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September 24, 2009

All I ever hear about lately is FOX News. Thankfully, I don’t have cable so I don’t have to worry about accidentally watching any of their shows and having what little intelligence I actually have sucked clean out of my skull, but it seems to be all the rage on the right.

To be honest, I used to laugh at these people, but not anymore. It’s actually quite frightening once you stop to think about it because it’s getting to the point where some people turn on the TV or radio and believe whatever they’re told.

Thanks to “news” organizations such as FOX News and hosts like Glenn Beck, people on the right honestly think that Obama is some kind of racist Marxist.

Thanks to “news” organizations such as FOX News and guests like Michele Bachmann, people on the right honestly believe that information collected by the Census Bureau might be used to put Americans in concentration camps.

Sadly, a census worker was recently found hanging from a tree with the word “fed” on his chest, and while they haven’t said whether the possible murder (suicide hasn’t been ruled out yet) was motivated by his census work, I don’t think it’s hard to make that connection.

This has stopped being funny because now we need to ask ourselves what won’t these people believe?

And just to get a picture of how bad news organizations like FOX can actually be, all one has to do is check out the appeals court ruling in New World Communs. of Tampa, Inc. v. Akre. From Project Censored:

FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. The Court held that Akre’s threat to report the station’s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida’s whistle blower statute, because Florida’s whistle blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted “law, rule, or regulation.” In a stunningly narrow interpretation of FCC rules, the Florida Appeals court claimed that the FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation,” it was simply a “policy.” Therefore, it is up to the station whether or not it wants to report honestly.

The bottom line? The media can legally lie and they know it! I guess FOX News really does deserve its nickname after all.


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