|Fox Attacks CBS, Tries to Persuade Viewers to Stop
by Rob Kall
The "Fair and Balanced" Fox network has blasted CBS for
it's portrayal of Ronald Reagan in a Docudrama.
Fox uses talking heads to slam CBS, clearly suggesting to the Fox
viewers that the solution to the "problem" of an other than
mindlessly worshipful portrayal of a conservative president is to boycott
the network. They say that CBS will be hurt by the 30% of conservatives
who will respond to this horrific affront to conservatives by no longer
watching the network.
Of course this makes me want to watch the CBS special. It makes me want
to let other kindred spirits on the left know about this vicious,
aggressive attempt by Fox to damage the viewership of CBS. I've long known
that FOX is the most corrupted, in terms of partisanship, being,
virtually, a propaganda arm of the far right, conservatism and the Bush
administration. But i also see NBC and ABC as leaning more to the right
and center. So it's come down to CBS being, while not being anything close
to liberal, the most likely network to be fair and balanced, occasionally
covering the right's perspective and sometimes the left's.
As I write this, monitoring Fox, the enemy, they have a piece in which
they function as the culture police, stating that Eminem should be
reviled. Frankly, I don't like Eminem's message. But my 13 year old loves
his music and for a while played it incessantly. And it wasn't nearly as
annoying as my older son's former proclivity towards heavy metal and punk.
I actually came to enjoy the music from Eight Mile.
The point is, it seems, that if they could, FOX would BE the culture
police, the arbiters of what would be acceptable, no, what would be
Then there's the hypocrisy of FOX criticizing Hollywood and liberal
actors. Arnold, with all his foibles, is given a pass, but FOX focuses on
liberal actors like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, apparently, with the
hopes of getting conservative dittohead types to boycott their films.
This is the standard profile of the conservative mind-set-- control
other people so they act like you.
The report on the CBS that I saw was being presented by Bill O'Reilly,
the Fox entertainer, propagandist, pundit-- certainly anything but a
journalist. I should add that I don't consider myself a journalist. I am a
pundit with a clear, declared partisan perspective. It is galling to see
the Fox propagandists, like Brit Hume, spouting chapter and verse from
conservative publications like the daily standard, yet pretending they are
fair and balanced reporters, journalists.
Bottom line, watch the special on Reagan. Pull a Dixie Chicks on Fox's
attack and show that their toxic form of media attacks actually help, not
hurt their targets.
Kall is editor of www.OpEdNews.Com a
tough liberal news and opinion website. He also organizes the Futurehealth
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and the Storycon Summit Meeting on
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