Just curious: is there any specific law against the spread of misinformation, even in fictional media? Take a movie like Silence of the Lambs. For an audience, Jodie Foster's character is the "good" protaganist; every factual statement out of her mouth is eminently believable. So if the screenwriters had her say something patently false, something not easily confirmed (a faulty chemical reaction, for instance) but used just for the sake of drama -- is there any penalty for that? What about a website that gives completely erroneous information on serious topics -- can they get shut down? Anyways, back to what's pertinent. News media are required to correct any mistakes immediately when discovered; so what about CNBC? Are they considered a "soft" news channel? When Bob the Stallion Pisani says stocks are going down because of X when it's obviously not the reason at all, can't he and CNBC be held liable for misinformation? Or is it more like the weather report or The Enquirer?