Boy, that’s the pot calling the kettle biased

Fair & Balanced graphic used in 2005
Fair & Balanced graphic used in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, FoxNews is all up in arms about the “liberal media bias” in this election cycle. I guess they aren’t hearing what many on the right are saying as well.

Odd… because in 2003, Fox News Corp. won a lawsuit filed by a former employee, Jane Akre, claiming that the FCC policy that news cannot be made up is not really a law or regulation.

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.”

In other words… Fox News went to court and admitted that they have the right to lie, and then to present that lie as real news. Real News.

REAL STINKING NEWS!

So, when you hear about the “liberal media bias” – just remember, Fox News said it was okay to not just be biased, not to present lies as news.

By the way, many in the conservative press criticized Romney’s campaign – not just the liberals.

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