New Obama Executive Order

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  1. carcass

  2. Tues

    112 degrees in Arizona doesn't feel too bad lately....
  3. Mikieb

  4. thegrau

    Nothing surprises me with Obamalamadingdong anymore.
  5. Zombie

    I was out at Havasu for the last week and really hated to have to come back to Cali.
  6. prolinegd

    I've had about all I can take with this lunatic.
  7. Saluki

  8. Crashmister

    Did anyone fact check this? Not that faux news lies, but Faux news lies! Always has.

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    By Mike Gaddy
    Writer for ​

    <hr align="center" width="65%" noShade="">In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.
    Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox &#8220;Investigators&#8221; team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997 the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise.
    According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox's actions to the FCC, they were both fired.(Project Censored #12 1997)
    Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station and on August 18, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre was wrongfully fired by Fox Television when she refused to broadcast (in the jury's words) &#8220;a false, distorted or slanted story&#8221; about the widespread use of BGH in dairy cows. They further maintained that she deserved protection under Florida's whistle blower law. Akre was awarded a $425,000 settlement. Inexplicably, however, the court decided that Steve Wilson, her partner in the case, was ruled not wronged by the same actions taken by FOX.
    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&#8217;s threat to report the station&#8217;s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida&#8217;s whistle blower statute, because Florida&#8217;s whistle blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted &#8220;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&#8217;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, &#8220;It&#8217;s vindication for WTVT, and we&#8217;re very pleased&#8230; It&#8217;s the case we&#8217;ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.&#8221;
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    UPDATE BY LIANE CASTEN: If we needed any more proof that we now live in an upside down world, the saga of Jane Akre, along with her husband, Steve Wilson, could not be more compelling.
    Akre and Wilson won the first legal round. Akre was awarded $425,000 in a jury trial with well-crafted arguments for their wrongful termination as whistleblowers. And in the process, they also won the prestigious &#8220;Goldman Environmental&#8221; prize for their outstanding efforts. However, FOX turned around and appealed the verdict. This time, FOX won; the original verdict was overturned in the Appellate Court of Florida&#8217;s Second District. The court implied there was no restriction against distorting the truth. Technically, there was no violation of the news distortion because the FCC&#8217;s policy of news distortion does not have the weight of the law. Thus, said the court, Akre-Wilson never qualified as whistleblowers.
    What is more appalling are the five major media outlets that filed briefs of Amici Curiae- or friend of FOX &#8211; to support FOX&#8217;s position: Belo Corporation, Cox Television, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., Media General Operations, Inc., and Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. These are major media players! Their statement, &#8220;The station argued that it simply wanted to ensure that a news story about a scientific controversy regarding a commercial product was present with fairness and balance, and to ensure that it had a sound defense to any potential defamation claim.&#8221;
    &#8220;Fairness and balance?&#8221; Monsanto hardly demonstrated &#8220;fairness and balance&#8221; when it threatened a lawsuit and demanded the elimination of important, verifiable information!
    The Amici position was &#8220;If upheld by this court, the decision would convert personnel actions arising from disagreements over editorial policy into litigation battles in which state courts would interpret and apply federal policies that raise significant and delicate constitutional and statutory issues.&#8221; After all, Amici argued, 40 states now have Whistleblower laws, imagine what would happen if employees in those 40 states followed the same course of action?
    The position implies that First Amendment rights belong to the employers &#8211; in this case the five power media groups. And when convenient, the First Amendment becomes a broad shield to hide behind. Let&#8217;s not forget, however; the airwaves belong to the people. Is there no public interest left&#8212;while these media giants make their private fortunes using the public airwaves? Can corporations have the power to influence the media reporting, even at the expense of the truth? Apparently so.
    In addition, the five &#8220;friends&#8221; referred to FCC policies. The five admit they are &#8220;vitally interested in the outcome of this appeal, which will determine the extent to which state whistleblower laws may incorporate federal policies that touch on sensitive questions of editorial judgment.&#8221;
    Anyone concerned with media must hear the alarm bells. The Bush FCC, under Michael Powell&#8217;s leadership, has shown repeatedly that greater media consolidation is encouraged, that liars like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are perfectly acceptable, that to refer to the FCC interpretation of &#8220;editorial judgment&#8221; is to potentially throw out any pretense at editorial accuracy if the &#8220;accuracy&#8221; harms a large corporation and its bottom line. This is our &#8220;Brave New Media&#8221;, the corporate media that protects its friends and now lies, unchallenged if need be.
    The next assault: the Fox station then filed a series of motions in a Tampa Circuit Court seeking more than $1.7 million in trial fees and costs from both Akre and Wilson. The motions were filed on March 30 and April 16 by Fox attorney, William McDaniels&#8212;who bills his client at $525 to $550 an hour. The costs are to cover legal fees and trial costs incurred by FOX in defending itself at the first trial. The issue may be heard by the original trial judge, Ralph Steinberg&#8212;a logical step in the whole process. However, Judge Steinberg must come out of retirement if he is to hear this, so the hearing, set for June 1, may go to a new judge, Judge Maye.
    Akre and her husband feel the stress. &#8220;There is no justification for the five stations not to support us,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Attaching legal fees to whistleblowers is unprecedented, absurd. The &#8216;business&#8217; of broadcasting trumps it all. These news organizations must ensure they are worthy of the public trust while they use OUR airwaves, free of charge. Public trust is alarmingly absent here.&#8221;
    Indeed. This is what our corporate media, led by such as Rupert Murdoch, have come to. How low we have fallen.

  9. thegrau

    Did anyone fact check this? Not that faux news lies, but Faux news lies! Always has.

    Fox is just trying to keep up with MSNBC and their fancy editing.
  10. conchydong

  11. Marcus

    It's an editorial written by the other side of the fence.

    I'll wait until someone less biased does a write up.
  12. Tues

    Marcus needs a raise....
  13. wils

    its easy to google it and read it for yourself. it is written in typical politically ambiguous fashion. it can either be implemented realistically or in an extremely whacked-out manner...depending on who is sitting in "the chair" and their specific agenda.
    of course fox news went with the extreme interpretation....
  14. kelppaddydaddy

    At least a Executive Order can be overturned by a newly elected president.
  15. DoubletroubleII

    I hate to say it but FOX news is just about a tainted as the rest......remember it is election time....and all politicians are perfect within their own party.

    Oh! the way my comments are not to be construed with political comment as mandated by the bylaws of BD and all other affiliated entities involved or affiliated with BD Inc.
  16. carcass

    But there has been a lot of whacked out decisions lately hasn't there? Like it or not this administration strongly tilts in a manner that favors the environmental loons. As pointed out, this can be interpreted in a couple ways, and we have seen some other actions move strongly to the left.

    Of course a grain of salt can be taken with this, but it doesn't remove the strong possibility of government abuse
  17. Sea Esta

    Yeh me too, like & Huffington Post.
  18. Tunahead

    Looks like a crock to me, there's nothing in writing that states closures
    or regulations of any kind whatsoever. If we're going to have a bunch of
    useless regulatory agencies get the heave, what's wrong with one that
    among other things, checks the shit and toxins that flow from farms,
    rivers and streams for 100's of miles into our oceans? Hell might be good?
    I don't see why we can't drill offshore, where it's safe to do so, not just
    any damn place they feel like there's oil. The gulf got their wake up call!!!

    YAWN, just sayin. Frankly, I've seen way to many Obama blame BS stories
    to choke a horse lately, OC Register, Fox News all the rest. I'm with
    Marcus and Roy, lets see the real facts beyond the bullshit biased story??

    No wonder
    I leave land and go fishing.
  19. Lone Shark

    Feels like something I can't say on the internet.....lets just say America is not as free as when I grew up and learned how great it was to be born in the Usa :(.... Dear Lord somebody fix the tyranny!!
  20. Saluki

    Fixed it for you. :D