The Fox in the journalism henhouse

The U.S. House will vote today on a bill that would strip all federal funding from National Public Radio. NPR has been a favorite target of the Lying Right for years; Representative Michael Grimm (Republican–naturally–from New York) summarizes the conservative party-line:

“It is clear we cannot tolerate, or afford, the continued spending of tax dollars on this type of prejudice, intolerance and negative stereotyping,”

Hmmm. Let’s take a look at, oh, say, Fox News:

  • It has employed Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum–all probable 2012 Republican presidential candidates–as paid “analysts”. (That’s a lot of free air time.)
  • The Fox News parent company has donated, or coordinated donation of, millions of dollars to conservative political action committees and GOP fronts.
  • Fox News regularly distorts and twists facts into lies to make reich-wing points

Here’s an interesting pair of videos about Fox News. They’re long but worth listening to:

My favorite quote? Fox News manager Dave: “We just spent three billion dollars on these television stations…the news is what we say it is”.

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3 comments on “The Fox in the journalism henhouse

  1. darkknight9 says:

    Are we funding Fox also?

  2. Nope, we aren’t funding Fox, which is why they can be as biased as they want to be.

    • givesgoodemail says:

      I’d have to take issue with allowing Fox News to be biased. They market themselves as a news journalism organization. To that end, journalism, defined as “the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business”, deals with facts.

      Fox Entertainment…er, News, for the most part deals with opinion, political agenda, and an unabashedly conservative distortion of facts and events. That’s not news–that’s ratings whoring.

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