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This always surprises people: the Courts have ruled that news organizations can tell lies whenever they choose. Freedom of speech, don’tcha know. Jane Akre, an award-winning Journalist, was hired by Fox News affiliate WTVT to be, well, a journalist. You know, someone who reports news.

To Fox’s surprise, she and her team found some news. News that one of Fox’s sponsors did not like at all. So Fox ordered her to put some lies in the broadcast, to keep the sponsors happy and the money rolling in. Ms. Akre refused, on grounds of professional ethics.

Fox then fired her and her husband; they sued, and the court’s ruling, incredibly, made it clear that there was no law requiring that news organizations provide truthful content. None. Nada. Zippo. Zilch. Lies are A-OK for those upon whom we rely for accurate reporting.

That ruling, as we look back, opened the Falsehood Floodgates the rest of the way for politicians and their BFFs in the Infotainment Industry. One may still sue for libel, although it is very hard to win and takes years. One may sue over a false advertisement, but those cases are likewise hard to win and take years as well.

Meanwhile, Fox and their compadres repeat their lies so often in the interim, the lies wind up being believed to be true by a large majority of Americans. A few recent examples: Benghazi, Obama’s birth certificate, and much of the Michael Brown coverage.

This writer loves him some First Amendment, yes he does. However, there is no reason not to be able to require that news providers at least put a label on lies: call ’em “editorials”, or “speculative”, or “unproved”. It would be better to make the lies illegal, but the Roberts court ain’t gonna outlaw lies. Not with the current load of Bushbots and Reaganistas forming the majority, anyway.

So, Gentle Reader, remember that you really CAN’T trust anything you read in the papers or see on the TeeVee. You are being lied to 24/7/365 by at least some of the “news” sources you have heretofore relied upon for information. You’ll have to keep a line open to Snopes, FactCheck, Politifact, and other such sources before you can believe Thing One the newsies tell you.

Because in modern America, it’s legal for rich corporations, “news” outlets and politicians to lie to you whenever they want, about whatever they want, however they want.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

But he does support positions that would result in a lot of people dying through lack of access to health care. Mind, this writer has no degrees in psychology, and so can not diagnose the man. One does have to wonder why a non-necrophiliac would advance causes that would increase the number of dead people, though.

It is highly unlikely that Tucker Carlson gets his jollies by viewing snuff porn. But he does support positions that would result in a lot of people dying through lack of access to health care. Mind, this writer has no degrees in psychology, and so can not diagnose the man. One does have to wonder why a non-snuff-porn-freak would advance causes that would increase the number of people getting killed, though.

It is almost inconceivable that Tucker Carlson finds his pulse quickening, his palms sweating, and his jockey shorts tightening when viewing news stories about the miseries suffered by the uninsured. But he does support positions that would result in a lot of people people being very miserable indeed through lack of access to health care. Mind, this writer has no degrees in psychology, and so can not diagnose the man. One does have to wonder why someone not so perverted would advance causes that would increase the number of miserable people, though.

This writer was at the gym yesterday, walking on treadmills and pedaling exercise bikes, and had the great good fortune to be stuck in front of a TeeVee that was tuned to Fox “News”, which was in full “F*** ObamaCare” mode. FTucker’s “solution” was to get rid of the ACA, and ditch the few pathetic bits of pre-ACA regulations and oversight as well.

And that course of action would result in a lot of dead and miserable people. And it does seem that anyone who supports those actions and their resulting outcomes would have to have some sort of screw loose. So, FTucker my laddie, how in the Hell do you explain your despicable and loathsome positions, if they do not stem from some sort of truly demented perversion?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky