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DGA Files Complaint Against Fox News For Illegal Contribution To GOP Candidate

Broadcast networks have obligations under the “public interest, convenience and necessity” doctrine that include journalistic integrity in the news. This comes with the license for using the public airwaves. Cable networks are not bound by the same doctrine because they do not broadcast over the air.

As far as I can tell, the “Fox News” logo flashes on screen during all the Fox political opinion shows, including “The O’Reilly Factor”.

While I think that the Fox News Network is a mockery of broadcast journalism, I think this complaint is a little thin. Now that I have looked deeper, this was as much a fundraiser as an interview – and that’s just plain wrong. Soliciting funds has nothing to do with journalism, and the Fox viewers need that made clear to them.

Displaying a URL follows directly from displaying telephone numbers, and should be judged accordingly. The national culture is shifting to the presumption that everyone has access to the Internet, which is still a disenfranchising attitude toward those who don’t. But it is cost-effective.

I am more also concerned with their misuse of the news logo on the opinion shows, and a market-driven news model that panders to the views of the audience instead of informing them.

Democracy depends on a well-informed public, and market-driven news fails to support that.

Democracy is one thing that cannot be privatized.



Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


September 3, 2010 - Posted by | Campaign Finance, Elections, Regulation | , , , ,

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