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Why Do We Insist on Truth In Advertising, But Not In the News?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: corporate media, hippies, media lies, News, worldwide hippiespropaganda, lies, media, government, corruption )

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As an American living in Europe, I have to say that watching the US news is like watching your beloved Aunt Agatha slowly go insane. What's worse is watching it with my wife.


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Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 5:33 pm

Thanks, Joseph. (A question I've often asked.)


Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 11:16 pm
Great article Joseph

Jason G (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 1:16 am
As a Canadian living in the US I have a similar vantage. My cynicism is able to boil down every American stupidity to the effects of religion on politics. Separation of church and state is a joke in this country. Fox news speaks to the loud, obnoxious, demanding minority of right wing Christian nuts with money. They get their way, or they run for political power and take their way. If Churches did more advertising on TV I guarantee truth in advertising would be killed by well funded lobbyists with church dollars. Canada has separation of church and state, and although our religious Conservative Prime Minister tried to get Fox News into Canada my government had the balls to tell him to piss off.

James J. (5)
Monday March 28, 2011, 2:28 am
Fox only exists because the MSM has a huge leftist slant and had been lying for years, it was simply a lap-dog for the democrat party and fox saw the market for news with a right wing slant.

What's funny is that the article seems to claim French news is better. French news, while better than British news at telling the truth, is heavily slanted as well, and often very unprofessional, almost amateurish.

Bon L (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 5:49 am
Thanks for the info.

Helen Avila (166)
Monday March 28, 2011, 6:12 am
Sometimes one has to go to PBS to get a more balanced view

Annie Urban (3)
Monday March 28, 2011, 6:41 am
I don't see much truth in advertising.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 7:38 am
Sad but true. The Constitution gives the media the right to tell as many lies as they want then hide behind the 1st Amendment when they get caught.

Carol H (229)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:47 am
thanks Joseph, noted

Past Member (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:52 am
Rupert Murdoch is in the UK, doing the same thing. Coming to a TV in your home soon!

Scarlett P (126)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:54 am
When you remove God you find nothing but Chaos... Look at what is happening in the US and other coutries today..

Without God, there can be no peace. He is rightly called the “God of peace” (Romans 15:33). One of the reasons why if there is “No God” then there is “No Peace,” is because without God there is no hope. Paul said in Ephesians 2:12, “that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” What a horrible world it would be without the promises of God to trust that there will be tomorrow. John wrote of the hope of the saints, saying, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Rev 21:4). Too, there is the peace that comes from a mind of contentment, free from the guilt of sin, knowing that God has wiped away all of our sin. Furthermore, there is more peace with others when we have the love that the Bible teaches. It is sinful lust that James said is the source of wars (James 4:1-3). No God, no peace.
But to know God is to know peace. What a blessing to be free from anxiety and the source of so many of our concerns. Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7). To know God is to know a peace that surpasses human understanding. This is one of God’s greatest gifts. The Psalmist said, “The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” (Psalms 29:11)

. (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:27 am
noted with thanks!

Ian Donelson (149)
Monday March 28, 2011, 11:23 am
It will always be that way for "news" organisations that are owned by corporations. Newscorp, GE, and others will always keep the game going and never oust themselves or their co-conspirators.

Laffin A (2)
Monday March 28, 2011, 11:40 am
God has nothing to do with the media - what an asinine comment. What needs to be done is to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

patricia lasek (317)
Monday March 28, 2011, 12:41 pm
Two stations were just fined for showing commercials that parodied actual news stories. One was owned by FAUX and the other by GE. I keep wondering why the FCC did this and lets lies get told on supposed news shows...

Marlene Barrett (7)
Monday March 28, 2011, 12:46 pm
well now to be fair, we no longer have truth in advertising ether!

Mike M (8)
Monday March 28, 2011, 1:02 pm
There is no truth in America

Yvonne White (229)
Monday March 28, 2011, 1:07 pm
There's all kinds of lies in advertising, apparently Only Canada cares about truthful News though!:) I thought it hilarious that FAUX News couldn't buy it's way in there!

Susanne R (236)
Monday March 28, 2011, 1:20 pm
That's a very good point! Unfortunately, people have a tendancy to favor media outlets that tell them what they want to hear. I would love it if the United States required that all newcasts be honest --not only in what they say, but by not allowing them to omit what they'd rather not say, which can also be misleading. As it stands, sometimes you don't know what to believe. And if there were some type of regulation requiring that news be honest, Fox News would have to advertise its programming as "for entertainment value only."

Rita Walpole A (10)
Monday March 28, 2011, 1:45 pm
For some time now, I have been pushing for a Good Journalism (similar to Good Housekeeping) Seal of Approval. Sad but true, Faux News will not even be considered for suxh a seal, in that it is a karlvoving, high spin news source. Also sad - very few if any of the 'majors' (i.e. CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN), now owned by numerous corporate villainaires and constantly involved in low level karlronging spins, will not be able to receive such a seal either.

We old journalists, who so well recognize what we've lost in our corporate overtake of a real McCoy free press, are in mourning, along with our dedicated to justice legal friends, who mourn constantly the loss of rule of law.

Time for we the sheeple to take off the blinders, get into Wisconsin style fight and recall mode, and... UNDO THE COUP!!!

Dianna M (16)
Monday March 28, 2011, 2:30 pm
There's really not a lot of truth in advertising, and even reading the product contents is misleading.

Doesn't Canada have some sort of law that says you can't publish it or air it unless you KNOW it's true? We need more laws like that.

As for James J.'s contention that "Fox only exists because the MSM has a huge leftist slant and had been lying for years, it was simply a lap-dog for the democrat party and fox saw the market for news with a right wing slant. "--I suppose you're going to tell us next that when Richard Nixon went on the air and said, "I am not a crook", he was telling the truth and Watergate was something the Democrats made up.

Morris G. (18)
Monday March 28, 2011, 2:41 pm
People, like the author of the story, continually confuse "news" with "opinion". Even the story itself as well as some posters are touting the "Fairness Doctrine." The Fairness Doctrine was about political opinion - not news.
What you have a problem with I assume are opinion shows.
All the news stations, Fox and MSNBC included, provide factual news. For example lets take the Giffords shooting. (Maybe not a good example since NPR incorrectly reported she had died from her wounds which they recanted later obviously). All news stations reported she was shot, reported the number killed, etc factually. Now some people wanted to see OPINION pieces following on gun control. However the "facts" of the shooting were reported accurately and any mistakes, such as NPR's report, were corrected accurately.
Take the time to watch Fox News NEWS show tonight and see what actual news is reported incorrectly. I don't watch often, but I believe Shepard Smith does a 7:00 to 8:00 news show. The rest of Fox's evening shows are opinion views - not news. I bet you cannot find anything on Smith's news show that is not "factual."
And by the way Yvonne, Fox News is on TV cable in Canada as is MSNBC.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 3:34 pm
Anyone who believes Fox news or even watches it is crazy. It's a insult to anyone's intelligence.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 4:18 pm
I've been fortunate to have held residential postings in 5 countries and would have to say the US has the most bias stations, but in other countries all the news is slanted. To find decent news, watch the international arms of news organizations which is much less biased and have greater in depth reporting.

greenplanet e (155)
Monday March 28, 2011, 5:07 pm
haha truth in the news? rofl

pam M (98)
Monday March 28, 2011, 5:33 pm
Noted. LOL "watching the US news is like watching your beloved Aunt Agatha slowly go insane." I love it!!! Its refreshing to hear insight from those across the pond, especially from fellow Americans. Hopefully, it may open the eyes of the villagers that reside in the sleeping giant.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Monday March 28, 2011, 7:08 pm
We need legislation to legally require any media outlet that operates under the banner of "news" to adhere to specific guidelines of journalistic integrity (such as fact checking, confirming sources, etc.) Any information given as "fact" that is provably wrong should be retracted within 24 hrs. or the offending broadcaster should face fines and/or having their license revoked. All information that is not EXPRESSLY referred to as "opinion" rather than fact MUST be backed up by CREDIBLE sources (not faux organizations or fictitious research groups). If FOX wants to call themselves The Fox Opinion Show, they can say any ridiculous thing they want. They must be legally forced to disclose to their slow-witted viewers that they are an arm of The Republican Party and ARE NOT "the news". But as long as they are representing themselves as a news organization, they must be required to uphold certain standards or be charged with fraud (and often) libel.

Hey, I can dream, can't I?

Janin S (25)
Monday March 28, 2011, 7:51 pm
I live south of the border and get terribly annoyed by the triviality of US news...

beba h (89)
Monday March 28, 2011, 8:02 pm
News has become spin extensions for government. I dont listen to television news anymore.

Angela W (27)
Monday March 28, 2011, 9:25 pm
I wish that the media would report on really important issues more frequently. Things like the state of the planet: over-population, pollution, overfishing, factory farms, unhealthy eating habits, etc. Throwing in the occasional 'feel good' story would be nice too.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:24 pm

Cindy Lindh (3)
Monday March 28, 2011, 10:36 pm

Gloria H (88)
Monday March 28, 2011, 11:02 pm
PBS/NPR could become a fond memory, like a dime cup of coffee and pesticide-free strawberries. Maybe we will need to read smoke signs and drumbeats?

William Y (54)
Monday March 28, 2011, 11:18 pm
There is no more truth in advertising than there is is in news coverage. For example, how can car insurance A save you $500 over car insurance company B and yet car insurance company B save $500 over car insurance company A?

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:33 am
Thanks Joseph.

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Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 7:43 am
I have rejected TV advertising as outright lies since the 1960s and the subliminals scams. I distrust TV news for its slanted opinions and running inaccuracies, and prefer using print newspapers and their associated websites for less lying in news. The worst news liars are leftist bastions like CNN and CBS; Fox at least admits their bias and entertains. I read my news on Kidon Media Link ( ) from the world's newspaper websites rather than just from local media, I'll skip the liberal slant.

. (0)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:36 am
I've started yelling at the TV, it does NO good......

Warren Webber (26)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 4:24 pm
It's because, too often, we let passion ride ahead of wisdom in our culture, unfortunately!

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 4:54 pm
The FCC should require Fox News be changed to Fox Propaganda.

Mark H (44)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:25 pm
I'm totally boycotting all Fox.
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