Believe it or not but the Dutch TV
broadcasted a US documentary about FOX yesterdayevening. (see: http://www.outfoxed.org/). So It's time for some more European critisism.
Let me first say that there was only 1hr of footage I saw which may not be representative for the rest of what FOX broadcasts... As the fact that documentaries like these or Fahrenheit 911, Supersize me report mainly from 1 different point of view (based on facts though). But there are several things that concern me about FOX. And let me point out, I am basing on broadcasted facts.
- They tell people to SHUT UP
. It's not polite and they don't let people finish with what they are talking about.
- Independent research showed that Fox viewers compared to Public Access viewers had very different opinions about news facts.
For instance: Do you think the rest of the world agrees with the war in Iraq?
Public access viewers: 5% thinks they do, Fox viewers: 35% thinks they do.
A similar percentage of viewers thinks weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.
As far as I know most of the world is still against Iraq (notice, the question is not about if the war is justified, but what the opinion of the war in other countries). And as far as I know there are no weapons of mass destruction (they didn't find them, though I wouldn't be surprised if they have hidden away something)
- They say this sentence.. "Goodevening, it's 108 days left before we re-elect our president". Are you allowed to actually say that?? You openly speak out to your viewers that Bush will be re-elected.
Well, that's the guys own decision, but to say that in public on TV
and with the slogan "We Report YOU Choose!" is misleading. Even more misleading if you mention the "Fair and Balanced" reports.
- Calling Kerry, French John Kerry is not very fair.. (nor is it fair for France) that's mud throwing. They don't call Bush, German George Bush.. (sounds catchy) do they??
- Completely incorrect is that that O Reilly guy actually says "cut off his mic"! Same as the Shut-up issue, not fair.. don't treat your guests like that, his guests may be wrong, but it looks highly suspicious this way.
- Doubtfull issue: There are confidential notes indicating what news they have to report, they advice (very subtile and politically correct) to choose party.. or start rumours.
A presenter who didn't stick to one of the notes saying "palestinian suicidebombers are now to be called humicidebombers" got fired because he said: suicidebombers are always humicidebombers, because they die themselves".
These things are not what I expect from a TV
station, whether it is FOX backing Bush or CNN backing Kerry, or CNBC backing Nader. You should remain independent. Ad I don't say it's just FOX doing this kind of stuff.. China blocked the broadcast of CNN when they reported about the student revolution XX years ago.
In Europe some TV
stations sometimes tend to be more positive about Kerry then Bush (though keep in mind, that we do not vote for these guys... I never see things like these when it comes to our own elections). Though we do hear that Kerry voted for the war in Iraq as well, and that he is not very stabile.
Still, according to me, FOX does make mistakes in what they do. All parties deserve an equal chance of competing against each other, don't let that be spoiled by any media.