FOX Wins Right to Lie
This speaks for itself: Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie
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.
If you're like me, you're thinking "What the hell is the Sierra Times
?" and "Why can't I find this in a more trustworthy source?". I found this official site for the FOX wants "right to lie" case
. There are tons of links to explore, and phone numbers if you want to see for yourself. And remember, lying is not against the law, just against FCC policy. So write the FCC
and ask when FOX is getting their license revoked.
I wrote to Eugene Volokh
, because I respect his opinion on matters such as this. He read the case and says: "it's an employment dispute about when a particular state whistleblower protection statute can be invoked." I interpret that as dismissing the case as an example of a court granting the right to lie. I pass this on, because all of the information above comes from dicey sources. It makes for a funny headline though, and the FCC is still worth harassing.