Should Fines Be Imposed on Anyone Who Makes False Claims/Statements of Fact on TV?

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Should Fines Be Imposed on Anyone Who Makes False Claims/Statements of Fact on TV?

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  1. Mustang
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    One thing I've come to know over the years, is that there is a tremendous amount of BS in the world. It takes many forms. You can call it lying, dissembling, disinformation, prevarication, fabrication, deception, distortion, defamation, slander, deceit,...

    Personally, I'm sick of it. Most people won't put up with it in their real lives if and when they discover it. They'll just toss it out of their lives even if it means ending the relationships with the people who are being dishonest with them.

    But what about when it comes into your home via TV or the Internet?

    While there are truth in advertising laws when it comes to companies making claims about their products, politicians, and partisan TV commentators can seemingly say anything they want, regardless of how outrageously untrue it is, and there are no consequences.

    I know that some false statements are honest mistakes. I also know that many false statements and claims are intentional. People are intentionally trying to muddy the waters and confusing honest people in the process.

    So, in the interest of honest political debate on the issues, and in keeping with the need to insure that the public is honestly informed on those issues, should fines be imposed on anyone (and/or their media employer) for making false statements or claims on TV? For the sake of argument, I won't bother to distinguish between intentional lies or mistatement and honest mistakes because it's just too hard to prove one versus the other. However, for anyone who just so happens to make careless claims on TV, which are not supported by the facts, these fines could be a way of forcing them to do their homework in order to get their facts straight. And perhaps, once a person get's a certain number of fines, they can't appear on TV for a specific period of time.

    If this plan was implemented, there shouldn't be as many people in this country who are so poorly informed on the issues because they've been manipulated by dishonest people.
     
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    I like that idea!

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    Can't happen, what with this little thing we call the First Amendment.
     
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    Does the 1st Amendment protect lying? I don't think so. Libel is illegal. So is slander. So is lying to the police. If the 1st Amendment protected lying and liars, those laws could not hold up to a Constitutional challenge.
     
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    You can't slander and you can't lie under oath.. other than that.. you can say pretty much what you want.... about Conservatives that is.

    :lol:
     
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    So you think the first amendment extends to the press manipulating the public into believing falsehoods for their own gain?

    We aren't talking about people here. We are talking major news outlets that people rely on for accuracy and honesty to make informed decisions upon. They need to be held to a higher standard.
     
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    I can say my mother was a donut... thtat's lie, but not slander. Come on man.
     
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    I can say my mother was a donut... that's a lie, but not slander. Come on man.
     
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    Didn't Dr Evils's father claim he invented the question mark?
     
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    Actually, it does to some degree. Libel is not a crime; it's a tort. Meaning that nobody can go to jail for doing it; they can only be sued. Same for slander.

    Political speech, of course, is very strongly protected by the First Amendment, which is why it has been filled with very deliberate lies from the earliest days.
     

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