Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The FOX trot

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The FOX trot

The film we viewed in class about the FOX network reinforced many thoughts I have previously had about the network. I thought the film was obviously a piece of propaganda, the producers were also obviously not on FOX’s side. Gathering and interviewing a group of professionals on a subject manner, to simply get information on the topic is a good strategy to persuade people. If viewing an interview and the reporter and the interviewee have a free flowing, informative interview a lot could be accomplished in the way of persisting viewers. Some of FOX’s reporters don’t really use this interview method. My title for this blog is the “FOX trot” which refers to the interview method FOX reporters use, or the trot right over what the interviewee is saying. The reporter I found did this the best was Bill O’Reilly, he really used his physical presence to dominated over the interviewee rather then free flowing informative conversation . In the film we would see Bill O’Reilly repeatedly cut people off mid sentence if they were heading somewhere he didn’t want the interview to go. From listing to broadcasts like the Bill O’Rielly factor it is evident to me that Fox really only wants to report what they want people to see or listen to, becoming extremely one sided kind of news.

3 Comments:

Blogger CBarr said...

I think that Fox News' job postings for on-air talent are something like this:

Requirements for On-Air Talent:
Must be extremely opinionated with extremely right-wing point of view. Those with proper manners and conversational skills must learn how to interrupt and abruptly cut off all opposing viewpoints. The ability to add derrogatory remarks is a plus. Must be persuasive in discrediting credible sources with no more than strong opinions. No reporting or jouralism experience necessary.

4/24/2006 7:50 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

After viewing that documentary it is hard to defend FOX, but I will try.

Can we distinguish between the news division at FOX and the opnion shows? Making a clear distinction between news and opinion is hard at FOX and that is the issue. Strong, even obnoxious opinion is fine as long as there is bright line between function of the news media and the reporting of the facts. The FOX News Channel seems to have created a problem by letting their news people host opinion shows. The bias of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch is clear, but other Conservative publishers and CEO's manage to keep themselves from micromanaging the coverage of the news. The Wall Street Journal is a good example of an operation that does first class reporting and a conservative editorial voice at the same time. John Fialka was a Wall Street Journal reporter.

4/24/2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger Denisse said...

I feel that news networks should not need defense they should just report the news and we should be informed.

4/27/2006 5:32 PM  

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