Radio station fined for cash hoax
The FCC has charged a Pittsburgh radio station a $6000 fine
for a Thanksgiving day hoax in which the station told listeners they were giving away one-million dollars to the thirteenth caller. There wasn't actually any money, but they kept one guy on hold for 45 minutes, making him believe he had won.
I can see the FCC's point. A million-dollar prize isn't something that's inherently unbelievable. So for the radio station to claim it had the money when it didn't isn't exactly an amusing hoax. It's more like a blatant lie.
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I'm just surprised the fine was only $6000.
Have you ever found anyone who has benefitted from such a thing? And, who, on close investigation, has not recieved money from the very peopel who are making the claim that the lottery is legitemate? How can you believe people who are being paid to say something?
Yeah, I'm getting sick of the alternative health people . . . The local bunch want iodien taken out of salt, as it doesn't seem to be doing anything and is a dangerous poison.
On more than one occasion when I was involved in a hoax which fooled a media outlet, said outlet would refer to the hoax (after it was revealed) in such a way as to imply that it was akin to the Ocean's Eleven caper. I mean, they're such crack journalists that it takes a virtual ARMY to put one over on them.
If they only knew...