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FOX News: A Foreign Perspective

Reported by Ellen - January 12, 2005

A reader sent us this in our Gmail and I thought it worth noting:

From Commondreams.org:

Fox News as U.S. Goodwill Ambassador
by Christian Christensen

"A few days ago, at my university here in Istanbul, I was giving a lecture on the Hollywood film industry. During my talk, I mentioned the 20th Century Fox film studio, and was asked by a student if there was any relation between that studio and the current Fox stable of media outlets. I replied that there was, and during the conversation mentioned the words "Fox News Channel". No sooner than the final syllables had fallen from my mouth, a mixture of laughter, shaking heads and rolling eyes filled the room. The Fox News Channel, it seems, generates as much emotion in Istanbul as it does in Indianapolis, Irvine or Ithaca...

"...As the smug, sanctimonious standard-bearers for Bush neo-conservatism, people like Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto have provided non-Americans with their first glimpse of the faces of the moral revolution, and it isn't pretty. Fox News astonishes non-Americans with its self-righteous tone, nationalist bombast, childish graphics and populist bluster. While the old CNN was (and is) a conservative news channel obscured by a veneer of objectivity, cool and professionalism, Fox News is in your face with flags, neo-cons and feminist-bashers. It might be making centrist and conservative outlets (such as CNN and the New York Times) look liberal by comparison, but Fox News is also exposing the unseemly underbelly of hardcore US conservatism to a global audience. Many international viewers are shocked, bemused and repulsed by what they see and hear on Murdoch's channel, and are beginning to understand the ideology that propelled George W. Bush to his second election victory.

As the media ambassador for global Bushism, Fox News is an illuminating embarrassment...and that can only be a good thing."

Christian Christensen is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.

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