Out Fox!

An editorial, and a call to action…

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Fox News Ignores the Journalists’ Code of Ethics

My grandfather, Denzel McBride Bennett, was the founder of a small newspaper, The Alpine Avalanche (http://www.alpineavalanche.com/). My father was a photojournalist. I took journalism classes in college; although, I ultimately focused on psychology and behavioral science. I was raised with an awareness of the Journalists' Code of Ethics (http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp). I believe strongly that journalists have a responsibility to report the news clearly and accurately to the public. I remember being absolutely stunned the first time I saw Fox News in the break room at FEMA where I was working. I could not believe the biased, unprofessional, sensationalistic slant of this so-called news station. I was even more appalled to see my fellow government employees sitting around watching this vociferous claptrap, believing it, and agreeing with it. That was 10 years ago. Since that time, the situation has only gotten worse.

Many Americans don't realize that Fox News is not actually a real news program. The people on Fox News are not newscasters or journalists. None of the Fox News “hosts” mentioned in this article (Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, John Stossel) have any educational background in journalism. They are actors playing parts in a massive and expensive propaganda campaign for the Republican party. However, people think that Fox News is an actual news program because it calls itself "news", and because it is played in many public places, just as if it were worthy of notice.

Fox News Actors Jeopardize Our Nation

In the years since Fox News has been in existence, this station has become more and more dangerous, divisive, and incendiary. Recently, an armed gunman, inspired by Fox News' Glenn Beck, was involved in a shootout with the police. The California Highway Patrol pulled him over for a traffic violation and found that he was heavily armed and headed for a small non-profit organization called The Tides Foundation (http://www.tides.org/) where he planned to lie in wait and start a “revolution“ by opening fire on workers as they arrived at the office.

The Tides Foundation, a group “dedicated to positive social change”, is an organization that Glenn Beck pontificates against on a regular and vehement basis. In fact, Beck had made negative assertions against the organization 29 times in the days immediately preceding the attack. During the same time period, the organization received little or no notice from legitimate news agencies because it had done little or nothing that was deemed newsworthy.

The non-professionals who act on Fox News are hired to stir up trouble and foment unrest, and recurring guests are chosen for their ability to contribute to this pursuit. For example, Jesse Lee Peterson, who is often a guest on Fox programming has been quoted as accusing most black Americans of having a poor moral character and saying that the majority of blacks are racist against whites. While, the host of the program, Sean Hannity, protested mildly at the time, it seems unlikely that Peterson will be excluded from future participation in Fox programming.

More race baiting is evident in the foolish Glenn Beck's repeated assertions that our president is a racist and hates whites and white culture, along with his ridiculous assertions that health insurance reform has anything at all to do with reparations for slavery. Furthermore, non-journalists Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly were quick to spread quotes out of context from Shirley Sherrod's speech to the NAACP. This underhanded, sneaky, unethical act did nothing but cause trouble. It cost taxpayers' dollars to sort it out, and it distracted from real news for several days while these self-interested fools crowed about how "prejudiced" against whites, Ms. Sherrod supposedly was. In the end, their assertions were proven untrue, but the damage was done.

Our country is placed in jeopardy by the groundless assertions of these foolish people who present themselves as qualified journalists and commentators and make ridiculous statements such as John Stossel's outrageous statement that the Civil Rights Act section regarding public accommodation should be repealed. The Civil Rights Act and all of its components were hard won by people who were qualified to do the work that needed to be done to assure equality for all American citizens. Our Civil Rights should not be threatened by foolish people who have no idea of what they speak and who are just mouthpieces for self-interested corporations, politicians, and other private interests.

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Fox is NOT a legitimate news organization. It has only convinced the public that it is through clever advertising and deception. Of course there are some people who actually choose to watch the travesty that appears on Fox News on a daily basis because they agree with the biased, hate-filled foolishness that spews forth from the actors portraying journalists; however, others are simply subjected to this farce because Fox is aired in public places as if it were actually legitimate news. The fact is, that this outpouring of divisiveness and race-baiting is a product of a company that is devoted to the Republican political agenda and actually contributed a million dollars to the Republican Governors Association. Stop being hoodwinked by Fox News. Turn it off.

Or...Simply Turn Off Fox News!

TV-B Gone is a handy little device that you can carry on your keychain to turn off any TV anywhere. You don't have to get up and move when Fox News pollutes the air in a public place with its lies and distortions. Just turn it off!

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Media (and I mean all of it, Fox, ABC, CNN, etc.) is a business and could not care less about Journalis' Ethic Code or the truth for that matter. They are out to make money and scandal sells better than serious reporting or high quality commentaries. They are nothing more than a propaganda tool, all of them have an agenda and are manipulated either from the right or from the left.

It is up to the public to learn how to read between the lines and look at the small print since we will never get any real information from TV or newspapers.


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justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your thoughts, Petra. I agree that this is the case today; however, it was not always so, and I believe it was Fox that started journalism on the slippery commercialism slope. I hope that one day we will return to the honest journalism I grew up with.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The people you mention are commentators somewhat akin to the edtorial and opinion page in a newspaper. There are top flight journalist on Fox, such as Brit Hume.By the way Stossel is a Libertarian as is Beck. O'Reilley is an Independent.. Hannity is a Republican. You did not mention Greta Van Sustren and Rivera who are Democrats.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

JustmeSuzanne, I enjoyed reading about your family's history with journalism. I don't watch Fox News or any other news for that matter, because I am not interested in the bias of any news agency. I am neither a liberal nor a conservative, and I am offended by material presented as news on both sides of the spectrum. However, I do believe in freedom of the press, which ultimately means the freedom to turn on or turn off any news source at will. Each of us should exercise that right freely.


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justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your comments. Dahogland, I did notice when I looked at the history of those I mentioned that they claim a variety of affiliations individually; however, Fox News is a corporation dedicated to supporting the Republican party.

Aya, I agree that we each have the right and responsibility to choose our news wisely; however, Fox News is shoved down people's throats in most public places because it is loud and attention grabbing. Because people are not taught critical thinking in school anymore, it is difficult for a growing number people to make clear judgments and informed choices. This is simply a matter of letting people know there is a choice, why there is a choice, and giving people the courage to put voice to the choice.


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Typical lib, we hear daily from those on the left that Fox lies, and is only there for entertainment! I can show you daily where the leftist media either lies or lets says omits the truth, Show me one giant lie from Fox? or Beck? or Oreilly? Or Hannity! .......im waiting? Why would you bash a station that is the only means of the American people to see the truth? This flores me! Why? Heres you a current example: Left media has hit Christine O"donnel for dabbing in witchcraft as a child, meaning she read a book and didn't like it, Her competitor is a self proclaimed Marxist! The leftist media failed to mention this...........FOX did!


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justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas Author

I gave several examples of Fox's lying and negative influence on society in my article. You might want to run your comments through a spell-checker before posting.


John Morris 5 years ago

The words Fox and News are incompatible and should never

be used together.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Not unless the fox is furry and endangered! :)


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ThisGirlsOpinion 5 years ago

Good article and good points!


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks! :)


MsSueLaneous 5 years ago

The comment by Mr. "American Romance" would be hilarious, if not so sad. I won't jab at him for his spelling, but "self-proclaimed Marxist?" Really?? He defends Faux News while proving himself to be just another willing casualty of it. The thing with Faux News viewers is they don't seem to WANT the truth. It's an ego thing. That's the main difference as I see it, between the right and left. We'd be the first ones to object to a manipulation attempt by one of our elected officials.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, they are being sold a bill of goods that, by denying reality, they can somehow turn back the clock to a "simpler" time when they didn't have to worry about the complex and challenging issues of today. Actually, they are just being recruited as a willing and clueless army for a bunch of corporate super-powers who want to create a world of rich and poor.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

justme:

And folks like AR buy it with no questions asked.

And the reason things were simpler was that the "outgroups" knew, or were kept in their place.

Lest they forget that was also a time when corps and their CEO's paid their fair share!


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Indeed! Thank you, TeaPartyCrasher! Keep crashing! :)


BerderdoAR 5 years ago

More disorganized rantings of another "Crazy Cat Lady". I'm wondering how many more of these people are created every year by government grant recievership army of social utopian "scholars" who've never worked or lived outside of an academic setting. I'm always impressed by the passion with which they whole-heartedly BELIEVE that only the liberal biased networks like CNN and MSNBC are "Authentic". It's most closely related to walking into a "Star Trek Convention" and observing all the attendees who actually BELIEVE that there is a Star Ship Enterprize out there treking throug the stars. "Do you want to hear what my name sounds like in Klingon?"


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Looks as if you wrote it in Klingon!

For your information, "BerderdoAR", I am an Army veteran - 91 Golf - Behavioral Science Specialist. I took Journalism courses at a junior college. When I was in junior college, I supported myself by working as a waitress and as a bus driver. I had no help. I have never received a grant of any kind. I got further education in the service. I used the knowledge, skills, and abilities I acquired to work successfully with disaster survivors via FEMA for 9 years and also to work with foster children with severe behavioral problems and communication deficits (for which I won awards from my state).

Based on your behavior and the level of communication you are exhibiting, I would like to redirect you to the following HUB:

Top 10 signs you are an idiot:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Top-10-signs-you-ar...

Please pay particular attention to item #8

"If someone has a different opinion, you engage in ad hominem attacks. EXCEPTION: you are trying, in earnest, to pick a fistfight.

If you don't know what ad hominem means, you may very well fit the category. It's certainly not proof, but there is an obvious correlation with consistently engaging in logical fallacies and being an idiot, I assure you.

However, if a person is saying something so offensive, so hair-brained, so egregious, that you feel duty-bound to put some lumps on them, then by all means, name-call for the betterment of mankind and with blessings."

For your edification, this article was also written by an Army veteran.

Oh - and also - I have never been to a Star Trek Convention (although I do know how to spell Enterprise). Thank you for sharing an insiders' view. Oh - and by the way - nice Klingon costume, American Romance!


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PaperNotes 5 years ago

It is indeed frustrating to find that the news programs that people love are not delivering reliable information.


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LaurelB 5 years ago from Paducah, Kentucky

Thank you for being brave enough to take on a hot-button issue like bias in the media. Sensationalism on any side of an argument is never helpful to the public. I believe it is everyone's duty as a citizen to look critically at the information presented in our media.

As an aside, I very much respect your status as an army veteran and the other work that you have done.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Laurel. It is also the #1 duty of the media to simply present facts and allow the public to make INFORMED decisions.


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BooksGalore 5 years ago from Hawaii

Sorry, but I don't think your assertions are fair. Fox News is the only station that gives us any conservative viewpoint. All the other media are so liberally biased and they are guilty of not reporting news that should be reported.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Well, sorry BooksGalore, but your assertions are ridiculous. Media news is far from excessively liberal, and are you aware that Faux News has decided not to (and will not be allowed to) expand into Canada BECAUSE it is illegal to lie on the news in Canada?

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