Lying Media Bastards

October 18, 2005


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Watched the documentary Outfoxed the other day. It was better than I thought it would be. I’d been led to believe that it would be mostly a narrated montage of Fox News footage proving that the network was politically conservative. Instead, it was a comination of footage and commentary from media critics and former Fox News staff about the methods and tactics employed by the network to support Republicans and their conservative agenda.

It had its problems, of course. Out of the film’s like 30 interview subjects, I think 3 of them were from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). And while they’re a good media watchdog group, seeing these same guys again and again (especially since I personally know some of them), seemed to bias the film somewhat.

Second, not very many women or people of color were interviewed. Surely young and middle-aged white men aren’t the only ones with opinions about Fox News.

Third, the ending was fucking terrible. It inspired me to take action, because the suggestions of these vanguards of the “media reform movement” aren’t going to accomplish a fucking thing. “We need to get the Fairness Doctrine back and pressure the FCC and complain to your local news outlets that you don’t like what they’re showing and blah blah blah.”

We should spend our time fighting for laws that will make corporate media slightly nicer? That they’ll ignore and fight like hell to overturn anyway? We should fight for the legal right to broadcast on airwaves that are already ours?

When media is little more than a way to grab advertising dollars, I don’t think any sort of “reform” is going to save us. I think the only hope is to try to starve corporate media to death while doing our best to support the kinds of media that we do like.

Posted by Jake on October 18, 2005 7:37 pm

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