[Marxism] Another crackpot oil spill report [WAS: Re: Russian scientist reports catastrophic break in Mexican Gulf sea floor]
jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Mon Jul 12 13:49:59 MDT 2010
You said, "It really makes you wonder if anybody is home at CNN," but
the worst part it that this is being done on purpose.
We all know the stuff about the russian report is bullshit. The guy is a
crackpot that CNN's ireport staff is aware of, and at the very least
they should have canceled his registration and pulled his pieces after
he wiped out the Eastern half of North America in June, but the people
running the "ireport" program refused.
The argument is that if they start filtering the reports, then CNN
becomes a "publisher" and fully liable for the contents of the ireports,
but without filtering it is covered by the service provider "safe
harbor" of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
This even though anything that goes from the web page to air is vetted,
and only a limited number of designated people are allowed to "bless"
these "vetted" ireports.
Over time, it's become clear this ireport thing is an unmitigated
catastrophe, and there is increasing resistance from the producers to
putting it on the TV and promoting it despite a ton of pressure from
management to do so. For example I get a couple of emails daily
"suggesting" ireports to put on air.
This morning I was going to have to put one from Spain [innocuous, about
people being happy Spain won, but a total waste of time] in my 8am show
when at the last minute we saw that Fidel thing and ... unfortunately
... the ireport had to be "floated" to make room.
Now to make the problem worse, the separate domain name ireport.com has
been shut down and redirected to a section of CNN's main web site,
ireport.CNN.com, giving even more credibility to this crap. And it is crap.
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