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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bias Alerts? Fox In Denial

The front page of Fox News website has, of late, featured a recurring post called “Bias Alert” where the network writes stories pointing the finger at other news agencies for what Fox calls “media bias” showing favoritism for President Obama. Fox is not,however, quick to embrace their own never-ending criticism and attacks on the President. The network seems to operate on under the delusion that they are being  “fair” and refusing to acknowledge their obsessive bias against him.
Fox’s stated mission of exposing the bias in all other media sources has long been a source of fuel for the right wing, but since President Obama came into office, the network’s true agenda has been fomenting anger, hatred and cynicism toward President Obama among it’s audience. Sadly, Fox simply will not admit that their true purpose and intent is to attack and destroy President Obama by any means.
Logically, a statement of being “fair and balanced” would imply that they would report impartially, being equally critical of both political parties. Without being up front and admitting it, Fox’s position seems to be “No one else is criticizing the President so we will.” And they do, in great abundance.
Today's example; early Wednesday morning, October 3rd the front page of FoxNews.com was plastered with an oversize headline (As is the custom on their site) informing readers of the “Fascinating video of racially charged Obama speech.”
They point to video of a 40-minute speech that Obama gave as a Senator and candidate in 2007. Speaking to an audience of black ministers and giving his thoughts on how the Government handled of the devastation in New Orleans, following  Hurricane Katrina compared to other disasters.
Snapshot of headline changed by afternoon.
Unedited, here is what he said. Note, this is an exact match to the quote used by Fox to make their accusation
“I want to give you one example because this really steams me up. This isn't in the prepared remarks. Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later. There is a law, federal law when you get reconstruction money from the federal government, called the Stafford act. And basically, it says, when you get federal money, you have to give a 10 percent match, the local government's got to come up with 10 percent. Every $10 the federal government comes up with, the local government's got to give a dollar.Now, here's the thing. When 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford act, said, this is too serious a problem. We can't expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you have to put in. Well, here's $10. And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, look at this devastation! We don't expect to you come up with your own money here! Here's the money to rebuild.We are not going to wait for to you scratch it together because you are part of the American family. What's happening down in New Orleans? Where's your dollar? Where's your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense. Tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out.”

No where in this statement does Mr. Obama make any mention of race. No where does he make any direct charge of racial motivation in the tragic lack of response to Katrina. He simply states facts. The Stafford Act was indeed waived for 9-11 Hurricane Andrew victims. Not for New Orleans. Yet in the alternate reality of Fox News, this is somehow race bating and this somehow equates to Obama echoing rapper Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” debacle. Nope, no bias there.

In their article Fox points out that they contacted the campaign for response to the video, and that Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt had responded to the AP saying the surfacing of the video was "a transparent attempt to change the subject" at a time when Mitt Romney is down in the polls.” LaBolt actually used the term “Mitt Romney’s allies” as being responsible for releasing the video, of course Fox declined to include that fact which would implicate themselves along with pundit Tucker Carlson of The Daily Caller which re-posted the video online and manufactured the new controversy.
One short click away in FoxNews.com’s sub-domain “Fox Nation” contains another hyperactive accusation article titled “Obama slams violent rich people – unearthed video” making similar over hyped, made up associations around another of the President’s speeches in 2002 where he said
The spirit of empathy condemns not only the use of firehoses and attack dogs to keep people down but also accountants and tax loopholes to keep people down. I’m not saying that what Enron executives did to their employees is the moral equivalent of what Bull Connor did to black folks, but I’ll tell you what, the employees at Enron feel violated. When a company town sees its plant closing because some distant executives made some decision despite the wage concessions, despite the tax breaks, and they see their entire economy collapsing, they feel violence”

They'll probably sue me for using this.
This quote is copied and pasted "as is" from Fox's website. You can clearly see how they bold specific lines to create a false emphasis and attempt to assign some deeper meaning. His statement was pertaining to the difficulties facing low and middle income Americans when compared with Corporations and CEO's who often have an unfair advantage.

"Fox Nation" is blog style playground located within Fox's website catering to the most radical and extremist right wing readers and bloggers. 1 out of every 4 headlines contains inflammatory language designed to whip up Conservative anger against Liberals and the President. 

"Today's examples include such article titles as:

"Obama 'Destroying Records' in 'Cyber Bonfire'"
"Navy SEAL Ad Ravages Obama" 'Politics Before Patriotism?'"
"Coulter Crushes Racebaiter On Live TV: 'You're Clearly A Moron'"
"Rove Drops Another Devastating Ad On Obama"

and of course my personal favorite,

"CNN Caught Juicing Headline"

Bias? Yeah, no. No bias here. 

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