Fandango’s Friday Flashback — October 11

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 11th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on October 11, 2010 in my old blog. As you read this, bear in mind that this post was written nine years ago. Some things never change, do they?

Anything But Fair and Balanced

AF5F6907-8FE0-451F-8525-087EE879FBDFFor those cable news viewers who cannot see the obvious or who are in denial of the facts, the cat is apparently out of the bag. As an article in a recent issue of The Week magazine noted, Fox News is “out of the closet.”

The Fox News channel (or as many liberals, myself included, call it, “Faux News”) is run by longtime Republican political adviser and media consultant Roger Ailes. Fox News is part of Rupert Murdock’s media conglomerate, News Corporation, and there is no question that Murdock has a conservative agenda and has no qualms when it comes to leveraging his ever widening media clout to advance his political views.

Perhaps to achieve that end, Murdock’s News Corporation has made several large contributions to Republican lobbies and causes. He donated $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business lobbying group that is aggressively working to defeat Democratic candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections. Separately, Murdock donated another million dollars to the Republican Governors Association.

Murdock, though his Fox News channel, seems to have crossed the line from conservative advocacy programming to overt political lobbying. Zachary Roth, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, opined that Fox News has “dropped the pretense” of being a news outlet and has evolved to being a propaganda and fundraising arm of the Republican Party.

A whole new level of blatancy

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman said that Fox News has gone from merely supporting Republican candidates to anointing them. He wrote, “Every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News.” While it’s not unheard of for media moguls to promote the careers and campaigns of politicians they believe will serve their interests, Krugman suggests that “directly cutting checks to political favorites takes it to a whole new level of blatancy.”

Fox News has, from its beginnings, promoted itself as the “fair and balanced” cable news network, pitting itself against what it claimed to be the liberally biased media establishment. Somehow, Fox News has vaulted to the top of the cable news food chain, leaving the original cable news network, CNN, and the clearly liberal foil to Fox News, MSNBC, pretty much eating the Fox News channel’s dust.

So is Fox News really what it has always claimed to be: fair and balanced? The real question is this: has Fox News ever been fair and balanced?

All you need to do is to look at Fox News’ lineup of “personalities,” including conservative pundits Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity, along with “key” (and highly compensated) contributors that include Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich, all of whom are 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, to recognize that Fox News is anything but what it has claimed to be.

What a shocker!

16 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — October 11

  1. Stroke Survivor UK October 11, 2019 / 3:18 am

    And that was *you*?

    Gosh, Friday has rolled around again and I must check my archives.

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  2. Paula Light October 11, 2019 / 7:04 am

    The righties are crabbing about Fox because they’ve posted polls showing Trump’s support falling.

    I vote for AOC’s haircut trolling the imbeciles.

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  3. Susan Zutautas October 11, 2019 / 7:12 am

    I couldn’t find anything written on the 11th of October but I did find one from October 12th.
    Also, I couldn’t figure out how to highlight and repost. I’m leaving the link here. This poem was first posted on HubPages in 2011 and later moved to my poetry blog and now it is here on WordPress.

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  4. annieasksyou October 11, 2019 / 7:14 pm

    So interesting that this repost appeared on the very day that Shepherd Smith, one of the minuscule number of actual journalists at Fox, announced his departure.

    I wasn’t yet posting every week at this time last year. But thanks again, Fandango, for providing this space for us.

    Hope you’re having a pleasant hiatus. Will you have lots of observations to share?

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    • Fandango October 12, 2019 / 6:45 am

      I may, if I have time to write them down!


  5. October 13, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I so wish I didn’t have a depressive episode throughout September through this past January, I would have loved to have participated in this great game. I’ve enjoyed reading older posts I’ve missed along the way.

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