Greta Van Susteren and Sharyl Attkisson share fine print from FCC homepage to sound alarm

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Former MSNBC and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren unleashed a fiery debate along with investigative journalist  Sharyl Attkisson on FCC fine print about “broadcasting false content.”

Van Susteren reached out on Twitter, asking Attkisson her thoughts on the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on news outlets that intentionally broadcast false content.

The veteran journalist responded with a double take-down of both the media and the federal government which doesn’t appear to be doing anything about those outlets pushing “fake news.”

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Van Susteren suggested it would be a good starting point in a “dialogue about journalism” and how professionals could all do better while she also noted that the FCC language on their homepage “puts some crooked people at risk.”

She also contended that journalists need to set “high standards” for themselves.

She even noted in a response to one comment that all good journalism should start with one thing.

Attkisson opined the state of the industry which turns a “blind eye to itself.”

The tweets sparked many comments as others weighed in and Van Susteren continued to expound on the idea of ethics in journalism.

“Makes me mad when facts are not considered ‘gold,’ whatever they may be..and when executives at news organizations do what they can to slant the news to meet an agenda (and one inconsistent w/ the facts, whatever they may be),” she wrote.

“I think these executives hurt good decent journalists and hurt American people ..facts should drive all news…and opinion shows should be driven by facts, whatever they may be,” she added in another tweet.

Van Susteren emphasized that the FCC noted the intention of violations when making an assessment.

And she noted, without naming names, the case of a network anchor being directed to “deliberately slant the news.”

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

The eye-opening discussion from Van Susteren and Attkisson led many Twitter users to applaud them as great examples of what journalists should be like.

Frieda Powers

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