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Politics and law from a British perspective (hence Politics LAW BloG): ''People who like this sort of thing...'' as the Great Man said

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

A twist to the Jane Akre/Steve Wilson story

Amazingly, for a story in which Fox and Monsanto are cast as the black hats, there's seemed to be remarkably little hullaballo about this sorry tale (which I outlined on February 14 2004).

Now, it turns out that it's licence renewal time for the Fox station, WTVT-TV Tampa, at which Akre and Wilson worked. And the pair have filed a petition with the FCC
to deny renewal of the station's license for "intentionally airing false and distorted news reports'' in 1997.

Sounds like a lost cause, unless they can find powerful friends with axes to grind to come in behind them. Even then, my understanding is that licence renewal is virtually a formality failing serious misfeasance at the station.

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