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New graphic overload on FOX

Reported by Chrish - May 3, 2005

On The Big Story with John Gibson 5/3/05 yet another layer of information/distraction was added to the already overactive screen.

During an interview with Bob Beckel and Michael Reagan on immigration, and also in a segment with Judge Andrew Napolitano re Michael Jackson, the talking heads were in a frame on the left side of the screen while new additional text was displayed on the right side of the screen. These were imposed on a nauseating morphing background.

In the top left is the ever-present FOX alternating with LIVE on a waving flag; bottom left is the ever-present rotating logo and clock; bottom right has the stock numbers, alternating between Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq. The bottom third of the screen has a segment caption (Big Story, Fox News Alert etc), two lines of changing text either identifying the speaker or a talking point, and then at the very bottom the ever-present ticker of news information, gossip, (every 3 minutes), and the logo.

At several points the screen was split 3 ways for all the men to be seen. The boxes did not fill the tv screen so the morphing nauseating background was visible, and behind John Gibson we could sense activity, people passing etc.

This was, during the Outfoxed monitoring, and still is for me one of the hardest things about watching Fox. This type of distraction and motion only serves to agitate people whether they realize it or not. On numerous occassions I've had people tell me, when they find out what I do, that doctors have asked them/their parents if they watch Fox, and have told them to stop watching it because it is aggravating their hypertension and other illnesses.

It serves Fox and their masters to keep their viewers upset and engaged and victimized, but it's Fox that's hurting them.

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