Courts have held that carriers of information, such as phone or telegraph companies, are not liable for the content they carry.
The senders may be liable but I haven't followed cases that closely. I also don't know if the media's talking heads are personally liable.
Tom and Daniel;
I agree with your sentiments but aren't the public also responsible for their delusions? I get the feeling the public delude themselves that these reporters don't lie, or that these reporters ave a conscience the follow.
Remember the1976 movie great, "Network"?
We'll tell you anything you want to hear, we lie like hell.Howard Beale
Thomas, when our delusions are the intended results of the lies children are told in school history courses, justice if not the law requires our responsibility to be lessened.
Except of course that Libertarians are 100% responsible for their delusions.
I remember that movie, but that's not the line I remember. Do you remember that other line?
Justice, if not the law, imposes a fiduciary responsibility on people in certain positions of trust. One instance is that realtors can be held liable even for withholding information.
Is lying, by people in government or in the media, protected by the First Amendment?
The Pentagon Papers case did not decide that question. I have read a lot of First Amendment statutory and case law and haven't seen anything on the subject.
That issue merits some thought.
Soon after the Civil War, laws first protected domestic animals from abuse by pet owners. About a century later, laws first protected human children from abuse by parents.
Laws now protect elders and dependent adults from abuse by care providers. To discourage fraudulent claims, these laws define abuse.
...so someday someone who tweeted a crime will be held in partly responsible of that crime because the tweeter was busy filming the said crime?
I am not at all upset or angry at you and if you inferred that or I implied that I didn't mean to.
It might as well be science fiction if someone is charged with a crime for not stopping a crime. There have been some incidences people who did film a crime but did nothing to stop it in progress. I don't think we are too far off if someday it is a crime to film a crime in progress without stopping it.
I just checked and apparently in Ohio, it is a crime to not report a felony:
"2921.22 Failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death or burn injury.
(1) Except as provided in division (A)(2) of this section, no person, knowing that a felony has been or is being committed, shall knowingly fail to report such information to law enforcement authorities."
There is more but takes up too much space.
I don't know how this works and I don't know what a felony is. Seems you are an expert in these matters and have good arguments for pointing things out. So if I need a lawyer are your services available? :)