Thursday, May 05, 2005

Fox News Tricks Audience

Fox News continually deploys specific techniques of propaganda. You can see these collected and demonstrated in the documentary film Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (reviewed in the link above).

Rupert Murdoch is of course the richest Australian billionaire, a rabid partisan of the U.S. Republican and extreme rightwing conservative ideology. He owns media corporations that control cable, satellite, magazines, TV channels, etc., to the extent that one study concludes that 3 out of 4 people on Earth receive their media information through a Murdoch corporation. More Americans watch Fox News than watch CNN. Studies show that viewers of Fox News are by far unable to identify facts about the world when compared with viewers of other news programs. Most of this is due to Fox's method of confusing opinion with fact and fact with opinion according to their ideological constraints. The consequences of Fox propaganda have been massive -- for instance the re-election of G.W. Bush.

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The solution to this massive disinformation problem is quite easy:

1st, send in your complaints to the TV station whenever they muddy up the waters with their smear campaigns, their echo chamber of repeated phrases that are intended as micro-brainwashing, their habit of attributing their own opinion to "some people say . . .", their so-called "expert" paid consultants on air, their faux-liberal commentators, their character assassination campaigns, their shouting down every guest who attempts to say something true, their utter lack of coverage of crucial social issues in favor of their creating bogus wedge issues to divide the public. Let the TV station know that you aren't buying it -- nor their ads. Ask for real news instead.

2nd, get more accurate information from other sources.

3rd, send critiques of Fox News such as the video above to your friends.


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