Friday, March 12, 2010

Liar, Liar, Fox News Pants on Fire?



Hello Fox News! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I know you're going to because you made sure to visit the last time I printed something about you. (It shows up in my stats.)

And although I couldn't possibly be a threat with my meager 158 followers, if I should make a habit of criticizing Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck or your newest truth distorter Sarah Palin should I expect an ambush attack by one of your producers?

Just a few articles I found around the web today (I could fill this blog with them for months):

The Examiner.com, Nov. 13 2009
"Sean Hannity of Fox News apologizes for video lies on anti-health care reform rally"

From the Huffington Post, 10/20/09 (Video)
"The Ten Most Egregious Fox News Distortions"

From the White House Blog, Sept. 30, 2009
 "Reality Check: Turning a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame"

From Veterans for Common Sense, August 26, 2009
Fox News Caught Telling Lies About VA

Headline from the Huffington Post, 3/20/08:
"Fox News Publishes False "Black Panther" Endorsement of Obama"

From Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, 5/21/01
"Irresistible Lies: Fox News on White House "Vandalism"

In 2004, before he became a U.S. senator, Al Franken wrote a well-researched and critically acclaimed book called Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. It featured photographs of several Fox News commentators on the cover and Fox News attempted to block its distribution by claiming that the use of the words "fair and balanced" violated its trademark. They lost that one. But they've used any excuse to try to discredit Franken since including this incident in December 2009. More lies.

The entire country, in fact, a lot of the western world, is watching what is happening in American politics and on American TV with horror. Nobody is happy with this. Paul and I sat down with a right wing Republican friend in Taylor today and even she admitted that she cannot stand to watch the news, the political grandstanding and blatant lying. "It isn't necessary" she said. "It just puts everyone on edge."

We see the fall-out from the public perception that anything anyone says is suspect. We see how easy it is to cast aspersions on another person on our television screens every night of the week and on Facebook this week it seemed that we and several of our friends had become hyper-sensitive to anything that even hinted at similar tricks being used in our threads. We're fed up. We're tired of these tactics. Truth in media is essential in a real democracy. Around the web -- as I found out today -- a lot of us are starting to fight Rupert Murdoch to get our country back.

2 comments:

margihealing said...

Here in Australia we used to believe in a 'fair go' for all...but the combined news and opinion-making media here are now also driven by something else. Truth-in-reporting no longer seems to exist in our democracies, certainly not within the mainstream media.

BroadSnark said...

Support independent media!!!!