Thursday, May 31, 2012

Should The FCC Compel Fox to Drop "News" From Its Name?

BILL PRESS SUGGESTED IT in his "Parting Shot" and he has a point. It's no secret that Fox is the UNPAID propaganda arm of the Republican Party but it crossed the line when "Fox & Friends" aired a 4-minute anti-Obama attack ad. What made this different is that this one allegedly wasn't cleared with upper management.
"The package that aired on 'Fox & Friends' was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News, said in a statement to Yahoo News. "This has been addressed with the show's producers."
"Addressed" how?! Here's your opportunity, Mr. Bill Shine, to fire associate producer Chris White for creating this allegedly rogue anti-Obama propaganda video. According to Media Matters, which debunked the lies in the video, an outside group would need to spend $96,000 on the open market to produce a similar attack ad.

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik said the video "resembled propaganda films from 1930′s Europe ... And the remarkable thing was the the witless crew on the couch that serves as hosts for this show had the audacity to present it as journalism and congratulate the producer who put it together." He added, "Even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this."


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