posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 11:20 PM
Originally posted by projectvxn
It's a matter of principle.
Like I said, you don't call the cops when someone says something you don't like. You either refute it, or don't listen. But don't tell me free
speech should be restricted because YOUR opinion of a particular media corporation is sour.
I don't have a problem with people saying things I don't like.
I have a problem with News
organizations repeatedly and purposefully printing or airing lies to the American public. Never did I say I wanted
to curtail free speech. My point is actually quite simple: while it is illegal for an individual to publicly defame another entity, why is it not
illegal for a news organization?
Defamation—also called calumny, vilification, slander (for transitory statements), and libel (for written, broadcast, or otherwise published
words)—is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual,
business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image.
Do defamation laws violate our free speech? If so then we have not had free speech since before the founding of our nation, as defamation laws predate
the American Revolution.
You bring up my opinion of "a particular media corporation" when I clearly stated
Fox News (and indeed all major news outlets) are sources of opinion masquerading as sources of information.
As far as I am aware, every single major televised news source is guilty of this infraction.
and even in my first post
Fox news should be shut down. (In fairness, so should all of the other mainstream networks).
No offense, but are you really that
dense? Or are you just looking for an argument?
[edit on 21-7-2010 by drwizardphd]