Fox News: Turning the First Amendment into a joke since 1996.

July 24, 2008

The rapper Nas has lately joined the protest against Fox News for what he and other African Americans view as negative portrayal of their people. I think it’s great that Nas and a precious few other people (like Keith Olbermann, for example) are willing to take Fox News on for its regular use of inaccuracies, lies and out-and-out slander.

Last I checked, we’re out of the ’40s, when the media and the propaganda machine were one and the same. Our news channels should be running news, not propaganda to suit the agenda of whatever political party has enough clout and money.

Our country has forgotten entirely about the Fairness Doctrine. Yes, the regulation that required nothing more of broadcasters than that they offer balanced and honest viewpoints on controversial issues was assaulted and killed by conservatives in the ’80s. Ah, the conservative definitions of freedom are so wonderfully loose sometimes, aren’t they? Americans should be free to push whatever lies they want on television, should be free from taxation, should be free to engage in whatever manner of unregulated business they wish, even if that business is monopolizing (energy, for example) and gouging consumers who want nothing more than electricity for their homes and gas for their cars — but they damn well can’t be free to have abortions, to marry people of the same gender, to have guaranteed health care, to be sufficiently informed of their country’s reasoning for war before it goes to war. Ah, freedom, how open to redefinition you are.

But we were talking about Fox News.

How does Fox News get away with seeing Barack Obama do a fist pound with his wife — a greeting or sign of congratulations that any young person in this country can tell you has absolutely no negative implications — a “terrorist fist jab” is pure insanity. My question is, why doesn’t Barack Obama sue them? If it’s not slander to call someone a terrorist, please tell me what is. On top of that, they insinuate not-so-subtly that Obama is a Muslim, while simultaneously lambasting him over comments by his reverend. How do they get away with this? How do the American people let them get away with this? How does Fox News not get WAY more flak for calling Michelle Obama “Barack Obama’s Baby Mama?” There’s a small protest, sure, but where’s the nationwide outrage, like there was against Don Imus for his “nappy-headed hoes” joke? At least Imus was trying to make a joke, if a bad one, and wasn’t supposed to be presenting news. Fox “News” is supposed to be a news channel, and it needs to be held to the same standards as anyone else.

But look at them.

“Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote,” a Fox News spokesperson said, according to a Billboard.com article.

Fox News has no remorse. If you tell them that they’re doing something wrong, they respond by not admitting they’re doing something wrong and hinting that you have a hidden agenda. Does anyone really think that Nas needs to promote his new album? It debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and sold over 180,000 copies in its first week. I think it’s doing pretty well on his own. Maybe Nas is just a little bit upset that Fox News is notoriously racist in its coverage of Obama, not to mention other people — Democrats and people who are anti-war, primarily.

What can we do? What can we do against such a deeply entrenched machine that has the eyes and ears of a huge portion of the American public and feeds them misinformation that they eat right up? We can’t start our own channel, is for sure, because we’d only be preaching to the choir, while Fox News continues to use “liberal” as a bad word.

Here are some excerpts from the definition of “liberal,” according to Merriam-Webster: “marked by generosity”; “not literal or strict”; “broad-minded; especially: not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms.”

I think Fox News could use a lot more liberalism. But don’t tell them that, ’cause they won’t listen.

Who will?

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4 Responses to “Fox News: Turning the First Amendment into a joke since 1996.”

  1. jess said

    “The Move On organization espouses a radical left agenda and attacks those who oppose that nonsense,” O’Reilly said. “The latest smear from Move On is telling their Kool-Aid-drinking zombie followers that Fox News is smearing Barack Obama and is a racist concern. Of course, that’s a lie. This broadcast and FNC in general have been exceedingly fair to Senator Obama. … But in order to intimidate anyone from criticizing Obama in any way, Move On is playing the race card.”

    yeah, I can’t even make that kind of crap up

  2. itsmetsforme said

    Ok but what does this have to do with the first place NEW YORK METS?

    Faux sucks, at news, but especially at sports. Murdoch’s assault on journalism cannot be discounted, but their news bureau is not and will never be taken seriously by serious people. Joe Buck on the other hand is taken quite seriously. For my money, Faux sports is the most insidious arm of the Murdoch machine. Joe Buck Must Be Stopped!! Who’s with me?

  3. SPP said

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