Friday :: Aug 6, 2004

A Box Of Quackers

by pessimist

You know the old saying about if something looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's probably duck?

The last couple of days, the epither 'fascist' has been bandied about - and not just here on this blog.

I doubt that the author of this article even knows we exist, so I don't think we here influenced his choice of words. In addition, the author isn't some snot-nosed high-school twerp whose Reaganite Fundamentalist conservative school board saw to it that only certain 'facts' could be presented in the educational process.

FOX News or Fascist News?

I try never to use the word "fascist" to describe someone. The word represents all the horrors of Nazi Germany. It is so loaded with hateful meanings that it is almost impossible to find someone who lives up to its horror.

But I am inclined to use fascist to describe FOX Network owner Rupert Murdoch, his main mouthpiece Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes, who runs FOX News.


Murdoch's and Ailes' goals and O'Reilly's conduct share so much with the actions and words of the Third Reich it is frightening.

Murdoch began his career as a media owner in 1964 when he inherited his first newspaper. Today his newspapers --- most of which are tabloid scandal sheets --- his television stations, networks and satellite television systems reach 4.7 billion people. FOX News, as the full time propaganda arm of the Republican party, has reshaped America by giving millions of viewers a diet of concocted outrage, glowing reports on the Bush administration, lies, distortions and the misrepresentation of facts.

FOX News controls its message through a daily memo from Roger Ailes and other managers to all producers, directors and on-air personalities. Every employee is expected to follow and reinforce the daily line, which is enforced with Stalinist-style discipline. [See, KevenE? I'm not the only one who sees this connection! - ed]

The daily memo even issues words to be used by every on-air personality, words like flip-flop. So if you watch FOX and everyone refers to John Kerry as a flip-flopper, it's because the White House and the Republican National Committee did so and FOX backs their propaganda 100%.

Everything on FOX News is designed to advance the Republican party.

A new movie proves this in very stark terms. OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a new documentary film on DVD available only from selected websites.(Available from The entire film provides a valuable primer on propaganda and how to use it to shape public opinion. It should be required viewing in every high school civics class.

Bill O'Reilly is the on-air personality who best represents the FOX News style and philosophy. Sean Hannity receives little attention in the film but is identified by one former FOX News consultant as a "Republican cheerleader". Brit Hume, the channel's featured respectable journalist, is shown as a brittle right-wing spokesman who mixes news with opinion. Alan Colmes, who is Sean Hannity's limp foil, was the most pitiful person on FOX News.

I wonder how anyone who works there can hold their head up at the supermarket. I am sure money has something to do with it, but even the guy at the news stand in the lobby must have trouble looking at himself in the mirror each morning.

This film proves that it is time to return the equal time provision to electronic media which use our airways to make billions. OUTFOXED, Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism should be exhibit one at the hearings.

So - if something looks like a fascist, talks like a fascist, acts like a fascist, and hangs out with fascists, then it's probably fascist?

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