Sunday, September 12, 2004


Went to see the documentary "Outfoxed" today.
It's an expose on the right-wing bias of Fox News, but the producers made their point by showing clip after endless clip of Fox News broadcasts, making it feel like the audience was exposed to an hour and a half of, well, watching Fox News.
Seeing 10 or more minutes of Bill O'Reilly excoriating "guests" who do not share his views was truly astounding.
He must have the balls of a stud field mouse to be telling people to shut up, and cutting their mikes when they don't. He threw a man off the set whose father had died at the World Trade Center. The guest said he thought Bush's policies added to the tension with terrorists and enflamed them, and O'Reilly went ballistic-calling him names, telling him to shut up and interrupting him every time he tried to speak.
When the man stopped in the greenroom for coffee after he was thrown off the O'Reilly set, two producers urged him to leave quickly, lest O'Reilly see him in the hall and attack him physically.
Huh? Can that possible be true?
In a free society, I accept that some free speech might offend me. It's the price we all pay to allow that freedom for everyone.
What I don't understand is how Fox News fans fail to object to the obvious bias they display, not to mention accepting the bombastic, loud, gratuitous rudeness of pundits like O'Reilly.
It's okay to watch news that agrees with one's point of view, but if that interferes with their ability to hear all the news- good and bad- in an accurate manner, then it's not news.
News is what happened, not what the left or right think happened.

I hope Fox News devotees ask themselves just one question.
If CNN and Fox News were both angry with you for something you said or did, which news outlet would you trust to tell both sides of the story in a manner that let the viewers hear the story, then decide for themselves?
Chances are, if you can tell whose side the newscaster is on based on his or her side comments or body language, you will not be getting the whole story.
Accepting news coverage that's obviously slanted to one side or another does no one any favors.
Americans on the left and right deserve to hear the news as plain and simple as possible, without excess partiality shown to either side of any argument.
If we want editorials or Blogs, we know where to find them.

Would I recommend seeing Outfoxed to others?
Only if they don't mind seeing an hour and a half of bad Fox News exemplars.

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