A derogatory term applied to the Fox Entertainment Group‘s television news channel owned by Rupert Murdoch. Fox reports itself “fair and balanced,” (TM) either wholeheatedly or in comparison to the reportedly left-leaning media sources such as CNN and BBC. Many consider it the denizen of the far right and the Republican party. Among them, many media watch groups, liberals and left-wing groups, find the channel to be an extremely conservative propaganda machine.
Another derogatory term includes “Fox Jews” due to their a strong suppport for Israel, considered by many strategists to be the US political gateway into the Middle East. Jewish, white, and southern demographics are their main target audiences, as well as military audience scattered around the globe.
Owner Rupert Murdoch is similarly questionable, courting Chinese media interests by censoring much of the broadcasts taking place on his network. He also owns the New York Post, one-third of British newspapers, and loads of other mass media services. Some eerie parallels existing between him and the late media mogul William Randolph Hearst.
“During the buildup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, all 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialized in favor of the war.  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,897015,00.html)”
A Closer Look
Fox News has been very successful through a combination of flag-waving and yellow journalism. They present lead hosts such as the vile Brit Hume who tells the families of soldiers killed in Iraq to “just get over it” and Fred Barnes who muttered “Too bad” for the 9/11 victims relatives.
No doubt the line between propaganda and journalism is very thin. Careful examination will reveal that Faux is all about pacifism. Whether its the ravages of climate change, or the insurgency in Iraq, the rigged Florida ballot, Bush’s, Cheney’s and Rumsfield’s perpetual lying, the Bush’s family ties to Arabian families, Bush’s insider trading deals, Bush’s lack of military duty, the lack of any valid reason to start wars and invade soveriegn lands, the unexplained questions about jet fighters on 9/11, the lack of duty by those responsible on 9/11, the suspect wall st transactions done on 8/11, the links between OBL and the Taliban before 9/11 or other conflicts of interests the overwhelming mood is one of supression.
If these broadcasters aren’t heavily moderating information they exagerate things like Ronald Reagan’s legacy, the strength of Bush’s leadership, ties between Bin Laden and Al Queada, UN “oil for food” programme, those damn Iranian nukes and the ever tragic missing person or murder stories. These distortions align directly, practically in precision alignment with the direction and ideology of the Republican Party. If they aren’t supressing or exagerating they will tend to trivalise, usually with humour and an inferior smile or grin. This careful rhetorical juggling act faces difficulties during unpredictable events when outcomes are undetermined. Viewers can easily see the different unprepared format when there is a lack of scripts for presenters and interviewers.
Depraved of any reasonable sensibilities, presenters, hosts and guests on this network regularly advocate the abandonment of international human rights laws for example, locking up people without charge, the promotion of the use of collective punishment and the dismissal of the United Nations as a security provider. They rarely give a damn about civil rights and cannot stop instilling fear towards anything divergent. Some of the hosts even have the audacity to suggest that they could be wrong.
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Anti–free speech Issues
- Bill O’Reilly – top-rated who thinks people with differing views should shut up (see footage of him doing it Quicktime and Windows Media). Recently apologized for supporting the Iraq invasion.
- Fox sues Al Franken and the case is dropped.
- Another lawsuit concerning a Web site (AgitProperties.com) based out of Austin, TX selling “Fox News: We distort, you comply” tee shirts.
- More Lawsuits towards parody Web sites:
Media Watch Groups
- Quote: “The questions persist: Can a news network with executives and on-screen talent so conspicuously and so heavily right of center fulfill a promise of delivering “fair and balanced” news, information, and opinion? Does the oft-repeated slogan “We report. You decide” accurately describe how the network delivers news? … Is the output of Fox News Channel, in its totality, truly “fair” and “balanced”? The answer is a qualified no.”
- Quote: “… a curious thing happened: Instead of denouncing it, conservative politicians and activists lavished praise on the network.
- Fact-Free News – report covering confusion of the average Faux News viewer.
- Quote: “The researchers then asked where the respondents most commonly went to get their news. The fair and balanced folks at Fox, the survey concludes, were “the news source whose viewers had the most misperceptions.” Eighty percent of Fox viewers believed at least one of these un-facts; 45 percent believed all three.”
- Newsounds – Weblog watching FOX so you don’t have to
- Outfoxed – Movie about FOX by Moveon.org.
- The media can legally lie.
- Faux-News.com – Satirizes right-wing journalism and politics.
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