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Fox News Targets Obama

Posted on Feb 22, 2007

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

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By Bobby Boyd, March 12, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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As an American citizen I’ll like to say this. We don’t want to hear negative political slanders this time. We are sick and tired of the networks digging up trash on candidates Democratic and Republicans. We don’t want to know what these guys did in the past especially in their personal lives. We want to know what they plan to contribute as the President of the United States and how they plan to represent us as a nation. Fox you owe this man an public apology. You are only hurting yourselves and the political party you’re trying to represent. Remember, there are some educated voters out here and we are no way stupid. Remember that.
                      Bobby Boyd

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By Alexey C, March 4, 2007 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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What about Fox’s competency and character as a news organization. If they were a pharmaceutical company or a car manufacturer their products would constantly be recalled and their reputation smeared. However, and this applies to any major news network, even when you are wrong, incompetent and outright bias, there is no accountability. The network viewers do not boycott the flawed products they are fed, they are complacent. A one week boycott of Fox or any other new network show would send a strong message that mud slinging will not be tollerated. This is not about bias in terms liberal or conservative, its about bias in journalism. Assumptions, lack fact checking, unsubstatiated claims are a no go. As i stated in my previoius post: what Fox and CNN sometimes peddle as journalism and news would be thrown out by anyone who has taken an intro to journalism class.

Network news is in the entertainment industry. That sentence in itself is sickening. News should not be about entertainment.

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By thomas, March 3, 2007 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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FOX NEWS like other news organizations wants to make a profit. Unfortunately, they also want to promote an ideology and affect the outcome of elections. Their bias is shown day in and day out. The “attack on Obama” is another example.

The simple strategy they use over and over again is based on something I learned in some college courses; I know there are those at FOX who took similar courses. In order for someone to be seen in high regard whether it is a politician, teacher, or CEO they must appear competent and have good character. Character is more important than competency, because people will forgive someone for being somewhat incompetent as long as they appear honest and caring. The RIGHT attacked Bill Clinton’s character all the time. They couldn’t attack his competency because most people believed he was smart, and he supported the same policies that the American people supported.

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By Alexey C, February 28, 2007 at 12:08 am Link to this comment
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RE: John C’s post:

Agreed. I while i did single Fox and CNN I too believe the problem is with the new media culture as a whole. Thank you for your honesty John C about why you like Fox. You acknowledge that Fox has a bias, in your case its favors your political views. But I am sure that there are many people who view major network news as unbiased. My good friend recently pointed out that some of the things that network news and some pring publications get away with would not be tollerated in a high school newspaper. Overall standards are lower in the pros it seems. The word fairness (Fair and Balanced) is redefined by Fox, the word trusted (Most Trusted Name in News) by CNN, both in Orwellian fashion.

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By John C, February 27, 2007 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment
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I can see the point that Alexey C makes. It is a valid point in today’s world. Yet, it is not just CNN or FOX that have decided they must cater to their target markets, but ALL media, starting with the the mainstream. ABC, CBS and NBC are a guilty as the cable news, even more so in my humble opinion. Many “national” newspapers are the same. So, given the reality of the situation how should viewers chose? I can tell you I LIKE FOX because they support my personal beliefs and most times political.

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By Bert, February 25, 2007 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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I think most people are getting pretty tired of FOX these days…if people quit placing sponsorship with them, they’d fold up, and blow away…there’s only 488 OTHER cable channels, now…and the best part OF FOX, as far as I’m concerned, is MAD TV and the cartoons, the rest of it, they can kind of keep..

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By Alexey C, February 25, 2007 at 1:20 am Link to this comment
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The problem is not with Fox, though Fox is a problem; the problem is corporate media, but corporations are not the problem. As suggested above Fox is not really news, nor is CNN, lets stick to these two for now. Corporate media has turned news business into entertainment business (and it was never supposed to be a business to begin with, rather its a public service), as such it is not beholden to journalistic ethos and integrity. Fox is an extreme example of prostituting the fourth check in the American government, the free press. It should not matter which side of the political spectrum you are on when you decide to watch the news. Certain events and actions reported might be directly influenced by politics, but the reporting of news itself should be apolitical. Any opinion a journalist may give, should they care to give one, should be subtitled as commentary or better still, prefixed with the phrase: “in this reporter’s opinion”.
But the blame is not entirely with news anchors and journalists who have sold out. There are still good journalists at CNN as I am sure that there are some at FOX.  Maybe they are just as disgusted about their complicity in slander, either direct or through inaction. Perhaps they rescind to the face of the new media The problem is that there is demand for the smut that these networks peddle. Al Franken maybe an ass, but he is right to equate this kind of reporting as political pornography. We have to ask ourselves why millions of people keep tuning it to watch the Entertainment Tonight version of the news. Can we blame corporate media on delivering what the public wants or appears to want. Absolutely. Journalism in any context, global or local; independent or corporate has a special role in this country. Freedom of the press grants protection as well as endowing the press with great responsibility. It is disgraceful to see what is happening to news media. The dying out of investigative journalism. A world where sensationalism and ratings rule. There are countries where the press is censored or under tight control of the governing party and when we see it we cry out about how undemocratic they are, how civil liberties do not exist there. Yet we allow for even worse transgressions to occur on our own soil. The freedom of press clause of the first Amendment is defiled, not only when courts refuse to respect the journalist shield laws, but when the public allows pseudo journalists go unchallenged. It not about bias its about accountability and integrity. For shame.

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By kath cantarella, February 24, 2007 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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That’s reassuring about Obama’s character. He must be doing something right.

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By Gary Maxwell, February 24, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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To call what FOX airs “news” is a joke. FOX is just a slimy group of political hatchet men.

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By Quy Tran, February 23, 2007 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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We ought to have a fair play. Don’t make any samples from Bush/Cheney during the last two general elections so we haven’t had any real human beings to represent us.

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