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julho 22, 2004

FAIR AND BALANCED (1)

"At first, Fox's strategy was to ignore our charges. But it didn't work. Outfoxed is now the best-selling DVD on Amazon.com. All the major newspapers are asking whether Fox is "fair and balanced." Editorial cartoonists are poking fun at Fox's Republican slant. We've attached links to a few of the best stories and cartoons below.
Last night on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly exploded over all the criticism, declaring war between his network and the New York Times in an attempt to distract from the charges made in the film. This is typical, of course. But no one at Fox has answered any of the charges: Why are there so many Republican commentators and guests compared to Democrats? (The media monitor FAIR reports five to one.) Why does Fox business management dictate how the news is framed in its daily memos? Why would Fox assign a reporter whose wife was out campaigning for Bush at the time to conduct an exclusive interview with him? How can Fox's slogan "Fair and Balanced" be anything other than an attempt to deceive viewers and advertisers?
So instead of responding, Fox is going to try to bully other media outlets into going silent on this story. (...)
Congress is beginning to take up the issue. This afternoon, dozens of members of Congress will be viewing Outfoxed in a special showing. Several members of the House have drafted a letter asking Rupert Murdoch to come before them to discuss how he'll correct the partisan bias at Fox. (...)
AlterNet is leading the challenge by other media outlets of Fox's outrageous attempt to hold the trademark "Fair and Balanced." Believe it or not, if Fox succeeds in holding that trademark, it can sue to keep all others from using these words."

(Cortesia MoveOn)

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Publicado por Filipe Moura às julho 22, 2004 01:16 AM

Comentários


Para ser sincera, sinto saudades da experiência inesquecível - um misto de incredulidade e voyeurismo - que foi ver esse canal durante dois anos, e os insultos, a chacota, a obsessão dos comentadores e "jornalistas" da extrema-direita mais boçal que se pode imaginar num país civilizado. O número de vezes que se ouvia o "fair and balanced" em cada hora naquela estação não se podia contar, e eu perguntava-me se aquela gente acreditava mesmo naquela palhaçada ou se eu tinha enlouquecido. Penso que até me cheguei a viciar na pornografia diária do Bill O´Reilly (um talk-show diário, com uma versão de rádio também) e a sua paranóia desvairada com a esquerda e os "liberals". E se os americanos sempre me pareceram dos povos mais generosos do mundo, aquele canal mostrou-me que a fronteira entre a civilização refinada e a barbárie pura, naquela sociedade, é muito ténue.

Publicado por: Ana Miranda em julho 22, 2004 02:57 AM