To thwart misinformation on so-called news media, demand a new FCC criterion to define media that can be called 'news'?
Today, whether on television, social media, internet sites, radio, etc., people seek and follow information from several media sources which are branded as: "news", "news feed", etc. Increasingly, many of these media outlets produce and deliver content that is outright false, unverified and intentionally manipulative to promote and fortify a particular agenda. Being allowed to broadcast under the badge of “News” is giving free license to these deceptive media outlets to intentionally delude followers into believing, and acting upon such misinformation as factual in their lives.
Without a clear delineation of verifiable content in today’s media, many outlets’ free mischaracterization of ’news’ is a ticking time bomb, stoking idealogical divisiveness and setting the stage for dangerous civil unrest in our country. Already there for our protection, the Federal Communications Commission (FFC) consumer guidelines state: "It is, illegal for broadcasters to intentionally distort the news,” > "The FCC may act only when it has received documented evidence, such as testimony from persons who have direct personal knowledge of an intentional falsification of the news.”
I believe it is now urgent for the FCC to be called to action to uphold their own agency's guidelines regarding intentional false information found in some programming currently labeled as ‘news'. Whatever the methodology needed to monitor/ police alleged news media outlets - that’s their job as the FCC. At a minimum, we must demand that our own federal communications oversight commission act to no longer allow any media program, media feed, etc. that broadcasts unverified information to be able to use the word “news” as any part of their name, title, moniker or program description. Thereby clearly establishing and defining what ’news’ is as a stringent broadcast standard for our future. -Bob Crelin