fox wins legal claim of right to lie
How charming: A journalist sued her employer, Fox Television, claiming they wrongfully fired her when she refused to broadcast a story she knew to be, and could prove was, false. Lawyers for Fox appealed; they didn't contest that the journalist was pressured to air a false story, but instead that FCC guidelines against deliberate media distortion are not binding rules and that the First Amendment "gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves." In February, an appeals court sided with Fox, ruling that "the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a "policy," not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation" tossing out a US$425,000 verdict in favor of the journalist.
(via Body and Soul)