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JordanL
01-07-2008, 06:52 AM
Alright, so "debates" have been excluded from the equal time clauses, thus allowing news orgs to not invite people OR to give unequal time to those there, by claiming that they were "live reporting" things. In other words, that it was simply an event which was happenning which the media happened to be there to record.

The ONLY reason that the FCC has applied this exception to debates in the past is because the debates were technically organized by the sponsor. Such as the League of Women Voters or some other group.

However in this case the NH GOP withdrew their support specifically because of equal time issues, and thus the singular FCC exception no longer applied. The NH GOP withdrawing made it technically illegal to exclude Paul and Hunter.

santopia
01-07-2008, 06:57 AM
Equal time only applies to paid advertising.

They can editorialize and pick or choose stories/candidates to feature.

Fox news violated their moral duty to the American people, but they did not violate the law.

JordanL
01-07-2008, 07:05 AM
Equal time only applies to paid advertising.

They can editorialize and pick or choose stories/candidates to feature.

Fox news violated their moral duty to the American people, but they did not violate the law.

Perhaps it wasnt the equal time laws then, but I specifically remember that debates were only unregulated because of their sponsorship.

ceakins
01-07-2008, 07:09 AM
Equal time only applies to paid advertising.

They can editorialize and pick or choose stories/candidates to feature.

Fox news violated their moral duty to the American people, but they did not violate the law.

Go read the rules.

fuzzybekool
01-07-2008, 09:26 AM
Why not stir up bad publicity for FOX NEWS and have the ACLU file a lawsuit, and the court can decide if the lawsuit has merit.