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Rupert Murdoch's "Moral Values"

Reported by Melanie - December 13, 2005

Today (December 13, 2005), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined DirecTV, owned by Fox News' parent company News Corp., "$5.34 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming." If the settlement is approved by a federal judge, the fine would be the largest civil penalty ever assessed in a consumer protection case. "In all 17 previously settled no-call cases, the FTC assessed just $808.500 in penalties."

Comment: DirecTV's actions must have been extraordinarily arrogant if the FTC's fine is so much larger than any fine assessed in the past. Ah yes, News Corp. - ignore the law, throw ethics out the window, and never mind whether you irritate, disrespect, or abuse people - do whatever it takes to make money. (And no, I didn't hear about this on Fox News.)

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