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Grapevine Whine - Free Speech (According to Murdoch)

Reported by Nancy - July 28, 2007 -

As usual, Special Report ended this week (Friday, 7/27) with a whimper, not a bang. Bret Baier substituted for host Brit Hume & did an adequate job with the material provided. But the material itself was so weak, there really wasn't much he could do. For example. in the Grapevine segment, Baier targeted alleged threats against an environmental change skeptic; France; free speech; & a House ethics bill that would ban campaign employment of spouses. So how ironic is it that a Murdoch-owned property would be whining about free speech? I report, you decide.

Here's picking #3 from last night's Grapevine:

A new report by the Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe is warning of expanding government censorship of the Internet. It calls online policing "a bitter reminder of the ease with which some regimes, democracies & dictatorships alike, seek to suppress speech that they disapprove of, dislike, or simply fear." It points to questionable online restrictions in places like China, Hong Kong & Sudan. It says Malaysia is drafting laws to prosecute Web users critical of Islam, & says Kazakhstan's information minister has vowed to purge Web sites of what the government calls "dirt" & "lies." Meanwhile the American Foreign Policy Council reports 40 members of Iran's parliament have written a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticizing his recent decision to shut down 2 news outlets. But Iranian leaders aren't budging, & are in fact stepping up the filtering on the computers of parliamentary deputies.

Comments: Oh look! It's the distractorana machine in full swing! The only real threat to free speech (or anything else) on the internets comes from corporations. Rather than have viewers consider what corporate consolidation really means, oligarchs like Murdoch are scurrying around, pointing fingers anywhere else (& gummint is such a tempting & traditional target). I actually did a spit-take when Baier mentioned "questionable online restrictions" in places like CHINA!! Hello? Does he really think no one is paying attention? Does no one see the inconsistency in whining about free speech on a network that allows some of its more idiotic hosts to cut guest's mics? Sigh.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

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