Reinstate the Propaganda Ban - get rid of fake news

  • by: Anonymous
  • recipient: President of the United States, United States Congress

We urge the U.S. Congress to encourage the truthful reporting of the news. Agencies or entities that designate themselves as news providers shall ensure that their communications to the public are truthful. Agencies or entities include but are not limited to the following: newspapers, magazines, television broadcasts, television stations, radio broadcasts, internet news sites, etc. Truthful refers to well-researched information that, to the best of the agency or entity's knowledge, is correct. Statements or commentary that is devoid of research that comports with best journalistic practices shall be fined no less than $25,000. Willfully incorrect information such as propaganda, false speech, unchecked factual accusations, and ad hominem attacks shall be punished by a fine no less than $50,000.

Programs or media outlets which are designated as "Entertainment providers" are exempted from this provision.

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, Public Law 80-402, 62 Stat. 6, Legislation Smith-Mundt Act US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, limited/prohibited the government from propagandizing its own citizens through controlling the narrative. This law was repealed/modified with the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, 112TH Congress 2D Session H. R. 5736, H.R. 5736 (IH) - Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012.... This changed the Smith-Mundt Act by taking away the the government's limit and prohibition of propagandizing its own citizens by controlling the narrative.

To end propagandized Fake News I am proposing this petition to repeal the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, 112TH Congress 2D Session H. R. 5736 which allows for Fake news to be disseminated. 

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