America Is Uniting - Against Fox News

Any fair-minded observer of American media is well aware of the intrinsic bias of Fox News. It is a bias that is recognized by journalists and scholars, analysts and amateurs. Even Fox no longer tries to pawn the euphemistic "fair and balanced" nonsense off on their viewers. They now cast themselves as "the most powerful name in news." That slogan should provoke an obvious question: Is "power" something that is desirable in a news network?

Many divergent camps in politics and media are answering that question with a resounding "NO!" Those camps may now be coalescing into a united front that shares a healthy disrespect for Fox News.

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It hardly needs mentioning that progressives view Fox as a festering boil that serves only to stain the otherwise honorable pursuit of journalism. Democrats like John Edwards and Barack Obama decline to appear on the network. As a result, the network has escalated their already derogatory coverage, going so far as to refer to them as "fools" for having the temerity to steer clear of Fox's venom.

Having alienated the Left, Fox has now set its sights on estranging their natural allies on the Right. This approach began with the exclusion of Ron Paul from a Fox debate co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Republican Party. Not surprisingly, Paul's supporters were aghast, along with others who saw the blatantly prejudicial intent on the part of Fox News. Paul commented on the affair saying...

"They are scared of me and don’t want my message to get out, but it will. They are propagandists for this war and I challenge them on the notion that they are conservative."

Paul may have something there. While it is plain that everything Rupert Murdoch touches reeks of rightist propaganda, Fox viewers actually appear to be more loyal to Fox than to Republicans or conservatism (see The Cult Of Foxonality™). The New Hampshire debate went on without Paul and without the state Republican Party who withdrew their sponsorship in protest of Fox's candidate exclusions.

Long-time conservative icon, Richard Viguerie had this to say about Fox:

"While Fox has ended the Democratic monopoly in TV news, it is becoming disturbingly clear that it is perpetuating the pro-Big Government monopoly in TV news."

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is peeved at Fox's coverage of him which he thinks is excessively negative:

"This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth. [...] for you to highlight nothing but the negatives in terms of the polls and then put on your own guys who have been predicting for four months, really, that I couldn't do it, kind of skew things a little bit. There's a lot of other opinion out there."

NewsBusters (the right's lame answer to MediaMatters) doesn't think Fox's conservative bona fides are worth much:

"Even the allegedly "conservative" Fox News gave the New York Senator a softball interview."

The freakin' John Birch Society is weighing in with criticism of Fox and their in-house pollster (and serial dissembler) Frank Luntz:

"Whatever Luntz is doing on Fox with his 'focus groups,' its not science and its not even social science. Instead, it is an example of yellow journalism and nearly undisguised political propaganda designed to be misleading and manipulative."

So Ron Paul, Richard Viguerie, Fred Thompson, NewsBusters, the Republican Party, and the John Birch Society have come together in recognition that, whatever it is that Fox does, it isn't news. They are now in an uneasy harmony with most of the progressive end of the political spectrum. Perhaps now they will join us in shunning the network that is more focused on its own welfare than on the ethical practice of their craft.

A network consumed with bias, that revels in its own "power," is dangerous to all of its potential subjects and to democracy itself. The state of journalism, and of the union, is greatly enhanced by this unity against media corruption. And our nation could only benefit if we can all get together and expel Fox News from the body politic. On that count we may owe Fox a debt of gratitude for uniting such far flung elements of society behind a frothing opposition to Fox itself. Thanks.

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Fox is a uniter - uniting us against Fox.

Aaron Barlow's thoughts on how the media created the narrative of the "losing candidate" Again, with the Narrative. GreyHawk's contributes some interesting counterpoints and commentary there as well.

I thought Moyers dug into the debate exclusions and the role of corporate media (aka power media) in his interviews with Paul, Kucinich and Kathleen Jamieson (Director of the Anneberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Anneberg School for Communication)-- I posted my thoughts on it here Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, the Corporate Media Debates and Presidential Politics in 2008.

Bill Moyers' full transcript is on the NPR site

January 04, 2008 transcript

One of the best ways to demonstrate that Fux is not the most powerful name in news is for the DNC to bar them from any press box privilege at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.