Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oh, for Fox sake!

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If you've kept up with The Daily Show, you'll know that this is part of a continuing battle between Jon Stewart and Fox (here's the first segment in this current spat, and here's the second).

Clearly, Fox is going all out with this. As Stewart says, everyone at Fox got the memo. But it's pretty funny to have a supposed "news network" feuding with a half-hour comedy show, don't you think?

Stewart skewers everyone who deserves it, right or left, and Fox definitely deserves it. But Fox also has no sense of humor when it comes to themselves. And as we all know, that just makes it funnier.

I was a journalism major - in the distant past - so there's nothing I like better than skewering Fox "News," the organization that's done more to bring back yellow journalism than any other. No, even that's not strong enough. Fox is not actually a news network at all. It's the propaganda arm of the Republican Party masquerading as a news network.

These days, the tail has come to wag the dog. As conservative David Frum has said, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we're discovering that we work for Fox."

But it's also about money. Fox is making money hand over fist, and if they have to mislead, misinform, and flat-out lie to do it, no problem. I have to wonder how they sleep at night.

1 comment:

Chimeradave said...

I can't get past the absurdity of the whole thing. Stewart's show is a comedy program! What's next? Politicians freak out over being impersonated on SNL? Or, Obama sues "The Onion" for libel?