Reply to: Petition from Fired Fox Journalists
Now Akre and Wilson are petitioning the Federal Communications Commision to reject the station's request for license renewal on grounds that it is not operating in the public interest.
I wonder if that's really a good idea. While it's true that the FCC has a policy (but not a "rule," which is the distinction the appeals case turned on) against "news distortion," it's never really been enforced because of First Amendment considerations.
Do we really want to open the Pandora's Box of the FCC determining whether a story is "distorted?" If a real hard-hitting story were broadcast, I can imagine Monsanto (or more likely an astroturf front group acting on it's behalf) turning the tables to quash such reporting. Remember Food Lion and ABC?
(BTW, for the sake of clarity, while they were indeed ordered to insert falsehoods, I don't believe Akre and Wilson's story ever actually aired.)
Reply to: Republicans 'Outorganized and Outthought' Democrats
False and hurtful material such as the Swift Boat crap and the flip-flop accusations and the purple heart bandaids clearly hurt Kerry and "helped" Shrub. Even worse was the second stealing of a national election. I don't know if people were paid, but I believe that, just as in the Ukraine, the exit polls in six states were not wrong, the votes were stolen.
Reply to: Milloy Blames Environmentalists First
In addition to Milloy, several other authors misrepresent the article in The Independent to wrongfully bash environmentalists. These include the Wall Street Journal and a press release by global-change skeptic Pat Michaels. Links to these are on my blog and blog comments below. Stephen C. Nodvin, Ph.D. http://blog.nodvin.net/index.php?p=66
Reply to: Norquist Dreams of Twelve More Years
If this spawn of satan had his way there would be no middle class in America. I don't know how anyone could possibly vote for these proposals when the net effect is to ship your job and to China. As a union member I am absolutely appalled by the efforts of the right wing to muzzle workers.
Reply to: Thanks for the (False) Memories: the 2004 Falsies Awards
Fantastic idea, Laura. It's quite amazing to see it all pulled together in one list.