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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 break laws against unfair competition and false advertising…

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  1. Why is this video only about Republicans and Fox News when you clearly mention (in passing of course) that ALL MEDIA OUTLETS are media corporations and not just Fox? You only call out FOX news and not CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC or CBS and you also fail to mention that the non-Fox outlets omit major news stories completely in order to achieve their own spin. Not so "fair and balanced" yourself are you?

  2. "The Constitution needs an amendment to strip Corporations from their 'personhood' This law that President Reagan passed in '87 allowing them to lie to us need to be re-addressed. What could be simpler and more straightforward than asking for news to be unbiased? it's despicable what the News has turned into in America and in the UK too.

  3. Fox??? Have ever watched any other network news? I'd venture to guess Fox is more honest than the average politician. But then, RT is primarily a propaganda machine anyway,

  4. search YouTube for "THE CORPORATION [17/23] Unsettling Accounts" you see the full story and see them two reports talk about what happon… really is shameful what going on in USA 🙁

  5. Love that while Thom is claiming that he doesn't call what he does "News" but "opinion," there is a banner entitled "News" in the lower third of his screen.

  6. Sad to hear how "news" organizations can deliberately lie to us, legally, in order to support corporate interests. The whole system is rigged, from Wall street to Congress to our news organizations. In other words, we're basically fucked.

  7. All "News" are corporations made to shape public opinion and advanced their agendas and delude the masses.

  8. So corporations may lie, even when it makes people sick. News may lie to viewers. That is so sick. It means you don't live in a free country anymore. It means the land is run by corporate dictators. Both Bernie and Trump have some points about that.

  9. +Thom Hartmann +The Big Picture RT Perhaps Fox may lie, but can they use slogans like: "Real Journalism, fair and balanced"? Because if corporations can lie, does it say on the package of your food what's in it? Is your corporate water safe? etc.

  10. If it's a lie, it's not news, it's propaganda. Anybody and everybody who watches FOX is a mindless nobody. So any option that they may have, is based on LIES.

  11. I complained to the FCC about FOX lies. They said they couldn't control cable. It is the people's media and air waves.

  12. If corporations can lie, they can also be fact checked. Sure media makes mistakes all the time but they are almost always quick to correct themselves. There almost 10 million investigative journalists in the U.S. alone, they do a pretty good job of keeping the media in check.

  13. Thom Hartman is a liberal and disagrees with Fox, so he rants about Fox's right to lie, while remaining quiet about ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN. etc… all of which exhibit the same level of political bias as Fox, but for a different party. In fact, Thom Hartman is just as biased as the talking heads at Fox, although his intellectual pretentiousness is more hilarious.

  14. Where's you video on the lamestream media channels, since they are TEN Times worse, thom?!! Lol, this is b.s. of Course!!

  15. The assertion that Fox is a corporation with the right to lie is false: The Fox Broadcasting Company[2] (commonly referred to as Fox; stylized as FOX)[3][4] is an American commercial broadcast television network that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The network is headquartered at the 20th Century Fox studio lot on Pico Boulevard in the Century City section of Los Angeles, with additional major offices and production facilities at the Fox Television Center in nearby West Los Angeles and the Fox Broadcasting Center in Yorkville, Manhattan, New York. It is the third largest major television network in the world. Being it is a tv network like CBS, NBC and ABC, it has to get a license to broadcast. So why the FCC is playing hands off? Guess someone will have to look into that.


  17. Ever wonder why RT can lie over and over and over again? Well thats because it's a propaganda channel that is directly funded by the Kremlin and has had multiple anchors and correspondents hit due to not wanting to spread Fake News.

  18. This guy works for RT and accuses Fox of lying.  Thom, like most on his side, has a serious lack of self awareness.

  19. I could not care less about how many books youve written thom. Democracy lives on your blog too. Stop censoring your own blog you hypocrite.

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