No Canadian License For Faux News Liars

  • Webster666

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    Jul 31, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    By Nick Hathaway – roguemedia.org

    “Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canada regulators announced they would reject efforts by Canada’s right wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news. Canada’s Radio Act requires that ‘a licenser may not broadcast….any false or misleading news.’ The provision has kept Fox ‘news’ and right wing talk radio out of Canada” -Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – Huffington Post
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    Jul 31, 2012 7:20 AM GMT
    How refreshing!

    What a shame that our news media aren't barred from lying to the American people.

    American citizens should have the right to completely free speech - but news outlets should be obligated to tell the truth.

    Unfortunately the American people aren't protected from the kind of lying that goes on on Fox "News" on a regular basis.

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    Jul 31, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    lol the source is the Schluffington Post
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    Jul 31, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
    here's the tl;dr

    USA: Say what you want, let the courts settle it out. Onus is more on plaintiffs to dispute veracity in a court of law; content is definitely distributed "caveat emptor"

    Canada: Onus is on the broadcaster to maintain some form of veracity. Plaintiffs have multiple roads to correct behaviour of a broadcaster outside of the judicial system if they do not live up to their mandate.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    Well that would kinda make it official, what reasonable people in the US have known for years: that Fox News outright lies. As will now be formally established by a sovereign country, not by the US Right Wing, which has its own issues with the truth.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 31, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Such a law in America would put every American broadcast network out of business.
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    Jul 31, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    Thank the gods.
    Stephen Harper is only right-wing by Canada's standards, he's downright commie by American ones and I like it that way.
  • creature

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    Jul 31, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    Why would the Prime Minister want to repeal a law prohibiting lying on broadcast news? Such a douche move.