pjbogart wrote:Now, running around and suing (or even arresting) people who lie is pretty impractical, but if it were illegal to conspire to spread disinformation it would have a chilling effect in all the right ways. FoxNews could no longer run "Mosque at Ground Zero" stories, oil companies couldn't organize malicious campaigns against wind and solar industries and we'd never see another "swiftboat" campaign. Whatever upside we once saw to complete freedom of speech in political campaigns has been outweighed by the reality that money often buys the truth, even if the truth is demonstrably false.
Canada has laws against news orgs putting out false statements. We don't.
I can't remember which politician I emailed about that, a year or two ago, asking how come we don't tell our newsies to tell the truth. He responded that it was free speech.
As long as it isn't libel, they can say anything they want. The news is basically a text version of professional wrestling, except more people believe it's true.
We are so fucking screwed.