Is there anything funnier to watch than the Left suddenly discovering the virtues of journalistic objectivity? Liberals arrogantly have ruled the news media roost for decades, regularly demeaning conservative ideas and leaders in their ongoing quest for progress and enlightenment.
But now that Fox News Channel is on the scene, dominating the cable news scene and showing America that TV news can be something different than the suffocating consensus of the liberal establishment, the left is in a panic. Objectivity is needed! Democracy itself is in danger!
When Fox News debuted in 1996, liberals couldn't contain their laughter at what they considered a sophomoric challenge to the dominant media. Then, Fox became a pest, the proverbial gnat that wouldn't go away. Ultimately - almost overnight - Fox overtook its cable competitors and became king of the hill. Fox became a menace on the media landscape that should have been aborted before birth, a blatantly biased and bullying blight on America.
That's the sour theme behind "Outfoxed," a new Michael Mooresque documentary funded and circulated by the radical lefties at MoveOn.org and the so-called Center for American Progress. A summary of its thesis comes very near the film's end when John Nichols of The Nation proclaims that Fox must be stopped because it "limits" and "narrows political discourse."
Welcome to the Fox-hater's upside-down world: decades of liberal TV news unanimity represented diversity, and a conservative alternative is the arrival of a narrowed spectrum of opinion? The advent of a network that doesn't treat conservatism like an infectious disease is a danger to democracy?
by Brent Bozell
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Our European and Canadian friends seem to see virtually all U.S. media as 'conservative' while American conservatives see most of as tilted decidedly left.
This is how I, a swedish european, see it. Ask a french european and the answer might well be different, I don't know. Europe is a very diverse continent.
I wonder if Fox is so decidedly slanted right as it is perceived that way because it doesn't go out of its way to point out the sins of conservatism and conservative politicians?
Earl, I don't think we have censorship of our media as that would violate our constitutionally protected free speech. But there is a sense of propriety about what is suitable for children and to what polite company should be subjected. Therefore, on the free public airways, it is required that content not be offensive to the general public. On cable where we specifically pay for the programming, there is little or no restriction on content.
Therefore, on the free public airways, it is required that content not be offensive to the general public.
In this regard what I meant with censorship was bleeping of words, blurring of nude parts, someone giving the finger etc.
However, grainy footage of bombs exploding is fantastic television.
But there is a sense of propriety about what is suitable for children and to what polite company should be subjected. Therefore, on the free public airways, it is required that content not be offensive to the general public.