These are the words used by many
TV News presenters to "cloak" their own views - especially
on America's Murdoch-owned Fox
see, when you are doing "live" TV
News these days, the tele-prompter is hardly used at all. Things
are happening too fast. Ad-libbing is the order of the day,
especially if you are interviewing politicians and the like.
Of course interviewers are supposed to be neutral.They are not
permitted to have any political opinion on air. The way around
this? Example from Fox News' E.D. Hill, co-host of 'FOX &
Friends "Some are saying that
Kerry's "flip-flops" will result in a swing towards
Bush". So, who is saying this? We
don't know because E.D. never told us. But, as a viewer it is
our nature to accept that this is a valid view. This is a classic
example of an interviewer putting their own view on the air.
And it's rife over at Fox.
"Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism" is
a Doco recently released by Robert
Greenwald. In it he interviews disgruntled Ex-Fox News employees
about their time at Fox and how they had words put in their
mouths through memos sent via email. The video portrays Fox
News as a right wing mouthpiece for Murdoch, the Republicans
and of course, the Whitehouse. It's shocking stuff. Not just
because of the nature of the material, but also because Fox
News on US cable attracts more viewers (off Network) than any
other station. Can you imagine the pulling power this station
has for the Conservatives?
add insult to injury, the stations call-sign is "Fair and
Balanced". As I write the elections are taking place in
the US. Top presenter for FOX Bill O'Reilly has recorded three
interviews with Bush. He desperately tries to sound impartial,
but when you look at it from a broadcasters POV, they are like
two little lovebirds playing out a word game for the viewers.
O'Reilly thinks Bush is God. And Bush knows he ain't gonna have
to deal with any sticky questions from O'Reilly. Bearing in
mind that Fox News is supposed to be "fair and balanced",
this treackly attempt at a political interview nearly had me
Some say Bill O'Reilly is a vitriolic right-wing broadcaster.
The only thing curtailing this man is that Fox has to be seen
to be impartial. But he fails miserably all the time (as does
Fox News). I actually think he is totally insane, or should
I put it: "Some say Bill O'Reilly is insane".
Currently an ex-producer on his show is suing him for sexual
harassment. She claims he wanted her to do phone sex, amongst
other things. I am not at all surprised when I read this.
I strongly recommend you buy "Outfoxed". It is credible
stuff and will open your eyes to Fox's agenda. Because of the
nature of the material, it never got mass distribution, but
you can get it from outfoxed.org. Or if you want, email
me and I'll see what I can do to help.
I really think it is so sad that ordinary people are not seeing
the News anymore. They are seeing a product generated by corporate
business, who disseminate their own political views for financial
gain. The Fox News "product" to an uneducated US audience,
is like a shiny toy to a child. They present their news in a
magazine format, with "Fox News Alerts" every time
a cat gets caught up a tree. The idea Murdoch has, is to keep
the masses on the "right" side of the political fence.
It makes financial sense to do this. Big business is usually
calling from the right. Murdoch is not a political man. He's
a businessman. If he thought his empire would gain by promoting
left-wing values, he'd kick O'Reilly and his lot out of Fox
News, and bring in a bunch of real journalists.
It's only hours from the US Elections as I write,
and I'm guessing that Bush will win. Not because more people
voted for him of course. That bears little on who gets into
power in The United States of America. Year 2000 elections.
Lest we forget.
4th November update - Well, in all fairness, Bush DID win by
a believable majority. I believe in democracy. The problem is
that democracy goes a little wayward when the masses don't actually
KNOW what's really going on. Fox News did its job perfectly.
News has a massive cable audience in the US
Hill, co-host of 'FOX & Friends'
OCTOBER 13--Hours after Bill O'Reilly accused her of a multimillion
dollar shakedown attempt, a female Fox News producer, Andrea
Mackris fired back at the TV star today, filing a lawsuit
claiming that he subjected her to repeated instances of sexual
harassment and spoke often, and explicitly, to her about phone
sex, vibrators, threesomes, masturbation, the loss of his
virginity, and sexual fantasies - more.
The mass media in the United States are owned primarily
by six corporate conglomerates with political and economic
agendas of their own -- Time Warner, Viacom, General Electric,
Disney, Bertelsmann, and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp - more
Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News