Monday, April 27, 2009

Apparently Fox News is fine with Censorship

When I look for the origin of a word, I tend to trust the OED (Oxford English Dictionary). It is generally considered the authority on the English language.

If you are unfamiliar with how the OED works, here it is in a nutshell.

It traces the meanings, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words through 2.5 million quotations gathered from international English starting in the Early Middle English Period (1150 C.E.).

I looked up the word: reporter.

Here's what the oldest source of the recorded meaning of the English language defines it as:
"One who reports debates, speeches, meetings. etc.; a person specially employed for this purpose" (origin in written text in 1617).

Seems the "reporters" at Fox News aren't going to do their jobs, Rupert, at 8PM, April 29, 2009.

I think there's a case for a type of censorship here...

Censorship from the OED:
"The inspection of all journals, books, dramatic pieces, texts, etc. before publication to ensure they contain nothing immoral, heretical, or offensive to the government (origin in 1644). In this case, insert Rupert Murdoch as the "government."

Rupert has decided that the Fox audience doesn't need to actually hear and see the POTUS talk to *them* and the *press.* They'll get the Cliff's Notes from Hannity, O'Reilly, and Beck.

Way to encourage critical thinking skills, Fox.

No wonder those who are Fox devotees have the abstract thinking ability of 7 year-olds. That's how their news source treats them...


ZIRGAR April 27, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

Maybe FUX is still a bit bitter over its claim that no one but FUX covered the Tea Parties and this is payback. lol.

Grandpa Eddie April 27, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

This has to be a first for a major network.

If FOX is going to continue with this practice maybe their reporters should be invited out of the White House briefing room, too.

The arrogance of Murdoch will eventually be the downfall of his network...and the sooner the better.

skyewriter April 27, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

Faus News is determined to keep the wedge between people in the US; it's good for their business.

How can they be perceived as anything other than a trumped up Inside Edition? If you haven't seen it, this is priceless:

Chris April 27, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

Yeah, how much longer can they keep up the lies, and stlll call themselves a viable network......

skyewriter April 27, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

Chris! Nice to hear from you... hope you are well.

Riot Kitty April 27, 2009 at 10:30 PM  

Having been a reporter, I can tell you those motherfuckers are definitely not doing their jobs.

Shady Lady April 27, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

I'm back!!! and censorship sucks

skyewriter April 27, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

Hi Riot Kitty:
A reporter? Too cool :).

I have family members who watch Fox and only Fox. As they say, we don't pick our families...

SHADY! YAY! I have been trying to post comments on your blog. I am seriously beginning to think blogger has a grudge against me for something. Hope the move went well.

Dr. Jay SW April 28, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

Personally, I don't even look out my window to see how the weather is without getting an interpretation of it from O'Reilly, Hannity, or Beck(usually something like "it's about ten degrees hotter today than it's ever been before, but that doesn't mean global warming's happening...or, if it does, that's no reason to use less fossil fuels").

To shift to a different level of sarcasm...I gotta say, as I usually do when I read an outraged blog post about FOX's poor excuse for "journalistic" standards...ummm...isn't this kinda like being outraged because Jay Leno's latest monologue isn't funny, or Britney Spears' latest single lacks soul?

skyewriter April 28, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

So true, Dr. Jay. So very true.

AztecRed April 28, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

Umm.. Skye, did you read the article?

It's only the Fox Network that's not airing the the press conference. Fox News and Fox Business are are still airing the press conference. That's not censorship. That's good business practice. They're keeping the political stuff on their news channels and the entertainment stuff on their entertainment channel. Airing press conferences on network TV costs lots of money in lost advertising. However, airing press conferences on pay-services like cable and satellite is substantially cheaper.

Unknown April 28, 2009 at 5:05 AM  

I think they're a bunch of sore losers and cry babies. They cover it up with false bravado, but that O'Rielly / Hannity attitude is not sufficient to overcome their shortcomings.

skyewriter April 28, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

Umm, yes, AR; I read the article.

Fox is the only *national* network that is not showing the press conference. Regardless, it is an obvious snub and politically motivated.

Gracias for noting that omission.

Ten percent of homes in the US do not have cable. Basically, there is a swathe of people in this country that are not going to get access if they are devoted Fox fans.

Think about it, too. It sends the impression that what our PRESIDENT has to say is unimportant.

As far as your money argument goes; that's simply ludicrous. Murdoch is rolling. in. it.

Mike W. April 28, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

Censorship isn't the right word here Skye. Fox can choose to broadcast (or not broadcast) whatever it wants. The same is true on the left, whether it be MSNBC, ABC, or CNN.

Think about it, too. It sends the impression that what our PRESIDENT has to say is unimportant.I think that message has been pushed in the media for 8 years of the Bush administration. Sometimes it's the correct message.

skyewriter April 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

Actually, since the air waves are *public,* stations are obligated (by their licenses) to perform service to that public:

You are not welcome here, MikeW.

I will not post any further comments from you.

Any further comments from you will be considered under the aegis of harassment.

Weer'd Beard April 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

"You are not welcome here, MikeW.

I will not post any further comments from you.

Any further comments from you will be considered under the aegis of harassment."

A bit ironic, wouldn't you say given the subject of this post, as well as the polite nature of the above comment?

skyewriter April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

I do not have to justify whom I engage on my own blog and whom I choose not to, Weerd.

You are now in the category of those who think free-speech is okay even when it is insulting and shitty (which I have a lot of comments from Mike W. on file to prove it).

You are not welcome here either.

Get a life and go post to someone's blog who actually gives a shit what you think.

skyewriter April 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

Bob S: you are not welcome here either based upon your treatment of my comment on a blog about my cousin who shot himself.

You basically also grouped me in with prostitutes, too.

Your comments will go immediately to the round file.

Anonymous,  April 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Give 'em hell, skyewriter!

Unknown April 28, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

Sounds like Bob S. is an a$$.

Unknown April 28, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

Actually, I have a 7 Yr Old, and no they [Fux News Worshippers] Dont even have the critical thinking skills that would pass muster for someone of that tender age.

Anonymous,  April 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM  

Mike W, weird beard and Aztec have a skewed view of "nice" and "polite" to say the least. I mean really, comments about your cousin and the comment about prostitution. Do they have one shred of humanity? Talk about zombies. The gun zombies. LOL!!

You go girl for giving them the boot. People who can't play nicely with others don't deserve to have their existence recognized.

I'm sure they can go find someone else to harass.

As for their comments, let me ask this, does anyone really think they would have had the same opinion if Fox did not air Bush?

Any network should air the President during the greatest economic crisis that this country has faced in 40 years, in the middle of two wars and more hot spots around the world than I can count on 2 hands.

What Fox has done is irresponsible and un-American. Period.

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