose a couple photos along with an entirely fabricated story pinning the blame on Earth Day partiers and “Green Activists.” Here’s how the story appeared on Fox Nation:

Green Activists Trash Park on Earth Day

Happy Earthday everybody! This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying ….CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

The click-through link leads you right to our original post. In case you were wondering where the scores of Tea Party commenterscame from. Meanwhile, over at Gateway Pundit, they’ve got even more headshaking for San Francisco, which if these folks are to be believed is a city 100% composed of irresponsible and hypocritical Green Activists (emphasis, theirs):

It Figures… Green Activists Completely Trash Park on Earth Day

Leftists will be leftists…
It doesn’t matter if they’re at an inauguration or an annual event praising Mom Earth, they will trash the place and expect YOU to pick up after them.

And this was on Earth Day. Unreal.

To set the record straight here, the people partying on Fort Mason Green last Saturday would hardly identify themselves as part of any particular group that promoted anything other than getting drunk on cheap beer. There was no organized Earth Day celebration, and (perhaps more to the point) the partying occurred on April 21st. Which would be the day before Earth Day, for those keeping score at home.

This kind of blatant fabrication has become something of a trademark move for Fox News and News Corp in general, who seem to base much of their reporting on making outrageous claims and hoping no one calls them out on it. Why, just this morning Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy admitted that he made up part of an Obama quote, so it would sound like a dig at Mitt Romney. And climate scientists recently called out the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal for printing BS about global warming.

Anyhow, should readers find themselves in need of a wildly incorrect interpretation of Saturday’s park mess, you can find it right here in Fox Nation’s “Culture” section. Stuck between alarmist reports of Mad Cow Disease in California, Victoria’s Secret photo shoots, and a picture of the “World’s Perfect Face.” [Spoiler Alert: It’s a white person!]


fox news / newscorp twisting facts and fabricating stories? Noooooo way.

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

The president’s liberal friends in Hollywood [are] targeting a younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children.

Fox News’ Lou Dobbs, on the movie version of Dr. Suess’ The Lorax

I am 99.9999% sure that when Theodor Suess Gisel wrote The Lorax in 1971 he thought, “This will be really wonderful propaganda in the event that we eventually have a black president and he and his liberal friends are inspired to use it as anti-capitalist, Occupy Wall Street material!” and not “Look, a fun, colorful book about caring for the Earth and being a good person!” Pretty positive.

(via reallyfoxnews)

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News story of the day. 

Note - This article uses the term “illegal,” with which I take much issue.

It seems this story still needs confirmation. That said, I would not at all be surprised to find out it’s true. And while in some ways not as big of a deal as the Anthony Wiener scandal, in some ways more-so. I mean, he’s an immigration “expert” threatening an ex-lover with deportation. That’s pretty messed up in a whole bunch of ways.

At at minimum, at least Fox will probably stop asking for his ‘expert’ opinion. 

"Obama didn’t really want to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden" - Fox Logic. (Faux-Logic?)

It’s almost comical watching Fox “news”. It’s like Dwight from the Office, or any other character that is just insane but makes for comedy relief.

Sadly, though, this is actually one of most respected news sources in the country. Think about that.

le sigh.

Fox News host Sean Hannity told guest Frank Luntz that Osama Bin Laden would still be alive if President Obama ‘had his way’. Did Sean miss the part where Obama had Navy Seals kill Bin Laden? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.


Part of the problem with many news outlets is that they don’t provide enough context for stories, either about the issue or the historical context. This can be a major problem, especially when the development - and followup - of a story is critical.

And, of course, Fox “News” is a perfect example.

This video by LiberalViewer, one of my favorite news sources, does a good job showing how, over the course of a few years, Fox seriously misled the public about what the ACLU and others were doing. In fact, instead of giving credit where it was due, they basically harassed and smeared those people.

O’Reilly used the word “despicable” in his report. I’d use it here too.

Lies from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin were exposed last week when a US Department of Justice investigation cleared of any wrongdoing the lawyers for the John Adams Project who represent prisoners at Guantanamo, even though O’Reilly had claimed those lawyers were “putting CIA agents in direct danger” and Malkin claimed they were “caught red-handed blowing the cover of CIA operatives,” as I show in this video.

P.s. With the interwebz, there’s no excuse for not researching a story, and no excuse for not offering your viewers more info and context on a story. 

Detention Without Trial Now In US Law?

When the US Congress included a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows indefinite dentition without trial, even of US citizens arrested on American soil, the coverage of the issue on Fox News was nearly nonexistent, especially compared to the much more informative coverage on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” the same day, as I show in this video.

Tell President Obama to Veto Indefinite Detention at http://bit.ly/ACLUNDAA

Somehow this bill gets even more infuriariting the more I think about it. It’s about as un-American as it gets. Think about it: Indefinite detention without trial! For any American just suspected of involvement with “terrorist” groups.

Honestly, doesn’t this sound like it’s from 1984? I’m not being hyperbolic.


A new survey of New Jersey voters comes to a provocative conclusion: Fox News viewers tend to be less informed about current events than those who don’t watch any news at all.

Photo: Sean Hannity talks to the audience during the taping of his Fox News show recently. Credit: John Amis / Associated Press

Honestly, I’m not even sure if I’m surprised.


“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” Bill O’Reilly said tonight, discussing the appalling use of pepper spray by UC Davis police on Friday. No, God forbid we Monday-morning quarterback the police, especially, as O’Reilly continued, “at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.”

Indeed: what right do we have to think that Lt. John Pike should probably not have indifferently dusted peacefully sitting protesters with pepper spray from only a few feet away? And, gosh, even if we were going to Monday-morning quarterback the police, shouldn’t we remember, as Megyn Kelly tells O’Reilly, that pepper spray is “a food product, essentially”? I mean, Kelly and O’Reilly aren’t saying the cops did the right thing! God, no! They’re just saying, hey, what right do we have to judge a cop for spraying a simple food product on a bunch of liberal college kids’ faces?


A food product.  



I’d like to see Buffalo Bill just try to eat some of that pepper spray, let alone take a round in the face… but seriously, I’d like to see that.

(via stfuconservatives)

In researching Fox “news”, I stumbled on this guy’s youtube page (here). And it’s pretty damn awesome. Here’s a fairly typical clip, though I’ve also seen some truly epic ones as well. This is definitely going to be part of my regular news cycle.