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Jul 19, 2004 2:21 pm

Some People Say

I don't watch Fox News (I get all my cable news from The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, thank you). About a week ago, as I was waiting for a DVD to load, I found myself watching three experts on some FNN show. I have no idea what the show was (around 11 at night) but something caught my ear. The screen was divided into three panels and the first gentleman on the left opined,"We need to take France off our ally list and put them on the Enemies list". Whoa! I said. They seem mad at France. The second gentleman pipes in,"When France refused permission to Ronald Reagan's jets to fly through on their way to bombing Libya, they should have just bombed Paris." Huh! They are really mad. Surely the third person will be the" counter" expert and tell the others to find reason and restraint."What needs to happen is that some Ayrab needs to blow up the Eiffel Tower and THEN these people will understand that there is a war on terrah going on," thundered the last panel on my t.v. screen.
So, like I said. I don't watch Fox News but after that night, I decided to give my $ 10 to Robert Greenwald and his exposé OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. Yesterday, I went to my first organized screening at someone's house. It was an odd experience but the crowd was really nice and diverse. After the movie, we made some chitchat about bringing down the Man. Ok, I kid. The docu itself was ok. It effectively used the Moody memo's to show how the brass sets the agenda for the"news" everyday and how the other media outlets parrot Fox ("You can't outfox Fox"). The last few minutes were dedicated to the concentration of media in the hands of a few companies (News Corp., Clear Channel etc). I would have liked to see THAT exposé.
Still, the fact that people got together on a sunday to see a middling documentary about a cable news channel tells me something is afoot in this great nation.
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David Lion Salmanson - 7/20/2004

One of the folks who worked on the movie is a UMich history PhD, Judy Daubenmaier, who blogs at Newswatch.

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