Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Calgary Herald: In praise of the right to lie to the public

The Herald's editorial board robustly defends the right of broadcasters, like the new 'Fox News North' Sun TV  for example, to lie to the public.
A committee of Parliament is asking the CRTC to change an existing regulation that bans the broadcast of "any false or misleading news." The committee wants the wording changed to apply to broadcasters who "knowingly" broadcast news that is "false or misleading and that endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health, or safety of the public."
The committee misses the point. This ridiculous regulation should not even exist.

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