Sunday, August 17, 2003


Al Franken wasn't the first one to deal with the hypocrisies of Fox News' "Fair and Balanced" trademark. Earlier this year, two TV reporters who had been fired by a Florida FOX affiliate for refusing to air a story containing false and inaccurate information.

In a story reported by, and repeated by From the Wilderness publications, I discovered the following information:

"Accepting a defense rejected by three other Florida state judges on at least six separate motions, a Florida appeals court has reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information.

In a six-page written decision released February 14, the court essentially ruled the journalist never stated a valid whistle- blower claim because, they ruled, it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast."

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E.P. Sunday, August 17, 2003