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Tue May 1, 2012, 08:52 PM

Rupert Murdoch's Fox broadcast licences targeted by US ethics group

Source: The Guardian

A Washington-based ethics watchdog is calling on federal regulators to revoke News Corporation's 27 Fox broadcast licences in the wake of the highly critical report on phone hacking from the UK parliament.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) has written to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, calling on the regulator to pull the plug on Rupert Murdoch's lucrative television licences on grounds of character.

The letter argues that the final report of the UK Commons culture, media and sport committee, which concluded that Murdoch was not fit to run a major international company, had implications for the US regulators that they had now to act upon.

Melanie Sloan, Crew's director, said that the Murdochs had clearly failed the character test that is embedded within US media law as it is within British. "If they are not passing the character standard under British law, it seems to me that they are not going to meet the character standard in America."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/01/rupert-murdoch-fox-licences-us

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:57 PM

1. How much would I love to see this happen

not saying it will but I would dance down the streets singing joy to the world every day.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:05 PM

2. Well, the standards are ...

you cannot show a (female) nipple on TV for a 10th of a second without threatening to be fined half a million dollars for every station in the U.S. which carried it ...

But Faux can show a guy with a shirt with one of the few remaining "seven words you can't say on TV or radio) for at least 10 seconds, and not get fined for an "inadvertent" display ... despite the fact that the cameraman sought out the "offender" ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #2)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:34 PM

6. not to mention Faux can LIE constantly & never give evidence of their lying statements

not to mention, this org is a front for the RW media machine.

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Response to zbdent (Reply #2)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:37 PM

10. was it the "F da Eagles" incident?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #10)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:40 AM

12. I don't see how that's "inadvertent" ...

was the cameraman hoping she'd flash her ... um ... breasts? She was jumping up and down ...

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:10 PM

3. There's an ethics group in the U.S.?

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:14 PM

4. A big time K and R for this one

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:26 PM

5. it seems to me that they are not going to meet the character standard in America."

Nah. We have a much greater tolerance of assholes. As a matter of fact we really encourage that behavior and reward it with enthusiasm.

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #5)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:53 PM

8. Hell, we made that piece of slime Murdoch an American citizen.

My dream is to someday see that revoked.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:46 PM

7. I don't understand why their license hasn't been revoked before with all of the phony

news stories in the past supported by phony video footage. They have also incited violence with their rhetoric.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #7)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:08 PM

9. Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:38 PM

11. Does that mean Family Guy and Fringe and New Girl will get canceled????

That's the downside.

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