Sunday, October 18, 2009

Un-American Broadcasting Company

I haven't been reading Newsweek since they decided to go after the right wing readership, so I was surprised to stumble across Jacob Weisberg's The O’Garbage Factor posted there. The subheading sums it up: "Fox News isn't just bad. It's un-American." It's worth a read in full but this graf really hammers the point I've been trying to make to the journos I harrass on Twitter.
Whether the White House engages with Fox is a tactical political question. Whether we journalists continue to do so is an ethical one. By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations. Respectable journalists—I'm talking to you, Mara Liasson—should stop appearing on its programs. A boycott would make Ailes too happy, so let's try just ignoring Fox, shall we? And no, I don't want to come on The O'Reilly Factor to discuss it.
Weisberg is right on. It's all well and good for the White House and us DFHs to shout out the obvious. Fox News is a living lie brought into the homes of America 24/7 every single day. But we can't repair the damage they cause on our own. As long their peers continue to treat them as a legitimate news source that deserves to be taken seriously, not only are they complicit, they're contributing to the demise of the industry that provides their own livelihood.

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Blogger davemartin7777 said...

Fox News aka, The Jesus Channel/ GOP TV/ The Glorious Official Republican Government News Network.

While Fox News has the highest ratings, it’s also the same group of people that make up just 20% of America’s electorate… the far right-wing of the GOP.

There will always be an audience for the far right and that’s Rupert Murdock’s Fox News demographic.

Rupert keeps them frothing at the mouth with manufactured fear and GOP talking-points, phony outrage.

Fox is also a right-wing echo chamber.. notice that when “The Wall Street Journal”, “The Weekly Standard” people are on Fox News there’s never disclosure that these people are all Rupert Murdock employees.

Imagine if MSNBC or CNN did this… I don’t know how Fox News gets way with constantly recycling Rupert Murdock’s employees (sockpuppets) from his various media properties.

There’s hardly a word on the “MSM” about Murdock’s world wide (far right-wing) media empire.

Murdock has a lot of influence, example: all of his various sockpuppets, Hannity, Beck, etc, and all of Murdock’s worldwide media holdings trash global warming, President Obama and anything else right-wing Rupert Murdock dislikes.

I think that press and especially individual journalists are deathly afraid of Rupert Murdock and what he can do to them professionally.

Rupert Murdock is the new William Randolph Hearst.

Another thing, Sarah Palin, who is a favorite among the Faux News/ Right-wing crowd is getting Rupert Murdock’s wingnut welfare.

Palin’s (Rupert Murdock’s ghostwriter) book publisher is HarperCollins… a wholly owned Rupert Murdock subsidiary, you ‘betcha.

Also, there should be an award given to the guy that writes the ominous, scary music for Fox News... he's obviously a full-time employee.

No seriously... whenever there's a special where Rupert Murdock wants to convince Americans that Saddam Hussein has WMD, or that Iran/North Korea is going to attack America tomorrow, or a Hannity or Beck segment where they want to scare their right-wing audience (even more) there's always that ominous music to go along with the story.

It's like a scary GOP music video.

4:14:00 PM  
Blogger J Story said...

Don't the Real news outlets get a teensy bit embarrassed by White House praise?

I bet the reporter G. W. Bush called an "asshole" in an open mike still wears the appellation with pride. Are today's Real reporters content only to quiz Obama on his flower arranging? Could that be a reason that Fox News increases its audience?

6:48:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Dave, the scary music thing is the only funny part. Sadly, it seems to be working on people like J Story.

It's useful to remember that no matter how good Fox *News* ratings are, 90% of American is NOT watching, or believing in what they're pushing, at any given moment.

10:16:00 PM  

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