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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:20 PM
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Protesters denounce Fox News as racist
Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Protesters gathered on Wednesday outside Fox News Channel to denounce what they claim is its racist campaign coverage, including a pundit who called Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama a terrorist.

The crowd of some 150 people wielded a petition with more than 600,000 signatures objecting to news coverage by Fox, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (NWSa.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), organizers said.

<snip>

Another anchor called a televised fist bump between Obama and his wife a "terrorist fist jab," they said, and talk show host Bill O'Reilly discussed calling a "lynching party" to deal with Michelle Obama after criticizing her patriotism.

"Putting racism on national television and calling it news is never funny," said Andre Banks of ColorOfChange.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN234623672...
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:21 PM
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1. Yes, among other things. n/t
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:50 AM
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28. My first thought.nt
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 03:26 PM
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39. LOL! GMTA. nt
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:47 PM
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2. I don't know why
you don't all just stop buying anything from any of their sponsers. They'd soon get the message.
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:24 PM
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3. their sponsors are incidental....
the mafia runs what's known as a 'protection racket' which means businesses pay for nothing in effect (nothing happens to them or their property) and they keep paying, cuz it's cheaper then getting burned out...it's sorta the same idea with foxnews and limbah oreilly hannazi and so on, ie the corpmedia. The boors fill the air with certain type of politics, which serves certain corporate interest by deflecting attention from important stuff. Even if the media biz could make more money promoting a liberal viewpoint, they don't because the real money is in military spending, in the stock market, oil war and drugs etc....these crooks spend vast sums to subsidise reactionary media (which also acts to force the rest to the far right) ..for example, rev moon has lost money on almost every publication he owns, but he's alot richer now then even 10 years ago, thanks to the misinformed public ...thus rush limbah doesn't even need sponsors, though the few they have does act as cover for the fact they are part of a protection racket (protected from the public being informed as to true state of affairs)
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physioex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:55 PM
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4. Ohh I agree....
But if you listed to El Drugbo, half of his show is nothing but commercials. There is hardly any content. The guy will rant for 30sec before he goes to an ad then the news. Not only can I not stand listening to him talk about politics, but it's simply a waste of time having to listen to all the fluff in the middle.
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primavera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:45 AM
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31. Well said
This is always the strategic disadvantage Dems face: right-wing boycotts of media produce results because there's no corporate money to serve as a buffer to losses from pulled sponsors; progressive boycotts of the right's slanderous disinformation have limited effect because propaganda is a cost the rich and powerful are willing to subsidize.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:41 PM
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37. Our greatest challenge is media fairness.
There is no question about it. Misinformation is repeated 24/7. Is it any wonder the electorate is so ignorant?
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:19 PM
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35. I can't believe all sponsors are incidental
Some would listen to protest. Brand managers can be a very nervous bunch.
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guyton Donating Member (370 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:04 PM
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16. fox noise sponsor list?
I'd be happy to boycott all of Fox's sponsors ... except that I never watch
them so I don't know who they are!

Is there a list someplace on the web? Possibly sorted by the $$ they
contribute to the liars?

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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 04:13 PM
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40. Seconded
I don't have cable, so while I'm not subjected to Fux News, it's also difficult to find out who their sponsors are.
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:26 PM
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22. Ownership (Rupert Murdoch) drives content on FOX, not sponsors.
Murdoch is to FOX what Steinbrenner is to the Yankees, "The guy with the gold makes the rules!"
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:00 AM
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29.  On Australian Rupert Murdoch
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2004/07/b122948....

In recent years, Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch has used the U.S. government's increasingly lax media regulations to consolidate his hold over the media and wider political debate in America. Consider Murdoch's empire: According to Business Week, "his satellites deliver TV programs in five continents, all but dominating Britain, Italy, and wide swaths of Asia and the Middle East. He publishes 175 newspapers, including the New York Post and The Times of London. In the U.S., he owns the Twentieth Century Fox Studio, Fox Network, and 35 TV stations that reach more than 40% of the country...His cable channels include fast-growing Fox News, and 19 regional sports channels. In all, as many as one in five American homes at any given time will be tuned into a show News Corp. either produced or delivered." But who is the real Rupert Murdoch? As this report shows, he is a far-right partisan who has used his empire explicitly to pull American political debate to the right. He is also an enabler of the oppressive tactics employed by dictatorial regimes, and a man who admits to having hidden money in tax havens. In short, there more to Rupert Murdoch than meets the eye.

.............

Unbelievable! Disgusting! Disheartening!

All in the name of "fair and balanced"!

:argh:
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:14 AM
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34. more on Murdoch
http://www.scripophily.net/foxtestinde1.html

Murdoch made his first acquisition in the United States in 1973, when he purchased the San Antonio Express-News. Soon afterwards, he founded Star, a supermarket tabloid, and in 1976, he purchased the New York Post. On September 4, 1985, Murdoch became a naturalized citizen, to satisfy the legal requirement that only US citizens could own American television stations. In 1987, in Australia, he bought The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd., the company that his father had once managed. By 1991, his Australian-based News Corp. had amassed huge debts, which forced Murdoch to sell many of the American magazine interests he had acquired in the mid-80s. Much of this debt came from his British-based satellite network Sky Television, which incurred massive losses in its early years of operation, which (like many of his business interests) was heavily subsidized with profits from his other holdings, until he was able to force rival satellite operator British Satellite Broadcasting to accept a merger on his terms in 1990. (The merged company, BSkyB, has dominated the British pay-TV market ever since.)

In 1995, Murdoch's Fox Network became the object of scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it was alleged that News Ltd.'s Australian base made Murdoch's ownership of Fox illegal. The FCC, however, ruled in Murdoch's favor, stating that his ownership of Fox was in the public's best interests. In the same year, Murdoch announced a deal with MCI Communications to develop a major news website, as well as funding a conservative magazine, The Weekly Standard. In the same year, News Corp. launched the Foxtel pay television network in Australia, in a partnership with Telstra.

In 1996, Murdoch chose to enter the world of cable news with the Fox News Channel, a 24-hour cable news station. Following its launch, the heavily-funded Fox News consistently eroded CNN's market share, and eventually proclaimed itself as "the most-watched cable news channel." This is due in part to recent ratings studies, released in the fourth quarter of 2004, showing that the network had nine of the top ten programs in the "Cable News" category. However, in recent years, ratings of Fox News have begun a declining trend.<1>
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:56 PM
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5. brave souls.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:57 PM
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6. Remember when O'Blowhole went after Ludacris and then Pepsi because Ludacris
had a contract with them? Fox news is just total shit.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:10 PM
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7. Well DUH
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:12 PM
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8. and Pepsi caved and O'Reilly won, i'd love to finally see some payback.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:59 PM
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15. Well there is some
One station (radio), that dropped O'Really for his anti-asperger rant.
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Popol Vuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:23 PM
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9. And remember this blatant racism from FAUX?
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:11 PM
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18. WTF!
That was disgusting!

And God! Coming from that clown...with a blond beehive and lime green tie. Yikes! I may not have sex for the rest of the year! Yuck!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:28 PM
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10. Not LBN
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:06 PM
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17. ...


why? 'cuz - it's ole newz

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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:30 PM
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11. Faux news
The National Enquirer of TV. Made up, useless bullshit. But since it's, hey - As Seen on TV! - there's dolts that swallow it hook line and stinker. :dunce:
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:19 PM
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19. Stop insulting the National Enquirer!
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:38 PM
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12. Wait a minute - Juan Williams and a black woman were on O'Lielly tonight about the purity of Faux.
They were appalling, and O'Lielly sat there with his smug grin listening to them praise Faux to the hilt and blame MoveOn.org for racism.

Sellouts. I have come to despise Juan Williams, and I was once an admirer. But he has sold his soul for 30 pieces of silver.
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:41 PM
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13. Racists, bigots, propaganda shills, typical fascists at work.
:dem:
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:51 PM
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14. K&R
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whathappened Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:21 PM
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20. fox news
i'm sure glad some 1 has the nerves to watch that channel , i just wiz right on by that station , i just don't want to exspose my tv to such junk , so thanks for keeping me posted on th unfaire fair and not so balanced fox news
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:23 PM
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21. and "montgomery" murdock responded by saying "release the hounds". nt
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lefty2000 Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:34 PM
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23. Now Settle Down
Calling somebody a terrorist is not racism. It is just a slander. Timothy McVeigh was white, but he was both a racist and a terrorist.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:58 PM
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24. How to make friends here
...does not generally tell people to calm down when they are criticizing the right-wing nazi channel - faux news.
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EV_Ares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:30 PM
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25. K&R, hopefully these protests against Fox can get larger and larger, they need
to be exposed and the FCC should take action against them for these things they do.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:49 PM
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26. And who's admin runs the FCC? nm
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:42 PM
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27. We should have been at every local outlet across the U.S. years ago.
But I applaud you now for your efforts anyway. :applause:
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:17 AM
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30. NAS did a great appearance on Colbert
He totally put Faux in their place.
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TNOE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:40 AM
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32. Yes, was going to say the same thing
that was awesome. NAS knows his shit and is brave and talented enough to call them out.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:44 AM
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33. But...they have Juan Williams!
:eyes:
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:04 PM
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36. Are they including "pundit" Jesse Jackson on their list of racists?
He belongs there as much as any of the others.
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 03:01 PM
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38. let me check this out.....FUX NEWS IS LYING CRAP.... hmmm.... where is my look of surprise ?
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:56 PM
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41. The Pacific Ocean is very, VERY MOIST....Still nothing
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 06:37 PM
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42. They are republicans at Fox, of course they are racist.
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