The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 August 2006

FCC, Fake News Crackdown, Video News Releases


Feds Ready For Video Press Release Crackdown

After a recent study revealed that many television news programs are routinely airing video press releases as legitimate news, the Federal Communications Commission is cracking down.

Threatening expensive fines, the FCC has notified stations that unedited "fake" reports have no place in their newscasts.

In dictating content to the news business, however, has the FCC overstepped its bounds? Given America's historic freedom of the press, is this a place where government belongs, even when professional practices are shoddy?

In addition, since it stoops to many similarly bad journalistic habits, is radio next on the agency's hit list?

In my latest Inside Radio column, the issue is explored in detail.

Also: after allegedly stealing chips from a casino table, a Tulsa talk host is in hot water. How should KFAQ-1170 AM deal with its crisis?

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  • I don't think the fake and staged news should be investigated by the government. The media will go nuts complaining that their 1st amendment rights are being violated. There are always two sides to each story.

    I do not have any confidence in a government run organization determining what is and what is not proper to say. The same applies to those lame-brain dolts at the ALCU who think they are the final arbitrator on everything.

    In the case of al-Reuters, The New York Times, The LA Times, etc. - the market is taking very good care of them. al-Reuters is pulling their revenue generating fraudulent photos off the network. Their reputation is a joke now. More fake and staged photos are turning up each week. And as long as the NYT and LAT continues to be an anti-American rag, their circulation will continue to drop. Eventually the shareholders will ask the paper WTF?

    The bloggers and investigative journalists are doing a great job at nailing these sleeze-bag liars. There is no need to bring in some bleeding-heart government civil servants to muck up the waters further.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 16 August, 2006 22:35  

  • Heaven forbid that news organizations have to stop airing/printing press releases as news! My GOD! Our local paper would have to replace its Political Editor as she never wrote a completely or majorly original story in her life. She'd never be heard from if not for the Democrat talking points and press releases.

    Oh, for the talk hosts who stole chips, treat him like any other thief who got caught. For a Democrat, it means they issue an insencere apology and enter a rehab clinic (for a vacation). For a Republican, it means being drawn and quartered at dawn.

    By Blogger PCD, at 17 August, 2006 08:16  

  • this is absolutely hilarious. maloney finally prints a piece that was uncovered by a liberal organization, and you wackos start to eat your own.

    what's even funnier about this is that i heard the EXACT SAME STORY on Ring of Fire (the only AAR show worth a damn) a few months ago.

    and the problem is that these broadcasts are full of non-truths and corporate propaganda.

    everyone should go to the website and check them out for yourselves.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 17 August, 2006 09:02  

  • The G.O.P is famous for doing this. This reality escapes you clowns. The constant use of this tatic by the G.o.P is what prompted this.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 17 August, 2006 09:03  

  • Why does Brian Maloney only seem to talk about AAR? Because even when he doesn't, his commenters apparently do...

    And what should KFAQ do? They should change back to classic country KVOO, take advantage of their 50,000 nighttime watts, and watch their ratings double (to where they once were). But they won't.

    By Blogger Snowed In, at 17 August, 2006 11:38  

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