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Fox News' Union-Busting Crusade

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Fox News' coverage of the recent protests in Wisconsin was rife with falsehoods about unions and attacks on the pro-union protesters. This continues a long pattern of smears and fabrications that characterizes Fox News' campaign to scapegoat and vilify la


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H Nick H (1826)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:31 am
They should never be able to use the word NEWS when they talk about Fox. It's just a right wing media outlet, one of thousands (in this case mostly owned by R Murdock....a "right wing" bigot). They speak for the republican party and even funded and help start the tea party. So, they are the least crediable source for any news. I can't believe they still have their station license and are still allowed to broadcasts their dribble, other than Karl Rove and others give their blessings. It's sick.

THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED, one way or another. Normal people need to SPEAK UP whenever you see one of Murdocks stations on the air in public. Each of us can do least. I do. I almost get in fights at the VA Hospital because of it, but it has to change sometime. And I keep speaking up and out about it.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:35 am

Wow, last evening the DVR recorded something on Fox and the channel was still there and I heard them talking about the unions. Other then the expected lack of truth, they were spouting absolute lies. Teachers work a half a day? In what universe? School begins at 8:00 or 8:30am depending on the district, teachers need to be there by 7:00 to 7:30 to have the days work ready and greet the early students. They then stay an average of one hour after the student's leave, janitors clean the floors not the teachers desk. So even with the 20 minutes for lunch and the 40 minute "break" always used for school work, we work the same hours as any one. Yes, we do have summers off, then again our pay does reflect that. All of our retirement and health care is taken from our pay checks - it's not free. The state collects the retirement money and then invests it and collects a profit for doing so, all this crap about unions should be transparent to all but the most indoctrinated. On the high side of the pay scale with 20+ years in service some will make (depending on the state) from $40,000 to $50,000 a year, of course that high also includes having a masters degree and years of in-service or continuing education. Now really how many in the private sector must jump through these hoops?

We don't have just one boss, we have one or two per student and the whole damn country always making judgements and using us as their scapegoat for all of societies ills.

Helen Avila (166)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 5:43 am
But But Beckbaby belongs to a union,, I guess he's going to resign and give his money back right?

Glenn Byrnes (197)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:09 pm
This is why I don't like Fox News. Why my father keeps watching it I'll never know. "Fair and balanced" my Aunt Selma.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:28 pm
I agree with Nick, they should not carry the word News. They are a bought and paid for propaganda machine for the Corporations.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:35 pm
When one person, such as Rupert Murdoch, owns TV stations, cable networks, newspapers, radio stations, and Websites, we see the wisdom of the Federal laws against such ownership levels. How did this happen if there are Federal laws against concentration of power? It was easy for Murdoch, just get a waiver - it's amazing what happens when you already own them and then they have to take them away.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:41 pm

I think Patrick what you are talking about is the Fairness Doctrine, and the died under Reagan.

The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission's view, honest, equitable and balanced. The 1949 Commission Report served as the foundation for the Fairness Doctrine since it had previously established two more forms of regulation onto broadcasters. These two duties were to provide adequate coverage to public issues and that coverage must be fair in reflecting opposing views. The Fairness Doctrine should not be confused with the Equal Time rule. The Fairness Doctrine deals with discussion of controversial issues, while the Equal Time rule deals only with political candidates. Wiki


Kriti S (26)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:09 pm
Fox lies will always be lies. Fox is heavily funded by the Conservatives.

Opinion of what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin depends on an accurate understanding of what happened. The articles in America's newspaper including Fox News of record : by incorrectly reporting Walker's willingness to compromise, by omitting basic facts that undermine the narrative of the pro-union left, and by focusing on means (collective bargaining limits) and virtually ignoring ends (balanced budgets) : make such an understanding more difficult.
Walker created the crisis, not the 14 Dems that absented themselves.
The quorum was a result of Walkers negative tactics, not the other way around.

Roger G (148)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 3:13 pm
the world has to get rid of this kind of fake reports !

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:17 pm
Noted, thanks Norm. Everything fair died under Reagan.

Norm C (74)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:29 pm
I'm not sure what the specific source of the rule regarding the number of radio stations, TV stations, newspapers, etc. one company can own. I'm thinking it may be the FCC's implementation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act. But in the case of Murdoch, he got an exemption several years ago so that he would not have to sell some stations. Nice little sweetheart deal, eh?

Roseann d (178)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:42 pm
How ironic that Beck just aired a piece criticizing the Japanese for looting...(more like survival ahole) and that people should have respect for one another. I see Beck has a double standard when it comes to the Greedy Ol Party looting from the poor and middle classes.

Patricia Geller (34)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 9:07 pm
when is this man's putrid heart going to explode? How long do we have to wait?

patricia lasek (317)
Friday March 18, 2011, 7:04 am
I keep hoping that Beck, Bill O, Rush and all their ilk will self-destruct.

Hans M (591)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:01 am
I'm not a Constitutional lawyer but my understanding is that The Fairness Doctrine has been strongly opposed by libertarians who view it as an attack on First Amendment rights and property rights. Perhaps I should take Beck and Rush more seriously but I look upon them as a couple of clowns.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:24 pm
Fox does direct harm to our country, Hans. They use our media to spread lies to further corporate fascism. I'm not a Constitutional lawyer either but my understanding is that The Fairness Doctrine was enacted to protect the people. The Constitution was said to be reviewed every 20 years or so and amended to protect the people. That hasn't been done. Libertarians appear to stand for more lawlessness. It's just another gimmick to give republicans another name so they can distance themselves from fascism while voting for them. The entire right wing is a joke.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:00 pm
Patricia M Lasek ROCKS!!!

Sharon F (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 2:17 pm

Boycott Faux News!

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:02 pm
May God bless my lovely prof. for he was right: Fox news are like the mafia!!
What is there to do but boycott it? :/
You dont need their c***!

Past Member (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:16 pm
Liberal-socialist delusional idiocy. Say, did anybody write down what Obama's basketball picks were?

Norm C (74)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:33 pm
The Fairness Doctrine said that you could not lie, distort and call things news that are commentary. It did nothing to infringe upon free speech. If something was your opinion, you had to say that it was your opinion. PERIOD.

Edward M (8)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 6:15 am
Can't you operate an effective boycott of Fox News and its owners, News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch).
If you can seriously damage their bottom line, then they may think twice about their selective and, at times, false reporting.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 8:56 am
Boycott Fox News advertisers and then write them a nice note telling them why.
While you’re in the mood to stand up and fight back, at the same time boycott the Koch brothers Georgia-Pacific product Companies. and sign the petition of commitment “Stop Financing the Annihilation of Democracy.” It’s one thing to complain about a situation or condition and entirely another to do something, even if it may require a little personal discomfort or inconvenience.

Norm C (74)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:13 pm
Of course, we can do that if someone is prepared to sacrifice their sanity by watching FOX for about a solid week and writing down all their advertisers, including the ads placed there by the cable or satellite co. Then publicize the list and get thousands to write letters to each and ask their advertisers to pull them or redirect them by a specific date, or we will not purchase anything from them again until their ads are permanently pulled.

The first thing we need is a list of advertisers. The next thing needed is a list of contacts, email and USPS, at the advertisers. Then just a sample letter for everyone to send. I'm game. How about you?

Rosanne G (28)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:15 pm
How dare any of you claim that any other station corners the market on NEWS. They lean so far to the left, to Obama, to socialism, to just plain LAME STREAM MEDIA that if you are going to point the finger at FOX NEWS, then you might want to look at the 3 other fingers that are pointing back to you & your tunnel vision. Of what are you afraid? If you stop FOX does that help yours & Obama's left wing agenda? “Force no matter how silent begets resistance.” Me thinks you Protest Too Much! The only way liberals think they can control the nation is by silencing the opposition, name-calling & by violating the right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH. If you don't want to watch FOX NEWS, then don't. I don't listen to your avenues of socialism or Communism or Liberalism. That's why TVs & RADIOs have ON/OFF switches. You are all so pathetic if you think you can SHUT DOWN the moral majority with your own dictatorial standards. Please stop trying to run this country into the ground along with your unqualified President by ignoring all people's Constitutional right. The Constitution was written "Of the People, By the People, for the People" Since when do you think you get to control the media & to determine to whom the Constitution pertains? This is what is wrong with your viewpoint: YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH. It is really sad to me that you don't understand the meaning of peaceful coexistence. It's always your way or the highway. I thank God for FOX NEWS because at least a little light & a lot of truths get exposed. Again, I repeat, you are fear mongering & quite afraid of your agenda being squashed. Poor things. Do you need a shot of "self-esteem" or better yet, why don't we chug on over to Mamby-Pamby land & get you some self-confidence, you jackwagons? You all better learn to ease up & laugh a little, because you take yourselves way too seriously. Does it scare you that FOX NEWS is the most watched NEWS STATION? I'd say so, but then you don't think I have the right to a different opinion. BOO HOO for you.

Norm C (74)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:26 pm
fox news is NOT the most watched news source. It is the least accurate and most dishonest source. It is losing viewers faster than any source out there as a result. Please comment some more. One rarely hears such really silly stuff. I haven't had this good a laugh in years!

Hans M (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:49 pm
@Norm - You've been watching too much Mother Jones or Alternet. Why don't you go to a broadcasting industry source rather than publishing misinformation -

TV By The Numbers (Click Here)

Hans M (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:56 pm
Good for you Rosanne. Love your A Few Good Men line "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH". Semper Fi.

Norm C (74)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 1:06 pm
Still can't read, Hans, Paul, sfpaul, Ben, Rosanne?

News source isn't same as cable channel.

Nothing quite like quoting a criminal, even it it is a fictional one! Especially in defense of the greatest purveyors of lies. You just get funnier and more insanely appropriate by the minute!

Hans M (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 1:57 pm
@Norm - In the United States and many other countries, Fox News is a cable channel, It's even a cable channel in Seattle. I can send you the channel number of you are having trouble tuning in. And according to your own words Fox News is a "watched" news source ("fox news is NOT the most watched news source") . Now read this closely - therefore Fox News is a cable channel news source, Now if you are referring to late night cabel news souces between such and such an hour, then you need to state that. Don;t forget to "promote peace and exist in peace."

Janis B (7)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2:53 pm
It isn't news at all, just Faux News

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2:53 pm
The FCC needs to take a look at Fox. Incessant right-wing propaganda should not be allowed to masquerade as a news channel.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:00 pm
I agree with Kit that most teaachers are underpaid. I suspect that most critics of the teaching profession have no idea how much work goes into a typical school day.

Susanne R (236)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:16 pm
When we vote out all the Republicans up for re-election in 2012, let's also get rid of Fox News. I read these posts ever day, so I know there is a multitiude of intelligent and creative minds out there, and I'm sure you can think of many ways to knock Fox off its pedestal. We have to come up with a plan. And we have to be united in our efforts!

Norm C (74)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:50 pm
Hans, Paul, sfpaul, Ben, Rosanne, or whatever you'll be calling yourself next month?
Cable is not the ONLY source of news . All your numbers demonstrated is that it is the most watched CABLE source. It does not hold a candle to ABC, NBC or CBS in the US nor to the CBC or CTV in Canada nor to the BBC in Britain.
I still find your admiration for the utterances of a fictional felon highly appropriate.

Audrey L (37)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:52 pm
Fox OPINION STATION, is not a news station, and should be referred to as an OPINION station.Right Wing that is. Normal sane people do not watch crazies yelling and screaming.

Audrey L (37)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 4:01 pm
So glad Jon Stewart and Colbert will be back next week, so miss all the comedy that fox supplies them.

William Y (54)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 5:00 pm
@Craig Zimmerman,Obviously with all the negative rhetoric aimed at teachers.

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 6:47 pm
Not a single person I know, on the right or the left, is surprised at Fox trying to bust unions.
Fox loves Big Business and Big Business, of course, does not love unions.

Unfortunately, many, many people will sell their souls for the almighty dollar and the almighty dollar in this case, is millions of almighty dollars. So, we can complain all we want, while the disgraceful takers of the devils purse, laugh all the way to the bank.

I speak for no one, but myself, but either I was born with a conscience or my upbringing endowed me with one. Integrity and self-respect are more essential than a bank full of cash; and, believe me I like money, the same as anyone else.

I'm no saint. If I was, I wouldn't have had as much fun as I did, in life.
It's a question of priorities, nothing else.
There is a line, that some of us, just won't cross.

Hans M (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:06 pm
@Norm C. -

"Cable is not the ONLY source of news "

"fox news is NOT the most watched news source"

Maybe all that Seattle rain has dampened your thinking or maybe you just like to twist words like politicians love to do. Take note that you referred to Watched news. Now maybe you watch your newspaper or radio on the television but that would be highly unusual and laughable. Se remember, if a = b and b = c then a = c. Put another way, if Norm is a socialist and socialists are goofy then Norm is goofy.

Don't forget to "promote peace and exist in peace."

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:09 pm
One thing baffles me about TRUE conservatives.
If they followed George Will or Charles Krauthammer, and others of like-thinking, I would understand it, mayabe, not agree, but would understand.
However, to follow buffoons and prevaricators of the truth is something different, altogether.

Why in the world, would anyone support people who don't know truth from fiction?
I hate to mention the names of the nutjobs, not wanting to give them any more attention, but GEE WHIZ, don't Tea Party Republican disciples know a phony, when they see one?

pam M (98)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:32 pm
I agree with Craig Z and Kit. Teachers are the most under paid for what they must endure. Lack of backing from school officials, the educational system and parents. Not to mentioned having to put up daily with entitled, ill mannered and disrespectful brats!!!

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:45 pm

If finding that Fox is a deplorable excuse for a news source automatically (though with very faulty logic) makes someone a socialist then sign me up. I want only one thing from the news - facts. I don't care about personal opinions or the latest thoughts from some paid talking head. I'll figure out my own take on the news from the facts. Should I want an analysis - I know where I'd go for that and it would not be Fox.

PS --- Beck is an idiot! With only a high school education is it any wonder he gets everything wrong?

Ray M (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 8:15 pm
Of course. Big corporate bucks pay their salaries AND benefits by the way, so why shouldn't they spit out venom for them. Can't bite the hand that feeds you. FAUX news is just a mouthpiece for corporate America. What puzzles me is why anyone would believe or listen to this piece of crap network. SAP (stupid american people.) The talking heads are laughing all the way to the bank - in the Cayman Islands - to cheat the dreaded tax man. Lovely Americans all.

William Y (54)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 10:51 pm
@ Charlene R. If they knew a phony when they see one they wouldn't be TEA partiers.

Carlene V (202)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 9:13 am
@ Roseanne - Whew, how much faux noise koolaide have you been drinking? You really think they tell the truth? Gave us some REAL examples please! The actors on faux aren't even good at acting, they lie all the time. I turn on faux just to see what bull they are spreading on a given day. You say we can't handle the truth? You're kidding right? Faux Noise does NOT tell the truth, get a grip on reality, really. The have you fooled and you are just another lemming running to the cliff and once over the side, they could care less about any of you, it's all about the money stuffed in their pockets.

Rand Martin (27)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:32 pm
The trolls are out in force on this little tidbit. If the lame stream media is so liberal, why aren't they telling us the tea party is funded and controlled by the greedy billionaire Kock brothers? Why haven't we seen that the video by Mr O'Keefe was, as all his other videos, edited to make it look like something it was not. Why haven't we seen the polls that show people who get the news from Fox are the most uninformed of all Americans. Why haven't we been told that Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Hannity all union members. If these greedy, sociopathic scumbags can bust the unions, they will have more money to give to the already too rich. Fox news wouldn't last 30 minutes in a real democracy. Tax the rich, they can afford it.

Dianna M (16)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:37 pm
I don't understand how people can watch Fox "News". The Fox network--and its on-air personalities--are NOT INTERESTED in making anything better for anyone but themselves. They're nothing but fear-mongers. They're not interested in you or your problems--just your money.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:20 pm
Fox News is no news. Fox News is propaganda.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:34 pm
@Norm C.
You’re right of course, no one could stand that much Fox News. Perhaps we could withstand a half hr. or eve a pop in from time to time, given their commercials air endlessly and are often repeated, it would not require that much stomach flu symptoms to compile a fairly comprehensive list. If you manage to do it, please forward on in order to save others from enduring the same fate. And yes it will require some group organizational skills and effort. So long as the internet is still allowed to function freely, not out of the question.
Yes I’ll start the ball rolling if we can come together and stay on message doing something. Of course we know the right is confident we can’d and won’t..

Rich B. (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:21 pm
I find iit interesting some of you want to take away someones Constitutional right to free speech. If FOX is such a biased network then why are their ratings much better than CBS, NBC, MSNBC and ABC? MSNBS is a liberal news organization and they like any network have the right to program what they want. If you don't like, then don't watch it.

As a taxpayer, I support the move by Congress to defund NPR. There is no logical reason they cannot suport themselves like any other commercial enterprise.

As far as unions go, I have several issues with them. In some states, employees are forced to pay dues and the union bosses decide for themselves who to give money to election time. If being a member of a union is such a good thing, then why are they so worried about joining the unions oprtional. They dictate the amount of pay you will receive even if your worth more. They just want YOUR hard eaned money to use as they please without any real benefit to the member.


Norm C (74)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:36 pm
Rich, No one says the people on FOX can't speak their mind (or what passes for one there). But there is a profound difference between news and opinion and spin and propaganda. Fox does do news occasionally. But as their own memos demonstrate, that is not their real business. BS is their business. Lies are their stock in trade. Deceit and dishonesty is their currency.

As for NPR, you obviously have not been paying attention. I have several complaints with NPR; they have to do with not fulfilling their mission of providing a voice to those viewpoints NOT expressed on commercial media. While NPR is doing a much better job than PBS is at airing the voices banned from commercial broadcasting, they still leave a lot to be desired.

I realize that as you get your information from FOX and its radio cousins, you would have no idea what viewpoints you are not hearing. I would add that just because you do not understand the views of others does not mean that theirs are wrong. Most of us over here actually hold our news sources up to scrutiny while it appears that FOX viewers just swallow everything whole without question. That appears to be the reason so many FOX viewers believe so much stuff that is not true.

With respect to unions, you are again proving that FOX viewers believe stuff that is not true. Union dues cannot be used for electoral purposes. PERIOD. Unions can only use funds that members give SPECIFICALLY and additionally for electoral/campaigning purposes. As for the rest of your union comments, they are so devoid of accuracy as to be laughable.

Patricia Geller (34)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:47 pm
I know freedom of speech means just that, but out and out lies which do harm and/or effect on a life of those hearing what's being said should be a crime and illegal.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:49 am
I chose to watch BBC world, CBC, and some American BUT not Fox.
I think this gives me a good balance in reporting.
I am not interested in Rants, Lies, and raving lunatics giving me their opinion.
I want the facts not some opinion.

Warren Webber (26)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 10:14 am
Wish I could be part of a union, not be on minimum wage.
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