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Monday, May 26, 2008


Fox News and Liz Trotta's "Slip of the Tongue"

Um, I don't know how much press this will be getting, but I'll mention it here. (It looks like there's more info available at dailykos as well.) Whether or not you missed Hillary's little RFK gaffe as a backdrop, this little bit by "contributor" Liz Trotta is shameful. SHAMEFUL!!

It's very ugly, with her as a Fox News "guest" dropping hints at "a suggestion that somebody knock off osama, ummm ahh obama well both if we could." (acting coy as if she stammered and misspoke!), and the Fox commentator not even questioning what she said AND Fox letting it actually air.

For allowing something like this to be aired, they should have their license rescinded. Unfortunately, considering the way big media and politics work, its not likely that will happen. Media companies such as fox care about two things: Getting their version of the truth out, and getting paid by commercial advertisers. Hit them where it hurts, in their pocketbooks.

Do not purchase from these sponsors, and CALL THEM to let them know that you won't be buying their products, and why. A list of FOX sponsors + phone numbers. (copied from link above) As of January, 2008:

Crest Whitestrips & Dawn (both Proctor & Gamble) 513-983-1100
Delphi (Driving Products) 1.888.809.9800
Mercedes Benz 1-800-367-6372
Comcast 1-800-COMCAST
Subaru 1-800-782-2783
GMC Suv’s 1-800-551-4123
Best Buy 1-888-237-8289
Travelocity 1 888.872.8356
Capzasin 1 (423) 822-5020
New Phase
Orbitz 1-888-656-4546 1-800-DITECH-3 (415) 786-3317
Toyota 1 800-331-4331
Centrum (Wyeth) 1-800-322-3129
Nextel (aka Sprint)1-800-639-6111 1.866.698.3449
Gold Bond (Chattum) 423-821-4571
Aspercreme via email or via other (212) 624-3700
American Express 1-877-877-0987, 1-800-525-3355
Holiday Inn Express 1 800-315-2621
M Professional unk 1-800-774-2354
L. L. Bean 1-800-441-7513
Jet Dry (Dishwasher Products) 1-800-820-8939
Chemistry (Matchmaking Web Site) (Mortgages)

Two things I'm critically noting.
#1. When she said "well both if we could." Who is we????
#2. And in the backdrop image, it has red white and blue with stars saying "America's Election HQ" -- many of us still haven't forgotten the part that Fox News played in the forestalling and overturning of the 2000 election.

In what way is Fox News "fair and balanced," when they have a paid contributor coming onto their program suggesting that it would be good if a presidential candidate were killed, along with an infamous terrorist who happens to have a name that rhymes? God, I hate the lies of "story" being told out there. This is the kind of stuff the eighth commandment ("Thou shalt not bear false witness") was calling out. The culture in the U.S. has gone so postmodern, especially within big media where the lies are fully amplified, that the "story" told by "the news" is what matters, more than what is really happening, and Fox deserve a big chunk of the blame/credit for the appearance and maintenance in that shift. Yes, truth has always been hard to come by in societies that are not fully free, and especially in societies at war, but let's get real. You have to stop calling yourself "fair and balanced" when you have a show that allows itself to be a vehicle for people such as her advocating what she did in the way she did.... On behalf of the good people of America, this makes me want to puke.

pax hominibus,
agape to all,

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