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Peeking into the minds at Faux News

Faux News' favorite slogans have been "We Report – You Decide" and "Fair & Balanced" and that's exactly what they want you to believe. Those who have taken a critical look at FNC coverage and have studied their techniques find a distinct disconnect between what they say and what they do. Bill O' Reilly gives us a peek into the philosophy he holds and what many see as an operating philosophy at Faux News: "I do feel that the press has a responsibility to help the government in the war on terror" [The O'Reilly Factor, 12/6/05]. The comment came during an exchange between O'Reilly and an author who claims that ABC News is killing American soldiers. (You just can't make this stuff up!) From Think Progress:
You might think that in a free society the media should find the facts and truthfully report them to the public. But former Army intelligence officer Lt. Col. Ralph Peters disagrees. In his recent book, “New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy,” Peters argues that the media should act as “combatants” in wartime:

The media can no longer sustain their pretenses of being aloof, objective observers dispassionately recording events. The media are combatants. [New Glory: Expanding America’s Global Supremacy, Page 49]

Peters took his thesis to Fox News last night. When asked about a recent ABC report that the CIA moved detainees out of secret prisons in Europe prior to Secretary of State Rice’s visit, he said:

When ABC or any other outlet gives away our national secrets, or verifies them, and underscores them by repeating what others have said, and seems to verify for the world — look, they are putting Americans at risk. They’re putting our allies at risk, as you observed. And they’re putting our programs at risk. … But worst of all, Bill, it’s killing American soldiers. [The O’Reilly Factor, 12/6/05]

Bill O’Reilly agreed with Peters’ new definition of the media:

I would not have reported what ABC News reported. I would not have done it. I — as you know — didn’t put Abu Ghraib pictures on this broadcast, the only television journalist not to do so. I do feel that the press has a responsibility to help the government in the war on terror. [The O’Reilly Factor, 12/6/05]

Funny, and we thought freedom of the press was a fundamental democratic value.

So, Bill O'Reilly and his friend are actually promoting the idea that the press should be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the government. I think one Aussie summed it up best, "Fox 'News' has elevated 'journalism' to levels never dreamed by Hitler and Goebbels."


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