City of Roses
"Noah, you can make jokes about Fox as much as you want. You have complained before that the networks do not show enough good points about actions in Iraq. Fox is the only one that does. Fox doesn't have a Dan Rather, getting booted out for biased and unsubstantiated stories. You think the general public would flock to a good left-wing news agency? Anyone seen Air America lately? Oh, yes, they declared bankruptcy for lack of interest. They found out that planes can't fly with just a left wing."
Believe me, we'd all like to see more of those stories regarding our young men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan serving for the common good in their communities.
The fact Fox News does report some of those kinds of stories is great, and while I still absolutely believe the news networks don't offer nearly as much coverage of those stories as they should overall, I do indeed see positive stories regarding our young men and women on the other networks as well.
The problem is, Fox News resorts to the same sort of bias and lack of substantiation in their stories in a different way. In fact, on January 27th of this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the chairman and CEO of Fox News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, was part of a media discussion panel, where he lamented what he described as a “loss of power” due to the rising popularity of the Internet and other new media.
World Economic Forum Podcast: "Who Will Shape The Agenda?"
It was there where Murdoch was asked if News Corp. had managed to shape the agenda on the war in Iraq. This is what he said:
“No, I don’t think so. We tried.”
When the host Charlie Rose asked him to elaborate, he said:
“We basically supported the Bush policy in the Middle East...but we have been very critical of his execution.”
So the bottom line is, regarding shaping the whole Iraq agenda, they tried.
Moreover, other leaked Fox News memos from John Moody reveal other intentions they had toward covering the war on Iraq from the very beginning:
"The pictures shown in the Times and NY Post today of the dead American contractors are exactly what we chose NOT to use yesterday. Please don't get sucked into this taste race to the bottom."
"The events in Iraq Tuesday are going to be the top story, unless and until something else (or worse) happens. Err on the side of doing too much Iraq rather than not enough. Do not fall into the easy trap of mourning the loss of US lives and asking out loud why are we there? The US is in Iraq to help a country brutalized for 30 years protect the gains made by Operation Iraqi Freedom and set it on the path to democracy. Some people in Iraq don't want that to happen. That is why American GIs are dying. And what we should remind our viewers."
"If, as promised, the coalition decides to take Fallujah back by force, it will not be for lack of opportunities for the terrorists holed up there to negotiate. Let's not get lost in breast-beating about the sadness of the loss of life. They had a chance."
Anyway, I for one am glad Air America is struggling, as I don't want to see yet another cavity-ridden agenda coalition rise into mainstream prominence.
"Tell me, Noah. Do you, in all honesty, do you believe that attempt at humor is enough to have the Democratic party refuse to appear on Fox in presidential debates? It's like little Billy saying, "Mommy, Tommy just called me a ninny!" Their act actions are childish and will be seen as such by many citizens on both sides of the fence. What will they do next? Threaten to hold their breath until they turn blue?"
No, I don't.
A long and well-documented history of slander, on the other hand, I believe justifies refusal in showing up.
Tommy name-calling Billy a ninny is no biggy. Tommy resorting to a frequent pattern of bullying toward Billy, however, that's a problem, and if you were Billy, would you want to accept putting up with this bullying and all those proverbial purple-nurples, wet willies, swirlies, wedgies and pantsies the whole rest of elementary school?
That's exactly what Fox News does. If Bill Maher, Janeane Garofalo or Michael Moore wanted to host a Republican debate, whether I was a Republican or not, the only conclusion I could come to is not that Maher or Garafalo or Moore genuinely wanted to offer the GOP field a wider audience, but rather to attempt to throw every piece of shrapnel they could toward all the candidates in hope of humiliating or at least embarrassing the party on camera in front of millions of people, and subsequently millions times more on YouTube. Could you blame anyone for feeling that way?
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"