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Old 04-03-2003, 05:08 PM   #1
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Fox News Channel: Bad for Children and Other Living Things

My father is obsessed with watching the war coverage on FNC. He puts it on as soon as he gets home from work and watches it until he goes to bed, unless my stepmother and I intervene for an hour or so. I say this so no one can tell me that I don't like FNC just because of who is on it, or because of what the people at Salon say about it or something. I have actually watched FNC war coverage at great length.

That said: FNC disgusts me. The fact that they're using Newt Gingrich and Oliver North as commentators should tell you something right off the bat. I think they are among the worst examples of propagandistic, jingoistic, pro-war, pro-Bush journalism there is. "Fair" and "accurate" my ass.

I'm not saying that I love CNN or ABC or any other news coverage out there. I think a lot of the war journalists strike me as self-aggrandizing and sensationalistic. But I am calling out FNC as among the worst. And to tell you the truth, I get most of my news from FYM these days--because at least here I know I will get every conceivable side of the story (sometimes ad nauseam, but that's okay. )

Okay, conservatives, take your shots. I've said my peace.
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I couldn't agree more. It's the most biased reporting around. Oli North, you've got to be kidding? Murdock wouldn't allow anything else.

MSNBC must be trying to compete for the same audiences. They just hired Michael Savage for an hour show. Here are some of his quotes:

Savage routinely refers to non-white countries as "turd world nations" and charges that the U.S. "is being taken over by the freaks, the cripples, the perverts and the mental defectives"(San Francisco Bay Guardian, 9/20/00).
In a recent broadcast he justified ethnic slurs as a national security tool: "We
need racist stereotypes right now of our enemy in order to encourage our warriors to kill the enemy," he explained (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6/03).

"Turd world" immigrants are a frequent target of Savage's anger: "You open the door to them, and the next thing you know, they are defecating on your country and breeding out of control" (Oregonian, 4/24/02).

At times Savage's arguments echo the conspiratorial scapegoating of the white supremacist movement: "With the [Latino] population that has emerged, since they breed like rabbits, in many cases the whites will become a minority in
their own nation... The white people don't breed as often for whatever reason. I guess many homosexuals are involved. That is also part of the grand plan, to push homosexuality to cut down on the white race" (San Francisco Bay Guardian, 9/20/00).

Commenting on the "Million Mom March" in favor of gun control (which he dubbed the "Million Dyke March"), he dismissed organizers' reference to American children killed by guns (5/15/00): "They're not kids, they're ghetto slime... they're the same kids that are in Sierra Leone toting AK47s."

I find this kind of hatemongering very offensive.
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Shepard Smith really SCARES me-he is one of the most frightening people on TV
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Yuck! I'm not liking these journalists either. I just don't like their take on things.......not fair to me.
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I can't leave any Fox channel on with children in the house. Even during football season, I need to be ready to change the channel in case they start promoting one of the Fox shows.


And does this really surprise us? From the network that brought us multiple episodes of "When Animals Attack"........
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I was watching the Daily Show on Comedy Central the other day, and Jon Stewart was talking about Iraqi tv.. he said "Imagine, a government having an entire station to promote their own agenda!" and then it cut to the Fox News intro.

I laughed so hard my roomie thought there was something wrong with me.
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I am proud to say I have not once, turned on the FOX News Station. I spend more time reading articles out here, and in FYM than I do looking at the TV.
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Wow, no FNC fans here?

::applauds FYM enthusiastically::

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well, to be fair, come up with some specific examples where they are not "fair" or "accurate"
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I love Fox news. Applaud that.
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Protesters Demand FOX News be accountable to the public
by Camille Sauvé Thursday April 03, 2003 at 05:03 PM


Over 70 people protested in front of Fox News' Battery Street Station to demand that Fox tell the truth about the human toll of the Iraq war and not rely solely on official sources or their supporters for information


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Over 70 people protested in front of Fox News' Battery Street Station to condemn Fox's coverage of the Iraq war claiming that Fox is a voicebox for Pentagon propaganda, excludes anti-war voices and doesn't show the tragic human toll on Iraqi civilians.

Protesters also demanded that Fox give Geraldo, Bill O'Reilly and Oliver North pink slips for their irresponsible, jingoistic and threatening commentary (O'Reilly recently said protesters were terrorist and should be locked-up for a long time). Women from Code Pink next took off their pink slips with the names of the offending "journalist" and tossed the lingerie outside of the stations doors.

Code Pink then attempted to get a representative from Fox to come down and receive a list of their suggestions for responsible journalism, including a college news reporting textbook to learn the basics. Fox did not respond with a representative.
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I love Fox news, also.
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Quote:
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(O'Reilly recently said protesters were terrorist and should be locked-up for a long time)
this is a flat out lie
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