Editor’s Note: The Federal Communications Commission forbids broadcast station licensees to knowingly transmit news concerning what it deems “hoaxes,” or “false information concerning a crime or a catastrophe.” Broadcasters are required to present a disclaimer before news programming that they know to be false.
Given the large number of dubious events over the past several years, particularly probable active shooter drills presented as real events, this theoretically means that many station owners might be in a bind if actual information came to light concerning such events.
In reality the FCC’s regulatory enforcement is lax and license holders may have plenty of wiggle room, especially if the programming originates from the parent network. The dominant culprits, cable news networks such as CNN and FoxNews, aren’t governed by the FCC.
From the FCC’s Website:

The Commission’s prohibition against the broadcast of hoaxes is set forth at Section 73.1217 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1217.

This rule prohibits broadcast licensees or permittees from broadcasting false information concerning a crime or a catastrophe if:

  1. the licensee knows this information is false;
  2. it is foreseeable that broadcast of the information will cause substantial public harm; and
  3. broadcast of the information does in fact directly cause substantial public harm.

Any programming accompanied by a disclaimer will be presumed not to pose foreseeable harm if the disclaimer clearly characterizes the program as a fiction and is presented in a way that is reasonable under the circumstances.

For purposes of this rule, “public harm” must begin immediately, and cause direct and actual damage to property or to the health or safety of the general public, or diversion of law enforcement or other public health and safety authorities from their duties.

The public harm will be deemed foreseeable if the licensee could expect with a significant degree of certainty that public harm would occur.

A “crime” is any act or omission that makes the offender subject to criminal punishment by law.

A “catastrophe” is a disaster or imminent disaster involving a violent or sudden event affecting the public.

Complaints alleging violation of this rule should be sent to the Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Investigations & Hearings Division, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Complaints should include the call sign and community of license of the station, the date and time of the broadcast(s) in question, and a detailed description of the public harm caused as a result of the broadcast. In addition, if possible, complaints should include a transcript or recording of the broadcast in question.

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  1. https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/guides/hoaxes

    Section 73.1217 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1217


    Though this FCC page is titled “Hoaxes”, the cited rule does not mention or define the word “hoax.”

    This would be funny if the public comments submitted on this proposed totalitarian big brother regulation apparently posed no barrier to the rule’s adoption into law.


    Licensees or permittees have no way of “knowing” what is “false information”.

    Substantial public harm is caused when the public is not allowed to have free and open public discourse to try to find out what is factual and what is false about an event which may or may not be a “crime” or a “catastrophe.”

    A licensee cannot broadcast a disclaimer characterizing a program as a “fiction” when the FCC rule does not define “a fiction.”

    Under what circumstances can it be reasonable for a licensee to broadcast something that it disclaims and presents publicly to be “a fiction” and “false information”?

    How can broadcasted “false information” declared to be “a fiction” cause “actual damage to property or to the health or safety of the general public, or diversion of law enforcement or other public health and safety authorities from their duties”?

    It is foreseeable that the licensee could expect with a significant degree of certainty that public harm to the interests of the public in a constitutional republic form of government would occur if the information or data regarding an event could not be openly and freely discussed and evaluated in order to determine its factuality and if logical questions regarding significant inconsistencies and contradictions and omissions in available data regarding an event could not be freely discussed and evaluated in determining whether an event is a crime or a catastrophe of a hoax.

  2. You ‘ll love this one. Here is Howard Stern going after the FCC’s Michael Powell for his dad Colin getting him the job. ON THE AIR! It’s priceless. Michael Powell running the commission paved the way for massive consolidation we have today with 6 massive media empires. That’s how we get the echo chamber news coverage where people have compiled a hundred different newscasters saying exactly the same thing in a continuous stream. It’s mind boggling and frightening. here that is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PlTDeTrELk here is Stern skewering the FCC chairman on air https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzI8iqWHi9I

    1. Penn Magazine is QUALITY.

      Thank you.

      Enjoyed reading about Dorothy Kilgallen

      and most of all

      enjoyed blast-from-the-past Ace Baker and his 2012 video of about the psy-op of planes in New York City on 9-11 with good red pilling information on HOW mind control works.


      08 – The Psy-Opera

      Published on Mar 15, 2012

      Liked combining 9-11 PSY-OP with JFK assassination.
      Those two events need to be tied together in the minds of people right now, hopefully via a good new video with that theme coming out in the very near future.

      Seeing HOW No-Planes has always been the magic key to understanding the intention of our government and media to deceive and control the minds of the people with false events to set the stage for future geo-political scams and how with a few sloppy tricks the people will believe anything.

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