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Fox News... John Gibson's The Big Ass

Wednesday: Look at John Gibson lament that with the Olympics going to London in 2012, France wouldn't have to deal with Islamic terrorists. Because you see, France-bashing is still chic at Fox News.

Thursday: After the attacks, John Gibson laments that it wasn't Paris. Because you see, even terrorism takes a back seat to France-bashing at Fox News.

The French aren't taking too kindly to the comments.

You know, I ordered BBC America yesterday just to compare coverage between America and Britain. Fox News I say is pulling American journalism into a muck. Cheerleaders belong at sporting events, not at the anchor desk.

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karlgrenze
Jul. 8th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
So BBC America is better than Fox News? You expected something different?

How does it compare to CNN, or some other news channels?

And lastly, can you get Deutche-Welle (or however it is spelled, the Voice of Germany)?
sterlingnorth
Jul. 10th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've been watching a bit of BBC vs CNN, (though not CNN International, which I can now also get). CNN was filled with a lot more...how can I say...scare speculation. Hide your children, it can happen anywhere, carnage, carnage, carnage. It was far more viscerally emotional. However, that probably made it less useful as journalism, where I wanted to know some true information and not foolish speculation. BBC had a more sober presentation, which I think was better. I don't think panic will help.

Now, I don't get Deutche Welle as a seperate channel, but there is a public television channel that shows international news feeds all day (MHz Networks), including DW and the BBC.
sterlingnorth
Jul. 10th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I really wansn't intending to specifically compare Fox News to BBC News. Most reasonable people not working for Fox already consider Fox to be a parody of jingonistic journalism. This is all the more tragic when you compare Rupert Murdoch's British property, Sky News to Fox News. Actually, the BBC comment was the aside to the Fox News stable of idiotic commentary. And I think this idiotic commentary, the unquestioning feality to the current administration, and the us versus the world battle mentality is what is dragging journalism into the muck. CNN sees the ratings Fox is getting, and strives to be more like Fox. As does MSNBC. Then all the rest follow.
incendiarymind
Jul. 8th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
BBC America doesn't show as much news as would be liked. The internet links to the radio stations provides much better coverage.

Fox is just hitting a new low on this one. On yesterday's morning show, they said it was good that it happened in England because the United Kingdom needed to make terrorism priority #1.
sterlingnorth
Jul. 10th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree with you that the internet is probably a better place to get info, but still it's subject to major slowdowns when something this major happens.

However, I don't know how much attention I should pay Fox News. Ragging on them is sorta like shooting idiots in a barrell, but then I read the weblogs on the internet where people are deluded into thinking the network is Fair and Balanced [TM]. Then I have to quit the whole weblog thing for two months to check in to blogger detox.
rtfirefly
Jul. 8th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
And of course, Brit Hume's first thought was about the investment opportunity this presented.

And Dan Rather got fired over some stuff about kerning. Sheesh.
sterlingnorth
Jul. 10th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh that's nothing new. Here's a link from James Wolcott I found for TVBarn:

This morning [June 18th] on Cashin' In, part of Fox's Saturday morning business/investment block, the first topic was (I kid thee not) "The Prison at Guantanamo Bay: Good for the Stock Market?"


Yep, them torture device futures are going up!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 12th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
um
isn't french-bashing still chic everywhere? :p

drunkenbatman++
sterlingnorth
Jul. 12th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: um
yeah, but only for the many fru fru flaws the French do exhibit.
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