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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 12:34 PM
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Fox News Comes Out Of The Closet (Cenk @ Huffington Post)
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Fox News Comes Out Of The Closet
by Cenk Uygur

Fox News finally made it official. They are part and parcel of the Republican Party. They are now the largest donors to the Republican Governors Association, having given them $1 million dollars. They also employ three out of the top four Republicans in the Iowa Caucus Poll for GOP presidential candidates.

As I explain here, now that Fox News has come out of the closet, it's hard to distinguish where Fox News ends and the Republican Party begins:

Ed Show: Cenk Takes On Fox News

But there is one more factor here. It's not just that Fox News has a point of view. Many publications and shows have a certain perspective as well, whether it's conservative or liberal. It's that Fox News does propaganda. What's the difference?

They don't just have a perspective, they have an agenda. And they drive that agenda until their political goals are met.
So, they don't just do the so-called Ground Zero Mosque story on one or two shows randomly depending on the host's interests. They all do it. Their talk show hosts do the story. Their so-called news anchors do the story. They do it 24-7 until it spreads to the other cable news stations, and then thereby spreads into the whole media.

That's not a coincidence, that's a well thought out strategy. And it works like a charm. So, for example, people are confused as to why the Democrats always seem to get slammed in the summers. That's because Congress is in recess, there is a news void and Fox fills that void with whatever propaganda they have decided will incite fear and loathing at that time. So, last summer it was death panels and Tea Parties. This summer it's the "Ground Zero Mosque."

...The longer the Democrats and the rest of the media treat Fox News as a legitimate "news station," the longer this will happen. And then everyone will sit around confused about how such a large percentage of the country could think Obama is a Muslim, or that ACORN stole the election for Obama or that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11. They will wonder how these demonstrably false stories could get so much traction. All the while as the Fox News propaganda machine hums in the background.

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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 12:37 PM
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1. K&R n/t
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 12:45 PM
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2. K&R!
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 12:58 PM
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3. K&R. But is anyone surprised?
We certainly aren't and its "viewers" probably think this is just fine... x(
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 12:59 PM
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4. K&R Thanks for posting, man. Please pass this OP on to Cenk...
Edited on Thu Aug-19-10 01:50 PM by Turborama
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 06:10 PM
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19. Thanks. n/t
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 02:43 PM
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35. My pleasure!
:kick:
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theFrankFactor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:19 PM
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5. K&R
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:23 PM
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6. "it's hard to distinguish where Fox News ends and the Republican Party begins"
Edited on Thu Aug-19-10 01:23 PM by niceypoo
FOX is the GOP. The GOP does what FOX commands them to do.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:31 PM
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7. K&R
Fox 'News' propaganda has had real impact on the electoral process. The rest of the American media has a responsibility to inform the American people that Fox News is a source of false and dangerous misinformation.
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cbdo2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:48 PM
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8. Obama should remove them from the White House press room for this.
They really are nothing more than a tabloid and this proves it.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 10:36 PM
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24. Ahahahaha!
He's going to keep "looking forward" and not "looking back". Unless someone on the left does something to piss him off.
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:52 PM
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9. k&r
Granted, most Americans won't know this, but this really really puts ALL the coffin nails into any claims of being "fair and balanced".
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 02:57 PM
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13. You'd be surprised how many people don't know this.
Or how many people think MSNBC is just a liberal version of Fox.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 01:54 PM
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10. Cenk nails it. Again.
and again. and again.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 02:55 PM
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11. Anyone remember the
Olden days when we would watch tv and see the film footage of Russian peasants standing around a power pole with a speaker attached to it listening to "Propaganda". That was how we saw the poor Russians getting the news the government wanted them to hear.

Even back then, as a child, I thought we have a speaker into each of our own homes....and it's our televisions. I had a picture in my mind of broadcast towers sitting on the polar ice caps sending filtered and adulterated news to people who picked a station reflecting their own views.

My childish visions have clearly come to pass and Faux news is no better than a Russian speaker on a power pole propagandizing peasants.

Fuck Fox!
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 02:56 PM
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12. The most important story of the summer:
The media isn't even trying to hide their bias anymore.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 03:34 PM
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14. I'm glad this is exposed.

K&R
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 03:42 PM
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15. Excellent. I like this part:
Edited on Thu Aug-19-10 03:43 PM by JDPriestly
That's not a coincidence, that's a well thought out strategy. And it works like a charm. So, for example, people are confused as to why the Democrats always seem to get slammed in the summers. That's because Congress is in recess, there is a news void and Fox fills that void with whatever propaganda they have decided will incite fear and loathing at that time. So, last summer it was death panels and Tea Parties. This summer it's the "Ground Zero Mosque."

Fox News Comes Out Of The Closet

Cenk Ugyer
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 04:10 PM
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16. Msnbc should give Cenk his own show.
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CherylK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 05:08 PM
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17. +1
:toast:
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 07:40 PM
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20. Here are the ratings
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 10:35 PM
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23. Hopefully, they're smart enough to do so.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 05:20 PM
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18. Hey, Cenk! Ever hear of Rev. Moon?
The guy's a superconservative of a publisher and a real sweatheart of a predator.

Know your BFEE: 1984 Death of Outstanding Congressional Staffer Buried Poppy-Moon Relationship

Know your BFEE: Forget Rev. Wright! Its Bush and His Cronies Who Owe an Apology for Rev. Moon!

Know your BFEE: Rev. Sun Myung Moon OWNS Poppy Bush

Part of a bigger and even more sinister picture:

Know your BFEE: Cultkeepers

They must have a blast at the holidays, playing Celebrity Blackmail.
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red red red Donating Member (166 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 07:44 PM
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21. K & R n/t
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Capitalocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 07:51 PM
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22. Here are the two things I took from this story
1. Fox News has been getting away with so much obvious indoctrination under the guise of "news" and the rest of the media is so irresponsible that they think they can just give money to the Republican Party directly and still get away with calling themselves "fair and balanced", and continue to control the national dialogue. And unfortunately, they're probably right, but in the end the people will stop watching the mainstream news at all.

2. The Republican Party has no connection with the people (except the fascist fringe) and they are so reliant on outspending the opposition that not even lavish corporate donations are enough, they have to turn to their own propaganda wing for funding. Unless Fox is doing this because the fascist fringe is going so crazy and so far to the right that they don't even trust Fox News anymore (I've heard more than one say that even Fox is "leftist").

K&R
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 12:17 AM
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25. The full Huffpo article is a must read! n/t
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CherylK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 09:39 AM
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26. Bump!
:kick:
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 09:41 AM
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27. no offense...but all of the major news organizations
and their parent orgs donate money to various political entities and parties...

it is intellectually dishonest to suggest that any of them are politically clean...

sP
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 09:50 AM
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28. False Equivalency Alert. n/t
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 09:52 AM
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29. how so? n/t
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 10:06 AM
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30. Because the gigantic donation to the RGA is one small piece compared to this...
Edited on Fri Aug-20-10 10:10 AM by ihavenobias
"...It's not just that Fox News has a point of view. Many publications and shows have a certain perspective as well, whether it's conservative or liberal. It's that Fox News does propaganda. What's the difference?

They don't just have a perspective, they have an agenda. And they drive that agenda until their political goals are met. So, they don't just do the so-called Ground Zero Mosque story on one or two shows randomly depending on the host's interests. They all do it. Their talk show hosts do the story. Their so-called news anchors do the story. They do it 24-7 until it spreads to the other cable news stations, and then thereby spreads into the whole media.

That's not a coincidence, that's a well thought out strategy. And it works like a charm. So, for example, people are confused as to why the Democrats always seem to get slammed in the summers. That's because Congress is in recess, there is a news void and Fox fills that void with whatever propaganda they have decided will incite fear and loathing at that time. So, last summer it was death panels and Tea Parties. This summer it's the "Ground Zero Mosque"...
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 10:28 AM
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31. i'm sorry...but the other news orgs have agendas too
none of them are 'fair and balanced'...and you can look at the political donations of the various orgs to figure out what that agenda is. so, does Fox Snooze have an agenda? Hell yes. But so to CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC...

sP
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 01:32 PM
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33. False Equivalency Alert # 2
Give me a specific issue that CNN or MSNBC lied and fear mongered about all day every day for days or weeks that is anywhere near equivalent to what Fox does on a regular basis? Fox literally sends out agenda/talking point memos to their hosts but where is the evidence that CNN and MSNBC do the same?
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 11:20 AM
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32. K & R !!!
:kick:
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 01:46 PM
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34. The thing about it is
They no longer care what anyone says. No one will come after them for this. As an American saying goes, "They have become too big for their britches." Makes you wonder how embolden they will become?
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