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America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio talks about Britain’s media regulator Ofcom censuring Fox news after determining that programs hosted by Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson violated the U.K.’s impartiality rules.


Finally tonight, some good news as corporate advertisers favorite media giant, Fox News, is punished for pushing biased propaganda, if you can image that. Britain’s media regulator, Ofcom, just censured Fox News after determining that programs hosted by Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson violated the UK’s impartiality rules.

The regulator acknowledged that Fox is a channel that’s expected to comment critically on political targets, but that doesn’t serve as an excuse for Fox when it fails to consistently under represent opposing views. They gave the example of Sean Hannity episodes where the show ridiculed all opponents of Trump’s travel ban, followed by various guests who all reinforced the same thing.

Ofcom also noted that Fox violated the rules by way of another program by criticizing the UK’s government response to Manchester bombings without ever presenting the view of the government and authorities that were in question throughout the show.

The US can learn from these steps taken and adopt similar impartiality rules. Corporate Goliaths like Fox get their way too often … So often, America, because their paid advertisers also pay for the election campaigns of Republican and Democratic politicians. Can MSNBC or CNN be next with all their one story all the time type news? Well, we’ll see.

But Americans deserve a free and honest press that gives them the full story on any and all topics detrimental to their livelihood, and not just the stories and views that a few corporate conglomerates say that people should be allowed to know.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.