May 6, 2017

Saturday Data: REAL Fake News, and Fake Fake News.

CBS This Morning is part of the plot of the CBS Drama Veep.

On Monday the two world---Real News and Fake News will coexist. Sorta.

TVNewser has the story HERE.


Alabama News Network's Andrew James produced a story about "fake news" this week.
You can watch it HERE.


From a CNN story with this headline:

Why CNN refused to air Trump’s new ad targeting ‘fake news’

In a self-congratulatory ad marking his first 100 days in office, President Trump labels major television networks “fake news.” So CNN is refused to sell the president airtime for the commercial.
“CNN requested that the advertiser remove the false graphic that the mainstream media is 'fake news,'” the cable channel said in a statement. “The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false and per policy will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted.”

Watch the Trum re-election ad mentioned in the CNN story HERE.

Will the broadcast networks also say no? The FCC has ruled that they can NOT reject political ads, virtually without exception.


The FCC does not specifically require stations to investigate the truth or falsity of claims made in political ads. And federal law prohibits station censorship of ads by legally qualified candidates, but not ads by PACS, issue advertisers or other non-candidates. Ads by them can be refused, pulled or the station can require the advertiser to revise the ad.
The FCC has a long history of expecting stations, as part of their overall obligation to operate in the public interest, to avoid knowingly airing false claims in commercial advertising. That principle spills over to political ads, at least by noncandidates when a station has been made aware of the alleged falsity.
There can also be potential liability for money damages, cease and desist orders, libel and slander, and the bother and expense of answering a complaint filed in court or at the FCC, by a candidate who claims to be the victim of false statements broadcast in noncandidate political ads.
If a station gets a complaint that an ad statement is false, it may be advisable to investigate whether the claim is accurate. If the station investigation determines that the ad by a non-candidate is false, pulling the ad and/or requiring the advertiser to revise it may be advisable. Ads or paid programs by legally qualified candidates that contain “uses” – defined as any positive appearance of a candidate whose voice or likeness is either identified or is readily identifiable -- may not be censored by stations, and stations cannot be held liable for defamation that occurs in them. This no-censorship/no liability restriction does not apply to ads by Super PACs and other non-candidates. Advice of counsel on this type of problem is often recommended.

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