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scarytomcat

(1,706 posts)
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:51 AM Jul 2020

Who is responsible when wrong information is put out to people?

Does it now fall on us to check everything for ourselves if we could even do that.
Is facebook responsible when inaccurate information is put out on their wire?
Twitter?
How about faux news? The evening news? Senators? Governors? Government workers?
Who will take responsibility? People are dying because they got bad information and continue to believe fake news, real false news. This has to stop.

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soothsayer

(38,601 posts)
1. Well there was this case against Fox News
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:02 AM
Jul 2020
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/499793-judge-tosses-covid-19-coverage-lawsuit-against-fox-new

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A Seattle judge threw out a lawsuit by a little-known watchdog group targeting Fox News for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE) on April 2 in King County Superior Court, argued that the network had disseminated false information about COVID-19, a charge the network vehemently pushed back on.

Superior Court Judge Brian McDonald called the lawsuit "laudable" but ultimately moved to toss it out, stating that "if there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
2. Our First Amendment is a double-edged sword.
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:03 AM
Jul 2020

You are free to lie in the United States of America. It would take a Constitutional amendment to change that.

-Laelth

scarytomcat

(1,706 posts)
4. If a news organization continually puts wrong stuff out
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:25 AM
Jul 2020

they should lose their viewers and revenue stream but who will hold them to account? The (a)judge should shut them down because they are a public danger. Government officials need to be accurate and quickly correct any misstatements. When presidents say anything that comes into their heads with regard to truth, the effects can be huge.
We have a giant problem.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
5. Lots of people WANT to be lied to.
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:40 AM
Jul 2020

In our capitalist system, if there’s demand, someone is going to meet it ... Fox, hate radio, etc.

Again, only a Constitutional amendment could alter this dynamic.

-Laelth

Victor_c3

(3,557 posts)
3. We need to reintroduce the Fairness Doctrine
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:04 AM
Jul 2020

Regaen (however you spell his name) revoked it in 1987, but it stated that both sides of an issue needed to be presented in a fair way as per the judgement of the FCC in order to hold a broadcast license.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCC_fairness_doctrine

Victor_c3

(3,557 posts)
13. But it would absolutely tear down fox news
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:23 PM
Jul 2020

That’s the biggest outlet of misinformation there is. Trump and bush-43 would never have been elected had it not been for fox.

The right wasn’t nearly as frothing at the mouth crazy when the fairness doctrine existed.

It’d be hard for arguments on topics like the anti-vaccine movement and global warming not being caused by humans to have any teeth when they are followed by the brief fact that there is no scientific proof proving them.

In general, I happen to believe the stances I take on issues hold more merit than the other side when they are both covered side by side and fairly. We need to have more faith that the path we follow is the best path for the country.

dreamland

(964 posts)
6. News outlets used to put out retractions in wrongful reporting
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 08:48 AM
Jul 2020

But since the Rump administration they don't feel it necessary to report accuracy nor report truthfully all sides.

Mariana

(14,811 posts)
9. That's because their readers/listeners/viewers valued accuracy.
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 09:15 AM
Jul 2020

The Fox News audience doesn't want accuracy, they want the shows to denigrate Democrats and to promote and praise Trump. So, that's what Fox News gives them.

scarytomcat

(1,706 posts)
12. We really can't have a democracy without the press being reliable
Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:08 AM
Jul 2020

the honor system is not working
time some truth speak by someone
come on
we need more voices on the networks telling us the truth
we need some hard lessons

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