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Stuff is just made up

20 Feb
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Alright, I know I’ve beaten this subject to death already, but I found something that I couldn’t resist sharing with everyone.

MediaMatters.org recently published a post from an interview with a former Fox News employee. The topics he discusses confirm everything that has been said about the network up to this point. Go ahead and read it for yourself but here are some of my favorite quotes.

“I don’t think people would believe it’s as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.”

“They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news.”

“You have to work there for a while to understand the nods and the winks. And God help you if you don’t because sooner or later you’re going to get burned.”

“If it was a big enough story it was explained to you in the morning [editorial] meeting. If it wasn’t explained, it was up to you to know the conservative take on it. There’s a conservative take on every story no matter what it is. So you either get told what it is or you better intuitively know what it is.”

“For the first few years it was let’s take the conservative take on things. And then after a few years it evolved into, well it’s not just the conservative take on things, we’re going to take the Republican take on things which is not necessarily in lock step with the conservative point of view. And then two, three, five years into that it was, we’re taking the Bush line on things, which was different from the GOP. We were a Stalin-esque mouthpiece. It was just what Bush says goes on our channel. And by that point it was just totally dangerous. Hopefully most people understand how dangerous it is for a media outfit to be a straight, unfiltered mouthpiece for an unchecked president.”

“It was relentless and it never went away. If one controversy faded, goddamn it they would find another one. They were in search of these points of friction real or imagined. And most of them were imagined or fabricated. You always have to seem to be under siege. You always have to seem like your values are under attack. The brain trust just knew instinctively which stories to do, like the War on Christmas.”

All of these are incredible claims to be making, but these really hit home. The source stressed that:

“Fox News is designed to mislead its viewers and designed to engage in a purely political enterprise.”

“People assume you need a license to call yourself a news channel. You don’t. So because they call themselves Fox News, people probably give them a pass on a  lot of things. I don’t think people understand that it’s an organization that’s built and functions by intimidation and bullying, and its goal is to prop up and support Republicans and the GOP and to knock down Democrats. People tend to think that stuff on TV is real, especially under the guise of news. You’d think that people would wise up, but they don’t.”

Regarding other reporters and pundits refusing to call out Fox News for what they are.

“They don’t have enough staff or enough balls or don’t have enough money or don’t have enough interest to spend the time it takes to expose Fox News. Or it’s not worth the trouble. If you take on Fox, they’ll kick you in the ass. I’m sure most [journalists] know that. It’s not worth being Swift Boated for your effort.” A reference to how Fox News traditionally attacks journalists who write, or are perceived to have written, anything negative about the channel. He continues to explain being perplexed in 2009 when the Obama White House called out Murdoch’s operation as not being a legitimate news source, only to have major Beltway media players rush to the aid of Fox News and admonish the White House for daring to criticize the cable channel. (Guess what dingleberries, if you can be critical of a President he has every right to be critical of you) “That blew me away because the White House’s critique of Fox News happens to be true.”

The avid Fox News viewers probably feel the desire to argue that this ex-Foxer’s statements should be discredited as no other previous Fox employees have come forward to confirm this information. The post also expresses the reasoning behind that.

It’s worth noting that Fox News employees, either current or former, rarely speak to the press, even anonymously. And it’s even rarer for Fox News sources to bad mouth Murdoch’s channel. That’s partly because of strict non-disclosure agreements that most exiting employees sign and which forbid them from discussing their former employer. But  it also stems from a pervasive us-vs.-them attitude that permeates Fox News. It’s a siege mentality that network boss Roger Ailes encourages, and one that colors the coverage his team produces.

So it’s not just that they lean to the right, as I’ve said before they mislead viewers to push their agenda, that’s not reporting the news, that’s fabricating it. And calling yourself a news network is a disgrace to real journalists and real news networks. Say what you want about Fox News, for or against them, but at the end of the day, Fox is nothing more than a spider, spinning a web of lies.

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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in General, Political Crap

 

5 responses to “Stuff is just made up

  1. Pat Reagin

    February 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    How did Soros make his billions and what has he done with all that money? What aren’t you hearing from your news sources? I think you’re right about one thing though, everyone should get their news from multiple sources. Those sources should include MSNBC, ABC and the other major networks, CNN and Fox.

     
    • Nick

      February 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      He made his billions by being exceptionally good (and once due to inside trading) with investing. He founded Soros Fund Management (later renamed to Quantum Group of Funds). I see nothing communist or whatever color you like referring to “commies” with about this. With the exception of the insider trading, which plenty of conservatives have engaged in, he appears to make money by doing business, like everyone else.

      As for what he’s done with it, how’s this, provided funds to help South African students attend the University of Cape Town, funding for efforts to promote non-violent democratization in post-Soviet states (wouldn’t that be the opposite of communist?), $100 million toward Internet infrastructure for regional Russian universities, $50 million to support the eradication of extreme poverty in Africa, the list goes on and on. I’m willing to bet the cases you are bringing up have to do with his political standings as he would “sacrifice his entire fortune to defeat President Bush.” President W. Bush was horrible, how he managed to stay in for two terms is completely beyond me.

      I’m also betting that the feelings towards Soros may have something to do with his statement regarding the US. “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States, it happens to coincide with the prevailing opinion of the world. And I think that’s rather shocking for Americans to hear. The United States sets the agenda for the world. And the rest of the world has to respond to that agenda. By declaring a ‘war on terror’ after September the 11th, we set the wrong agenda for the world. […] when you wage war, you inevitably create innocent victims.” Well you know what, he’s absolutely right, the US has an incredibly itchy trigger finger, as indicated by how much we spend on military defense. I’m not saying the war in Afghanistan wasn’t called for, but the one in Iraq was unnecessary, they never asked for us to be there but we were lied to about Saddam and got into it with them before the rest of us could realize it. As evidenced by the recent events in Egypt, they don’t need us playing world police, we need to learn to stay out of the way.

      Or maybe its that he sets an example of helping others, donating $35 million to the state of New York for under-privileged children.

      What ARE you hearing from your news sources? I don’t watch any of them since they all have their issues. Is this your opinion of George Soros, or one that was given to you?

       
  2. Pat Reagin

    February 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    watch

     
  3. Pat Reagin

    February 20, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll continue to say it. GET REAL. Every “News Outlet” does the same thing. If you switch the words “right” to “left” and “conservative” to “liberal” or “progressive” this article/interview could be written about MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and even Comedy Central (maybe CC to a lesser extent). The worst of all would be the Huffington Post and the “news outlet” quoted above: Media Matters. Media Matters is pretty much the propaganda arm of one George Soros. Google that guy if you want to be scared and see what a true elitist commie looks like. I threw in the commie just for you, that word could be replaced by Pinko, Pinkie, Red, Lib, Progressive…

     
    • Nick

      February 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      It’s been established that all news outlets engage in one form or another of news twisting. Regardless of what Fox News has told their viewers about Media Matters, the fact still remains that this was a former Fox employee that came forward and shared his observations. Those are his words in quotes up there, not Media Matters. Did Media Matters add their own comments, of course, did Media Matters take some of his phrases out of context to sensationalize it, most likely. I Googled George Soros, and with the exception of the rambling of a few radical conservatives he doesn’t appear to be the “commie” you seem to enjoy generalizing anyone that doesn’t agree with your beliefs, oh, and I wasn’t scared by anything that I saw. Media Matters is a non-profit media watchdog whose only connection to George Soros was his first donation in October of 2010 (contrary to what Fox may have told you). George Soros was moved to donate to Media Matters as a result of his concern over “recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence.” Reading Media Matters mission statement indicates that they watch over any and all news outlets, in fact, look at one of different networks under “Networks & Publications” and you’ll see that, regardless of that network’s leaning, Media Matters is at times critical of all of them.

      I find it interesting that while you openly admit that “every news outlet does the same thing,” which would include Fox. (and by “thing” we’re talking about lies, sensationalized news, and propaganda) But even knowing this you still insist on defending them and at times take many of the things they say, at face value.

      Once again, I never said that the other outlets didn’t engage in this, but that’s irrelevant. Here we have a case of someone coming out against their previous employer and confirming what everyone has been speculating about them for years. News outlets should be expected to report the news, as is, without injecting bias. As the interviewee explains, its a huge problem when a channel describes itself as a news outlet but doesn’t report the honest news. Viewers are easily tricked into believing whatever their news source tells them, this is even more severe when said viewer actively chooses to only watch one source of news with no attempt to fact check. These network’s behavior will never change unless its viewers demand it, and they will never demand it as long as they’re being told what they want to hear.

       

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