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If You Want to Know About the Riots in France, Ask Americans!

Reported by Janie - November 9, 2005

Yesterday (11/8) on Dayside, hosts Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick dedicated a brief segment on the riots in France at the beginning of the show. They turned the segment over to Greg Burke, a Fox Correspondent.

Burke began by giving a very technical update of the latest events occurring in France regarding the riots that have been taking place throughout the country. He discussed the latest curfews that were put into effect, and how the violence had decreased over Monday night near Paris.

He chose to do interviews with people on the street in Paris, and they had this to say:

1: "We're staying with this Parisian lady, and she feels that it's quite dangerous and she's saying that… she has quite a negative view of what's happening in the suburbs and it's kind of scary in some ways."

2: "I just got into Paris this morning. So far, everything's been peaceful, nice, wonderful city so far, I love it. Eiffel tower was great, can't wait for the rest of the tour."

Comment: Both of the interviews Burke conducted on the street were not locals, they were not French, but Americans. One of the interviewees had only been there since Tuesday morning and had not yet seen any of the riots that are mainly occurring at night. The other interviewee was simply stating what a Parisian woman, whom she was staying with, said which constitutes nothing more than hearsay. If Fox wants to actually investigate what's going on, and partake in classic journalism and "get" the story, rather than partake in biased newscasts, would it not make sense to actually go to the source, which in this case is actual Parisians or French? Is there a reason Fox was determined not to interview any locals? Huddy may hold the answer herself.

At the end of the segment, when Burke had turned it back over to the hosts, Huddy speculated: "Is there some sort of racist undercurrent, some sort of class undercurrent, or is there some kind of terrorist undercurrent, and that is something that is bubbling?"

Comment: And there it is. By not interviewing the locals, who have a modicum of sympathy for those that are rioting, Huddy and Fox were able to bring out the old scare tactic of terrorism, when that is clearly not the case in this situation. There was no mention of what caused the riots to begin, the deaths of two boys that were hiding from the police, which then morphed into a riot about racism, class and unemployment. They also did not mention that these riots are not just made up of Muslims, but some Christians as well, and that the vast majority of those rioting are actually citizens. Fox blatantly did not follow the statutes of journalism: WHO, what, where, when, and WHY. By ignoring the "why" in this case, the audience was left searching for a reason that these riots are happening and are spreading through out Europe. By not giving an accurate description of the "who" in this case, and allowing the viewers to think this is simply a group of foreign Muslims, the oft-used scare tactic of "terrorism" was very easy to implement.

Fox continued to use scare tactics on it's viewers, exploiting both the viewer and the entire Muslim population and once again gave a very biased report on an event in order to further advance their (and the Republicans) agenda of fear.

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