Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Permission for Fraud Granted

In a stupendous act of idiocy, a Florida appellate court has declared fraud to be protected free speech, overturning a previous ruling.  The new ruling states that it is not illegal to lie or distort the truth in a news broadcast.  No wonder people who watch Fox News are less well informed than people who watch no news at all.

It is difficult to impossible for people to make good decisions based on bad information.  This harms everyone.  A free and accurate  press is the foundation of a democracy.  Remember when America had one of the best press corps in the world?  I miss that.  We used to make fun of party rags like Pravda  in Russia.  Now if I glimpse the American news while out in the world, 19 times out of 20 I think, "Da, eto Pravda."  Which is Russian slang for "ZOMG what total bullshit."  The name of that rag?  It means "truth."
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