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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.
(from the Huffington Post) A clip from Your World With Neil Cavuto raises many troubling questions. Questions like: what is a serious news show doing interviewing The Apprentice contestant Omarosa, circa 2008? Why is Neil Cavuto pretending she is an authority
Sign our petition to create a News Quality Rating System.
Florida Reporters Win Trial Over Fox TV and Monsanto Suppression of rBGH Story (and lose the case later)
Florida Reporters Awarded $500,000 in Damages after FOX TV Caved into Monsanto and Killed an Investigative Series on the controversial recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)
AGRIBUSINESS EXAMINER EXTRA August 21, 2000 A.V. Krebs, Editor\Publisher Monitoring the activities of corporate agribusiness from a public interest perspective
Florida Jury Concludes: FOX PRESSURED AKRE\WILSON TO BROADCAST "FALSE, DISTORTED OR SLANTED NEWS REPORT" TERMINATED AKRE AWARDED $450,000 DAMAGES
By Steve Wilson
TAMPA (August 18) After listening to all the evidence for five full weeks and deliberating more than six hours, a state court jury has agreed with what fired journalists Steve Wilson and Jane Akre said long ago: FOX Television pressured them to broadcast a false, distorted or slanted news report.
The jury awarded $425,000 in damages after finding the evidence proved that FOX took retaliatory personnel action against Akre because she threatened to blow the whistle to the Federal Communications Commission.
Arthur Bergman at O’Reilly Radar has the lowdown on some changes Fox News has been making to the Wikipedia entries of their critics and competition (like Al Franken) which were traced back to a Fox News IP address.
a selected comment from O'Reilly radar points out the following evidence:
cyboman [08.14.07 08:53 AM]
As far as I can tell Fox is a propaganda outlet [pause for gasps]. For what its worth you can see everything that user has done by going here in case you weren't aware.
So we provide this information for your amusement and to let you know a bit about how the opposition is positioned.
Is Abrams, in reading the current trend in journalism, in essence opening a talent agency to sell friendly trustworthy news personalities, to the highest bidders, to act as spokespersons for corporate interests on news programs? If so this is an alarming development for the field of journalism. If you don't believe that this is possible, read their "Mission Statement".
Abrams Research: Dan Abrams Launches Media Strategy Firm (excerpt from Huffington Post article)
Working on media strategies with businesses could raise ethical red flags for journalists who were required to be detached and objective about the subjects they covered. Mr. Abrams said the company would "bend over backwards to make sure that there are no conflicts or ethical issues that arise."
He said he planned to broaden the network of experts beyond traditional journalists, employing media analysts, bloggers and others who might not operate under such stringent rules. He said he was especially interested in connecting bloggers with businesses that had trouble dealing with online media.
What is “yellow journalism”?
Yellow journalism is journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists.