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Murdoch in the Morning, Part II: Watching Fox

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I did a running diary of the Fox News coverage of the Murdoch hearings in Britain on Tuesday, and thought it would be a fine idea to watch Fox for a few hours on Thursday to see how often they talked about that testimony...William Rivers Pitt continued...


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Kit B (276)
Friday July 22, 2011, 9:50 pm

Murdoch in the Morning, Part II: Watching Fox

by: William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

File this under "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time." I did a running diary of the Fox News coverage of the Murdoch hearings in Britain on Tuesday, and thought it would be a fine idea to watch Fox for a few hours on Thursday to see how often they talked about that testimony, as well as the whole phone-hacking scandal. I decided to re-create a "Watching Fox" running diary I did ten years ago.


What follows is a blow-by-blow breakdown of my Thursday with Fox News. I lasted as long as I could, and I'm not doing it again for another ten years.


10:00 a.m. - Bring the pain. First thing on is a commercial attacking Obama for the health care bill. But here's the funny part: the voice-over says "My mom's Medicare is going to be cut..." but I guarantee I'm about to watch a day of Republican congresspeople arguing on camera to do just that in the debt-ceiling fight. The cognitive dissonance did not wait around to make an appearance.

10:01 a.m. - The "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill is up in the Senate. Romney is now tied with Obama in the presidential race, according to a "Democratic-leaning polling agency." Rich Lowry of the National Review comes on to say Obama will lose to any "acceptable Republican," which means (if you read between the lines) that Romney is not acceptable. Lowry thinks Pawlenty has a chance, and even squeezes Palin's name into his assessment.

10:05 a.m. - A "disturbing report": billions of U.S. tax dollars intended to rebuild Afghanistan may have wound up in the hands of extremists. To paraphrase, no, this is not a repeat from 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, or Iraq.

Please do continue reading....

Kamila A (141)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 10:45 am
FOX and us are two different universes, neither gets anything the other says

Susanne R (236)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 11:56 am
I LOVE William Rivers Pitt's sense of humor --not to mention his political opinions. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch Fox News for any more than the time it takes for the up or down arrow to pass it by while channel surfing, but I don't doubt that the idocy Mr. Pitts describes is a typical day at Fox News. Was surprised to learn that John Stossel joined the Dark Side but not too disappointed. His reports on 20/20 never provided any information of substance, and he always came across as the "nerdy" school boy who got chased home from school every day by the kids he annoyed. He's right where he belongs --with mental giants like Geraldo Rivera ("Geraldo at Large"? Did he escape from prison or something?) and the bosomy, bleached blondes who seem to serve no useful purpose, unless you're a deaf man who simply likes to look but would rather forgo the nonsense.

Thanks for a great post, Kit!

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 5:00 pm

the hurts...

thank you beer...well wine :)

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Saturday July 23, 2011, 7:29 pm
ThankX Kit. I didn't make it to noon! TOO many years of helping the elderly with Faux news on in the background 24/7!!! All bright and Lovely people. All Repukes. Wonder why???

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 1:56 am
What a face Rupert Murdoch has. The wages of sin is to look like that!
Here is the face of an 85 year old man who spent his life working as a singer, performer and raising money for his abused countrymen that survived an earthquake and a genocide. The wages of love and caring look like this:
It's his farewell concert at the age of 85 years.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 4:55 am

Roger G (148)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 12:55 pm

Wayne W (12)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 3:27 pm
"No, it's not. It's gonna be like 100, maybe 99. A heat index, manufactured by the government to tell you what it feels like when you add the humidity in there."

Rush went on to defiantly point out that no one has ever, ever, said "It's not the heat, it's the humidity".
Rush is not fooled by that science-y stuff.

The heat index was developed in 1978 by George Alfred Winterling, an early television weather broadcaster. His work was based on the work of Robert G. Steadman, an academic textile researcher. A TV weatherman and an academic, not the government.

There was a good suggestion in the comments. Someone should make a Mystery Science Theater 3000-like film about Fox News, with snarky comments and actual facts. Michael Moore, looking for a project?

We should send Mr. Pitt both a thank you card and a condolence card, plus a case of beer. I hope he recovers quickly.

SuSanne P., show them how to use the remote.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 4:20 pm
Fox will never give you the news concerning Murdoch. Their motto should be: The News "unfair and unbalanced.

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Sunday July 24, 2011, 5:33 pm
M is the man behind the curtain, pulling all of the strings.. He will never be visible.

He is the one who set up the whole structure of Faux News, along with hiring Conservative extreme right wing Presidential candidates, (but none on the other side of the fence) to be 'consultants' for a supposed 'fair and balanced' organization.. The strategy is to, hire only extreme right wing candidates running for President.. and call it fair and balanced. What a concept, brilliant.. NO ONE will ever see through this one.. This will fool everyone for hundreds of years.

M is also the one who set up the 'news' for local Tea Party meetings that Faux News broadcasts to all of their viewers. No other reputable news organization advertises just ONE extremist party political meetings... Fair and balanced all right...

What kind of brilliant minds came up with this concept? Spout propoganda, hatred, fear and extremism, clothe it in 'fair and balanced' and then it is all ok. Of Course everyone will vote the Faux News way.. It is the only 'fair and balanced' news available... lol.

If M gets his way, better learn to love this, as it will be the ONLY thing on TV, radio and newspapers, as long as he or his family is in charge of it. He is on the path to taking it all over, unless someone stops him..

The only thing I see standing in his way? He is using public airwaves which we, the people own.


Ray M (0)
Monday July 25, 2011, 2:21 pm
What a hoot! A big thank you to Wm. Pitt for enduring the agony of FAUX news for so long. It's a dirty, rotten job but someone had to do it. He deserves a thousand green stars and a gold crown.
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