August 19th, 2004

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Outfoxed

I just finished watching Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. I wasn't impressed. The documentary shows some of the techniques that Fox uses. Whoop de do. We all know Bill O'Reilly cuts off anyone who disagrees with him. We all know that Alan Colmes is a weak counter-balance to Sean Hannity. The core of me wants investigative journalism (not what Fox does). If you put out a fact or opinion, I want to see you back it up. Outfoxed does not. The only interesting things to me were the memos (John?) Moody delivered every day, and the statistic of the 83%/17% Republican to Democrat guest ratio on the premier news show on Fox. Everything else was anecdotal. I only like anecdotes when they explain the statistic. Show me the average airtime for liberal voices vs conservative. Count the average number of times a liberal is cut off versus a conservative. Rather than say the channel repeats an RNC talking point, tell me how often it does versus how often it repeats the DNC talking point. I'm damn sure Fox is conservative. What this documentary does is basically say I agree with you. I don't give a shit if they agree with me. Give me information I can use. Cause I sure as hell don't have the time to watch Fox to tally these things up. And in my belief, you don't counter propaganda with more propaganda. You counter it with facts.

Well, actually that's not completely true. I love some good propaganda as well. I love the fact that Air America is on the air. But even if you win by stooping to their level, you lose something. Be different.