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The FOX Nation Is Their America, Not The Real America

Reported by Ellen - March 31, 2009 -

Our reader, Mike P, took a stroll over to FOX's latest web venture, thefoxnation.com. As Mike noted, all the stories, at least on the front page, looked like red meat for conservatives. Nothing wrong with that, he noted, unless you broadcast such red meat under the guise of objective journalism. Not surprisingly, that's exactly what FOX Nation purports to be. Only they take it one disturbing step further by suggesting that those who disagree with them are anti-American.

FOX Nation's "statement of purpose" reads:

The Fox Nation was created for people who believe in the United States of America and its ideals, as expressed in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

It is a community that believes in the American Dream: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One that believes being an American is an honor, as well as a great responsibility—and a wonderful adventure.

This is a place for people who believe we live in a great country, a welcoming refuge for legal immigrants who want to contribute their talent and abilities to make our way of life even greater. We believe we should enjoy the company and support of each other, delighting in the creativity, ingenuity, and work ethic of one and all, while observing the basic rules of civility and mutual respect and, most importantly, strengthening our diverse society by striving for unity.

The Fox Nation is for those committed to the core principles of tolerance, open debate, civil discourse--and fair and balanced coverage of the news. It is for those opposed to intolerance, excessive government control of our lives, and attempts to monopolize opinion or suppress freedom of thought, expression, and worship.

We invite all Americans who share these values to join us here at Fox Nation.

It sounds good, but by putting up a website that caters to one side, only, what they really suggest is that THEIR view of America is the patriotic, Constitutional, America-loving view. Everyone else is just well, not as American.

Mike noted that yesterday, this website's first day, all of the stories that were posted on the front page had a right-wing slant:

* Should Dodd resign? (AIG chiefs pressed to donate to Dodd)
* Ayers invited to speak at high school
* Obama tougher on Autos than banks (story removed, although there's a posted comment calling Obama "America's first Affirmative Action President")
* Rev. Wright rises in Memphis
* Hillary: We're not saying 'war on terror'
* Another Clinton gaffe in Mexico
* NY Special Election tests Obama's agenda
* Democratic Iowa State senators apologizes for using the 'N' word
* Video: Mayor Ray Nagin to lose home in Texas?
* Why the Democrats can't govern
* Barone: U.S. not ready for a welfare state
* Murtha: If I'm corrupt, it's because I take care of my district'
* GOP vows WWIII over Stuart Smalley

No doubt, these stories can generate a lot of debate. But how about including some of the other stories that are making the rounds with the legitimate news sources: Michael Steele's latest comments, the Republican Party's Budget that will be released shortly, the DNC ad attacking Rove, the Obamas paying for their own redecorating, etc.? After all, Democrats are in the majority, both in Congress and in the heartland, so their views should have a prominent place in FOX Nation, too, right?

By excluding them, FOX Nation is not just suggesting that other view don't count, but that they're not part of the "real" America.

Screen grab thanks to Mike P.