Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Fox Portrays a War of Good and Evil, and Many Applaud

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fox Portrays a War of Good and Evil, and Many Applaud

"Fair and Balanced" is the Fox News networks catch phrase to suggest its politically conservative objectivity while its competitors are liberally biased. With the Iraqi war in occurence Fox News has become portrait of good-versus-evil. The problem is reporting America's views according to Fox is not explaining the motives of the enemy against the U.S. and why they view us as evil. They use
slander against Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda without acknowledging why they criticize the U.S.

According to New York Times journalist Jim Rutenberg:
"Ever since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the network has become a sort of headquarters for viewers who want thier news served up with extra patriotic fervor. In the process, Fox has pushed television news where it has never gone before: to unabashed and vehement support of a war effort,carried in tough-guy declarations often expressing thirst for revenge."

There is no doubt that this smack news coverage has increased ratings because of its increase in patriotism along with cursing the enemy. Many question whether releasing such emotion gets in the way of objective reporting. Personally, I believe it does.


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