Currently, “news” programmes in the USA are constitutionally allowed to lie to their viewers. Perversely it is specifically the wildest and most outrageous liars like Tucker Carlson that are protected because their lies are so over the top that there’s an expectation that the average viewer would be sensible enough to realise they are not being told the news.https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/917747123/you-literally-cant-believe-the-facts-tucker-carlson-tells-you-so-say-fox-s-lawye?t=1653232176134
Should this be allowed? Does the news organisation’s right to free speech extend enough that they can lie, or is the harm they are causing passing around fake information (often fake medical advice, fake news that ignites racial tensions, etc) harmful enough that people have a right to be protected? Or should they simply have a moral/legal obligation to present the truth?