What about Fox News’s license to broadcast?

After posting that previous thing about Fox News, I became curious–not for the first time–about how Fox maintains its broadcasting license given the multitude of ugly problems it spews out every day. (Oh, gee, sorry, I think I’m supposed to call that “corporate culture.”)

Are there regulations controlling what news stations can broadcast? How many distortions and lies and defamatory statements are they allowed to promulgate? Per week? Or day?

When does the deep decolletage for nearly all female on-air personalities suggest a Hooters uniform?

And how many discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits can a news broadcaster face, settle and/or lose before the Federal Communications Commissions says “No more”?

And is there anything we can do about this?

Yes! Apparently there is.

And apparently there are rules.

Take a look through the actual FCC rules, linked below the table of contents. Click on some of those links, like “Public Participation.”

Oh, and this is one of those times I wish I were a genuine rebel leader, able to gather millions to a cause. But I’m not. All I can do is encourage a genuine rebel leader–maybe one of those women who protest outside Fox’s headquarters and studio–1211 Sixth Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets (to my surprise: I thought it was east of Second or thereabouts; it seems to have moved to new digs)–to take up the cause of getting Fox’s license revoked.

Source: The Public and Broadcasting (July 2008 edition) | Federal Communications Commission

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Great line(s) for our Fox-y times. (Warning: male sex organ cited)

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make TV stars.

—Gene Lyons, in “What Bill O’Reilly (And Roger Ailes) Should Have Learned From A Mirror,” in The National Memo, Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

And one of Lyons’ quotes:

Let The Daily Beast’s Pete Dexter and Jeff Nale deliver the punch line of the year: “O’Reilly became a very important man at Fox News, and this he took to heart. His show reached number one of cable news shows, and Mr. O started letting his penis do the thinking. It is not a smart penis.”

In more Fox-related news, from today’s New York Times news briefing:

• More trouble at Fox News: Eleven current and former employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the network alleging racial discrimination and expanding on a complaint filed in March.
A Fox News spokeswoman denied the allegations, which came less than a week after the ouster of the network’s star host Bill O’Reilly.

From me, again, a perhaps not unrelated answer to my regular question: How to lose your station’s FCC license | Radio & Television Business Report

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Defamation: “Chobani Yogurt Sues Alex Jones”

Source: Chobani Yogurt Sues Alex Jones Over Sexual Assault Report – The New York Times

The beginning will give you a spoonful:

Chobani, the yogurt company, has filed a lawsuit against Alex Jones, the high-profile conspiracy theorist and the host of a popular right-wing radio show, for posting what it called false news reports about the company and its owner.

The suit, filed on Monday in district court in Twin Falls County, Idaho, named Mr. Jones and the media companies InfoWars and Free Speech Systems as defendants. It called “false” and “defamatory” several reports that appeared on InfoWars alleging that the company’s factory in Idaho, which employs refugees, was connected to a 2016 child sexual assault and a rise in tuberculosis cases.

This one’s a goody. Another bravo for Hamdi Ulukaya.

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