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FTC To Go After Bloggers That Make False Claims
NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2009 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 06/22/2009 4:09:14 AM PDT by Zakeet

In today's "Truly Delicious Irony" segment, the Federal Trade Commission, just months after so-called journalists decided who should win a presidential primary and subsequent election, is going to begin going after bloggers who make false claims about products and/or don't fully disclose conflicts of interest.

Imagine that.

As reported by the Associated Press Sunday:

New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest.

It would be the first time the FTC tries to patrol systematically what bloggers say and do online. The common practice of posting a graphical ad or a link to an online retailer — and getting commissions for any sales from it — would be enough to trigger oversight.

"If you walk into a department store, you know the (sales) clerk is a clerk," said Rich Cleland, assistant director in the FTC's division of advertising practices. "Online, if you think that somebody is providing you with independent advice and ... they have an economic motive for what they're saying, that's information a consumer should know."

Shouldn't the same standard apply to journalists reporting the news? If the FTC is concerned about the motives of bloggers, then what about a reporter's agenda when sharing the events of the day? Shouldn't the reader or viewer be made aware of that as well?

That asked, try to keep a straight face as you read the following:

As blogging rises in importance and sophistication, it has taken on characteristics of community journalism — but without consensus on the types of ethical practices typically found in traditional media.

Journalists who work for newspapers and broadcasters are held accountable by their employers, and they generally cannot receive payments from marketers and must return free products after they finish reviewing them.

Ethical practices typically found in traditional media? Journalists who work for newspapers and broadcasters are held accountable by their employers?

Really? On what planet?

That asked, might I suggest that as the FTC begins monitoring bloggers for undisclosed conflicts of interest they start doing the same thing to the traditional media outlets that have thoroughly abdicated any journalistic integrity the past few years.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloggers; ftc; lping; mediabias; msm; rapeofliberty

Something to keep in mind when dealing with the government.

1 posted on 06/22/2009 4:09:14 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
"...but without consensus on the types of ethical practices typically found in traditional media."

What a joke.
2 posted on 06/22/2009 4:12:38 AM PDT by dajeeps
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To: Zakeet

This is the real reason why Obama stuck his head up his ass during the Iranian massacre.

Because he hates free speech and is on the side of anyone who wants to crush free speech.


3 posted on 06/22/2009 4:14:27 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Zakeet

Those FCC guidelines are evidence in a sanity hearing of FCC members. I mean really! It’s quite delusional what they’re shoveling.


4 posted on 06/22/2009 4:15:29 AM PDT by rvoitier
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To: Zakeet

So... bottom line they will go after you if you dare say anything negative about 0bama or democRATS?


5 posted on 06/22/2009 4:17:58 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: bamahead

ping


6 posted on 06/22/2009 4:18:49 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Zakeet

What about politicians who make false claims?


7 posted on 06/22/2009 4:25:07 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: Zakeet

Anyone want to bet that liberal blogs will somehow NOT be monitored?


8 posted on 06/22/2009 4:31:01 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Zakeet

Obama was born in the United States.

Am I in trouble now?


9 posted on 06/22/2009 4:37:12 AM PDT by huldah1776 ( Worthy is the Lamb)
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To: Zakeet
They should start with whatever blog it was that posted that "birth certificate"!

ML/NJ

10 posted on 06/22/2009 5:01:47 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Zakeet
Journalists who work for newspapers and broadcasters are held accountable by their employers, and they generally cannot receive payments from marketers and must return free products after they finish reviewing them.

One helluva tough standard. I returned those Goodyear tires after roadtesting them for 40,000 miles. Along with that TomTom GPS system. And got new review copies in exchange. And I did appreciate those speaking fees I got at their awards dinner in Hilton Head (first class air and hotel included.)

Gimme a break.

11 posted on 06/22/2009 5:05:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yes, but I spent a night at the holiday Inn!


12 posted on 06/22/2009 5:14:40 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: Zakeet
Obama to control blog stuff he doesn't like----FTC plans to monitor blogs. Now read this WH policy statement released late afternoon, so we would not notice our free speech is being chilled.

Update on Recovery Act Lobbying Rules: New Limits on Special Interest Influence
White House Blog
FRIDAY, MAY 29TH, 2009 AT 5:35 PM

Posted by Jesse Lee. Another update from Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, in the spirit of transparency as always:

I am writing with an update on the President’s March 20, 2009 Memorandum on Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds. Section 3 of the Memorandum required all oral communications between federally registered lobbyists and government officials concerning Recovery Act policy to be disclosed on the Internet; barred registered lobbyists from having oral communications with government officials about specific Recovery Act projects or applications and instead required those communications to be in writing; and also required those written communications to be posted on the Internet.

That Memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review the initial 60 days of implementation of the stimulus lobbying restrictions, to evaluate the data, and to recommend modifications.

Following OMB’s review, the Administration has decided to make a number of changes to the rules that we think make them even tougher on special interests and more focused on merits-based decision making.

First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.

Second, we will focus the restriction on oral communications to target the scenario where concerns about merit-based decision-making are greatest –after competitive grant applications are submitted and before awards are made. Once such applications are on file, the competition should be strictly on the merits. To that end, comments (unless initiated by an agency official) must be in writing and will be posted on the Internet for every American to see.

Third, we will continue to require immediate internet disclosure of all other communications with registered lobbyists. If registered lobbyists have conversations or meetings before an application is filed, a form must be completed and posted to each agency’s website documenting the contact.

OMB will be consulting with agencies, outside experts and others about these principles and will publish detailed guidance, but we wanted to update interested parties on the outcome of the initial review. We consulted very broadly both within and outside of government (including as reflected in previous posts on the White House blog) and we are grateful to all those who participated in the process.

WEB SITE http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Update-on-Recovery-Act-Lobbying-Rules-New-Limits-on-Special-Interest-Influence/

13 posted on 06/22/2009 5:16:24 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve been telling people about Zicam and the tremendous increase in explosive upper body strength that I experienced as a result of taking the product just to clear up a bad cold. Now, I guess I won’t be able to talk about it anymore online.


14 posted on 06/22/2009 5:19:52 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
"So... bottom line they will go after you if you dare say anything negative about 0bama or democRATS?"

Not yet.
I think right now this is aimed more toward, as an example, the blogger who is pitching the diet aid de jour and is hiding the fact that the manufacturer is paying him to say it.

Newbusters is wrong about "Shouldn't the same standard apply to journalists reporting the news?" though. It's a slippery slope to start investigating the blogosphere and if they start doing it with something that seems in the public interest such as advertising it is a shorter step to shutting down the "hate website" Free Republic.

15 posted on 06/22/2009 5:20:28 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Wilum
Careful, that sounds like an endorsement. Unless you can produce receipts and show a legitimate business reason for staying a "the" Holiday Inn [Express], you may generally be violation of FTC regulations and subject to fines, imprisonment and loss of posting privileges. Be careful, sucker, we got our eyes on you Freepers.
16 posted on 06/22/2009 5:21:18 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: Artemis Webb

A libel jury determined that the Boston Globe had lied about a criminal matter involving Massachusetts Governor Ed King, then in a primary battle with Mike “the good” Dukakis, who put the lieing in Brookline. They didn’t award damages, since they determined the lies didn’t hurt him (?), even though he wound up losing the primary to the Duke. The plaintiff had to show “actual malice”, that the Globe knew, or reasonably should have known that the stories were false and the jury found that they did. I hope they die.


17 posted on 06/22/2009 5:27:35 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: Zakeet

How much you want to bet the Birther blogs are the first to go?


18 posted on 06/22/2009 5:29:52 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

How much you want to bet the Birther blogs are the first to go?

BINGO!!


19 posted on 06/22/2009 5:30:59 AM PDT by mo
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To: Zakeet

“Journalistic ethics” - is that something like promiscuous virginity?


20 posted on 06/22/2009 5:31:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Liz

>>>>First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process.

Will this cover AIPAC lobbysts who transfer National Security Data to foreign interests?


21 posted on 06/22/2009 5:31:57 AM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: Perdogg; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...



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22 posted on 06/22/2009 5:51:58 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Zakeet

Obama’s blogger czar ... batter up!

...bloggers, the Dinosaur media’s last great hope! soon to change.


23 posted on 06/22/2009 5:55:24 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Zakeet
They should investigate Obama first, just about every time he opens his pie hole
the market drops.
24 posted on 06/22/2009 5:55:42 AM PDT by MaxMax (America's population is 304-Million. Obama must punish America for the other 4.7 Billion)
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To: samtheman
Because he hates free speech and is on the side of anyone who wants to crush free speech.

and, as others have said here in so many words, 'he fears seeing protesters against oppressive regimes succeed (at anything)'.

25 posted on 06/22/2009 5:59:38 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Calpernia
Will this cover AIPAC lobbysts who transfer National Security Data to foreign interests?

Bite your tongue. Perish the thought. It's a good thing that Obama cleared Rahm's pals AIPAC and Harman of all wrongdoing.........BEFORE implementing the policy for us peons. Read on.

THE NEVERENDING STORY

CIRCA 2009 Cong Jane Harman is caught on tape vowing to take action for AIPAC spies in exchange for AIPAC‘s pulling political strings to make her chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

BACKSTORY---CIRCA 2006 AIPAC and the case against Cong Jane Harman goes a lot deeper, and is related to the staffer who leaked national security material to persons not entitled to receive it.

Important new details of the US-Israeli espionage case involving Larry Franklin the alleged Pentagon spy (who was later convicted), two AIPAC insiders, and an intelligence official at the Embassy of Israel emerged (circa 2006).

Two AIPAC officials—--said to have left the organization but may still be drawing salaries---were indicted along with Franklin on charges of "communicat[ing] national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it."

In plain English, that means spying.

But as the full text of the indictment makes clear, the conspiracy involved not just Franklin and AIPAC insiders Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, but at least several other Pentagon officials who played intermediary roles, at least two other Israeli officials, and one official at a Washington, DC think tank.

It's an old-fashioned spy story involving the passing of secret documents, hush-hush meetings and outright espionage, along with good-old-boy networking. But the network tied to the "Franklin case"—--which ought to be called the "AIPAC case," since it was AIPAC that was actually under investigation—--provides an important window into a shadowy world.

It is clear that by probing the details of the case, the FBI had hold of a dangerous loose end of much larger story.

By pulling on that string hard enough, the FBI and the Justice Department might just unravel that larger story.

As fraudster Madoff demonstrated, it's real easy to wave off investigations of one's criminal activities. All you do is claim L/E is anti-Semitic, and demand the snoopy investigators be fired. Sure enough, L/E will back off and some will even lose their jobs.

It is beginning to look more and more like the same nexus of Pentagon civilians, White House functionaries, and American Enterprise Institute officials who thumped the drums for war in Iraq in 2001-2003 and who are whipping up anti-Iranian frenzy, as well.

"Whipping up frenzy" is not just a Democrat sport. Neocons who took-over the Bush presidency were really, really good at frenzy-whipping. Trillions of US dollars and rivers of young American blood blanketed the decrepit hellholes of the Mideast, thanks to the neopunks.

Obama's closest advisors-----Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Dennis Ross, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton----reflect a neocon orientation, even though none of them are actually card-carrying neocons.

OBAMA'S SEX LIFE TO IMPROVE I understand Rahm is installing an automated Take-A-Number machine to control traffic under Obama's desk---the Bush neocon contingent kneels to whomever has the power.

==========================================

There----don't you feel safer now?

26 posted on 06/22/2009 7:02:47 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: bamahead
The *FTC is going after the WWW, eh?
HA!!
Great job security for the hoards of FTC bureaucrats.

Since zerO & Co came to town every single governmental interest has been securing their own future, at the cost of our liberties, to one degree or another.

These governmental departments & agencies, these *things* at both state & federal level, have attained consciousness. The "Public Servant" pupated into the "Public Master" and there doesn't appear to be a damned thing anyone can do about *It*, either.

27 posted on 06/22/2009 7:12:37 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: Zakeet

Does this mean that when Sony and other companies in Big Media pay bloggers to pimp their products online on forums, they will have to disclose their paid blogger list?


28 posted on 06/22/2009 7:58:17 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

How much you want to bet the Birther blogs are the first to go?
____________
Anything you want to bet. That’s your what you hope, it’s not going to happen.


29 posted on 06/22/2009 8:17:13 AM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: mojitojoe
Anything you want to bet. That’s your what you hope, it’s not going to happen.

I have no doubt that's what they're thinking. I agree that the chances of it actually happening are slim.

30 posted on 06/22/2009 8:37:13 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: huldah1776
Just a side note.
John McCain was born in Panama. Just sayin’.
31 posted on 06/22/2009 8:51:21 AM PDT by Potential Official (If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull to the side of the road.)
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To: Liz

Related background to post 26:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/motherofallscandals.html?q=motherofallscandals.html

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/blackmail.html

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm


32 posted on 06/22/2009 9:06:35 AM PDT by Calpernia (DefendOurFreedoms.Org)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
In the interest of full disclosure:
As a natural born citizen, voter, and taxpayer, I am part owner of the FTC.

33 posted on 06/22/2009 1:51:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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