Monday, August 15, 2016

Why the news should be open, free and truly balanced

LP note: Read carefully the news story below. From it, doesn't Fox News sound like the kind of government controlled news source in less open societies like Iran and North Korea … even Russia? Fortunately, Fox News is not the official mouthpiece of the U.S. government but rather the official mouthpiece of a large multinational corporation. Imagine, however, if that corporation or a corporation like it gained control over the U.S. government. A devastating thought....

Fox News confronts (but just barely) a scandal in its own house

By Paul Farhi August 14 at 6:22 PM, WashPost

It’s one of the most intriguing stories of the summer, a tale of sex, money, politics and corporate skulduggery that would seem especially ripe for coverage and discussion by the firebrands at Fox News.

Except Fox News barely seems to have noticed.

Ever since former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit July 6 against the network’s co-founder and chairman, Roger Ailes, Fox has been tight-lipped about telling its viewers about the allegations, which have turned the network upside down.

Fox mentioned the lawsuit and Ailes’s subsequent resignation July 21, but that’s about all it has done since the news broke. It has not conducted a single on-camera interview with any person connected with the news, including Ailes, who built Fox into a clarion of the American conservative movement. According to Fox’s news-clip archive, there have been no panel discussions, no diatribes from Fox’s famously aggressive hosts, no follow-up investigations, no tributes to the Ailes era.

(More here.)

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