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Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us

Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us

Ever wonder why it is that Fox News can lie over and over again – yet continue to call itself “News”? It’s because Fox News is a corporation – and ever since that 1886 Supreme Court case of Southern Pacific Railroad versus Santa Clara County when a rogue court reporter named JC Bancroft Davis slipped corporate personhood into the legal record – the courts have ruled time and time again that corporations – since they have all the rights that actual people have – could also lie just like people can. Except for one time. Back in 1998 – a political activist named Mark Kasky sued Nike alleging that Nike was lying to its customers by publishing in the San Francisco Examiner a letter assuring everyone that the corporation’s workers around the world enjoy basic labor rights like a minimum wage – health and safety regulations – and equal opportunity employment. Kasky knew this claim wasn’t true. A 1996 audit of the Nike revealed that workers in Vietnam were routinely exposed to cancer-causing chemicals that were illegal in the United States. And a Mothers Jones article later cited a Nike-funded study that found, “evidence of physical and verbal abuse and sexual harassment at nine of its contract factories in Indonesia.” After realizing he and thousands of other Nike customers were lied to and were buying Nike products under false assumptions – Kasky took the corporation to court. And in 2002 – Kasky won his case before the California Supreme Court which ruled that Nike did indeed
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25 Responses to “Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us”

  1. EdDeRs3 says:

    at least in the UK the BBC is still unbiased, shame that its came back to bite them, lets just hope it doesn’t go under….

  2. EdDeRs3 says:

    oh America… why are you so far behind Europe in so many ways? is it the presence of religious fundamentalists in positions of power? or the amount of money thrown your way by Mr. Murdoch and his palls?

  3. setarita says:

    So many more people in America need to see this! This should be mandatory viewing in educational institutions nation wide! Maybe then, America will begin REAL change!

  4. Padpaw22 says:

    America has become about whoever can pay those in power the most to get what they want.

    It stopped being a for the people country decades ago.

  5. clarinet5001 says:

    17 people work at FOX news corp and love their large paychecks so much that they willingly try to trash the country for their own good, and this is what they call “change.”

  6. maxor92100 says:

    this is freaking unbelievable, USA the country of freedom ??

    At least in France we protect people and not money

  7. nyc1164 says:

    He also lack in intelligence.

  8. RageModeEngage says:

    FYI I think “taboogooroo” is most likely Bill O’Reilly.

  9. RageModeEngage says:

    I’m 31. “The guy you we’re talking to is 47” So you’re talking about yourself in the third person? A: Being 47 and talking like that is worse. B: It’s not talking shit its a statement of opinion I gave. You see, after reading your pages of rude and hating comments that’s your opinion. I gave mine. Thus is the great circle of life. Enjoy your day angry one.

  10. RageModeEngage says:

    I don’t think a logical debate would be possible with the guy you replied to. Clicking on his name shows pages of hate comments and at age 28. You’d think he was 12.

  11. nyc1164 says:

    Really, does nothing but play golf. Didn’t he just made a speech on TV that he’s going to get justice for the death of an ambassador in Libya? And why are Navy warship are going there for? Vacationing? And do you think Osama bin Laden is still alive? Didn’t he just save people’s job in the automobile factory? As for gay marriage? I’m in all favor of it. I’m glad he changed his mind. I bet you that he just wanted to say he’s against it because he wants to be sure he get elected.

  12. nyc1164 says:

    So, you don’t like President Obama because his black?

  13. nyc1164 says:


  14. Fl5H says:

    Wow dude, Your a fucking idiot. Did you hear that on Fox news.

  15. nyc1164 says:

    It’s for elite people with good jobs? Like what? Collecting garbage? Because that’s what Fox News does. Most of the stuff you hear from Fox is made up garbage. And you know who’s catching them lying? Jon Stewart and half of the American people who are very intellegent intellectuals. Only dumb and naive people are the ones who believes in Fox News. One thing for sure, they should take the word “News” out because they don’t report it and the word Fair and Balance. Ha, don’t make me laugh.

  16. nyc1164 says:

    Wow, you know how old I am. Are you spying on me? I maybe a looser but at least I don’t believe in fairy FOX NEWS tales.

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  19. xxxcraz1 says:

    Rt is the best news channel

  20. crzykd says:

    who care’s about the truth on news we need more lies, but if the president lies oo that is so bad
    wat a joke

  21. ac23AQ says:

    Dont listen to any of these jokers on the bottom, theyre all biased. They are ALL biased. Look for news yourself.

  22. George Washington says:

    FOX expose another (1 of a million) absolutely false ideological stories by Soros’s liberal “think progress” website that showed a picture of melted street lamps in OK. to show how hot it is.

    Liberal Yahoo then took the story and spun it blaming it on global warming and no doubt all the other liberal propagandist will re-spun it again each time with their own twist for the liberal ideology.

    Fox then showed the building fire that caused the lamp covers to melt?

    So what else is new, NOTHING!

  23. George Washington says:

    ” Media Matters tied to, ACORN Brock’s Media Matters is also tied to financing from Soros and the radical left, including a group that funds and financed ACORN. WND reported how one of the single largest donors to the embattled Media Matters for America is a controversial far-left clearinghouse that funds groups such as, ACORN and a litany of anti-war organizations.

  24. George Washington says:

    The National Education Association, SEIU and AFL-CIO labor unions with $100,000 each. Soros donated $1 million to the superPAC. Wrote Brock: “Thanks to investments by progressive leaders like Mr. Soros, we have been able to build a cutting edge organization that we will continue to build upon in order to keeping providing effective and efficient services to the progressive movement

  25. George Washington says:

    The organization in question, the Tides Foundation, is funded in part by Soros, himself a prominent Media Matters donor. Tides functions as a money tunnel in which major leftist donors provide large sums that are channeled to hundreds of radical groups. Tides documentation reviewed by WND shows the group provided a total of $4.1 million to Media Matters during the fiscal years of 2004-2009.


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