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AdLLaw Editorial #2

AdLLaw Editorial #2

Like him or not, Bill O’Reilly is an influential person.  He has been a major contributor to the Fox News Network for decades.  He is known personally and professionally by all the movers and shakers in the world of Journalism and Television.

This man is being roasted over an open fire for his claims of time in combat and for having witnessed events it is said he did not. Former associates and people who touted they were always anti-O’Reilly are talking about this…NOW.

Bill O’Reilly made these claims years even decades ago, but no one disputed the claims…THEN. They stayed silent and let him carry on.  Other journalists are reporting they knew several of the stories were fabricated, but there are some problems with this.  The former associates or others may have an ax to grind with O’Reilly.  Many of these revelations are first reported by News Agencies which are known for “paying for a story”, taking a benign story and giving it negative connotations or sometimes soliciting “paid to lie” exposés.  Either the O’Reilly accusers are lying now or they lied then, by omission.

In most cases the lies like Brian Williams of NBC were self-serving to enhance his “street cred”.  However, it looks as if some of Bill O’Reilly’s tales may have done serious harm to one or more person’s ability to earn a living, move about comfortably in their normal environment and perhaps endangered their lives.  He is not the first Journalist who may have caused this kind of situation with his story telling and he is not alone by any means.

If you were to research deeply enough you may find an article or two from other Media sources who at the time supported even concurred with Mr. O’Reilly’s claims.

If these allegations are true then it shows a double standard which prevails in our News & Information arena.  Ignore or close ranks around one of their own, even when they do wrong and throw everyone else under the bus.

Our worldwide Media is inhabited by imperfect people, some who lie.  They lie to the public for personal gain of all kinds.  They present themselves to the public as the voice of reason, honesty and moral good.

I am not expecting perfection; however they do lie, sometimes with disastrous results.   Misrepresentations, justifications for promoting false impressions that influence our perceptions which cause faulty judgments and possible untoward acts on persons are theirs.

This editorial is not a condemnation of Bill O’Reilly, but of our Media.  It is a roast for every person who calls themselves Journalist or information Provider and reported falsely without checking facts or failed to report corrections; reported false stories with the intent to do harm or has taken part in activities which were criminal.

Even now our Media skillfully dodges any reports about which US Journalists and News agencies may have been involved in the hacking and official bribing scandal.

The purpose of the First Amendment Right was to allow our Media to report wrong doing without fear of reprisal.  It was not created to use this “Right” to do wrong without reprisal or punishment.

In order for a field which employs or provides a living to hundreds of thousands who purport themselves as servants of reliable and credible information our Media will have to do a lot better to regain our trust and respect.

By: S. Kendrick – a.k.a. Dial Dancer 2/27/2015

(This editorial is the views of its writer.  It does not reflect the views of all of the Members & Supporters of AdLLaw)

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AdLLaw Editorial #1: Let’s get rid of slander laws

AdLLaw Editorial #1:  Let’s get rid of slander laws


Dials AdLLaw LogoAfter spending years studying defamation laws and the many locations which provide instruction on how to slander without being exposed; we are at a new place.  A solution is being proposed which will insure would-be slanderers no longer need to rely on dissimilation if discovered.  This solution would completely relieve the slanderer of responsibility and the consequences of their actions.

Advocates against slander express concern over rumblings from sectors of the Media proposing slander laws should be eliminated.   These sectors are using the deaths in Paris to establish arguments for discarding these laws.

Why anyone would think having or not having slander laws would have prevented the Paris tragedy is beyond me?  The only thing I can see this would accomplish is to inflame people, perhaps move them to extreme action when they might otherwise have taken their grievances to court.   That is why there are laws, measures meant to prevent people from taking the law into their own hands.

Persons who slander and avow an affiliation with a religion which teaches from the Bible seem to have forgotten there is another set of laws.

The ones handed down by God.  I have found the Ten Commandments have a prevailing principle.  Thou shall not steal.  Do not steal what belongs to God.  Do not steal from your parents and neighbors what is theirs.   The Ninth Commandment is most specific:  Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

When you slander someone with intent you steal what is theirs; that theft is no lesser than if you broke in their home and took what does not belong to you.  Slander for gain is the same as if you took that stolen possession and sold it for your profit.   All the rhetoric in the world and titles; teacher; doctor; barber or journalist changes nothing, when you slander no matter living or dead you bear false witness.

If we would remember and abide by that Commandment there would be no need for slander laws.   However, until that day there is a need, if anything it grows greater as our Social Media and lack of control on it increases.  Until our information providers cease tilting the balanced credible in favor of the unethical and unreliable.

Slander like every other crime creates more than one victim and affects more than the intended target.  But unlike a theft where the property is recovered once slander is done, the target and those affected can never completely recover what was taken.

The comments and opinion expressed here are solely the writer’s and do not reflect the opinion of all the Members & Supporters of AdLLaw. 

Sharon Kendrick, AdLLaw Advocate – a.k.a. Dial Dancer

 

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