Skip to comments.Protesters Denounce Fox News for 'Twisted View' of World (Free Republic mentioned)
Posted on 09/01/2004 2:21:31 AM PDT by kattracks
New York (CNSNews.com) - About a thousand protesters descended on Fox News Channel's headquarters in New York City on Tuesday afternoon and blasted the network as a fascist arm of the Republican Party.
The crowd chanted slogans ranging from "Fox News lies," "Fox News, get off the air," "Fair and balanced is a lie," "Shut the Fox up," and "Anti-peace, Anti-Gay, Rupert Murdoch, Go Away." The protesters billed the event as a "Fox News Shut-Up-A-Thon."
Protester Cameron Peterson told CNSNews.com that people who listen to Fox News "have a twisted view of the world."
"[Fox News viewers] think we found the weapons of mass destruction, think we found many things that they would like us to believe they haven't found," Peterson said.
Asked to explain why Fox News Channel is the highest rated cable news network, Peterson responded, "I think it's their scandalization of everything. If you make everything seem like a scandal, a huge deal when it is not, then you frighten people into listening to you."
Protesters held signs reading "Boycott Fox News - Time to flush Fox News extreme right wing-nuts," "Fox News lies," Faux News: We decide you lose," and "ABC Sucks, CBS Sucks, CNN Sucks, NBC Sucks, Fox really sucks."
Protester Beth Bernardo said Fox News is "so pro-Bush that it is disgusting." She said she thinks CNN is "more honest, they are more unbiased."
Another protester, Debbie Riga, criticized the corporate ownership of the media and said she believes that the Fox News ratings' dominance has resulted in making Americans "ignorant."
"I think [Fox News] keeps a lot of people ignorant. [Its high ratings] mean we are ignorant. We are an ignorant country," Riga told CNSNews.com.
Riga said she has found a way to get unbiased news by bypassing the American media. "I listen to the international media now. I no longer listen to any news local news," Riga said.
A protester who identified himself as Robert said, "People are fed up with the lies and deception that are going on throughout our media and throughout our government. Without an active, questioning, resilient news media, our country is really lost," Robert explained.
A protester who called himself Carlton carried a poster with the Fox News anchors all sporting fake, Hitler-style mustaches.
CNSNews.com asked Carlton if the stubby mustaches painted on everyone from Greta Van Susteren to Sean Hannity to Bill O'Reilly was his way of implying that the network had fascist tendencies.
"I am a big Charlie Chaplin fan, and I thing everyone should have a Charlie Chaplin mustache. So that is kind of the message behind [the poster]. You can make whatever implications you want out of it," Carlton responded.
When asked specifically if the mustaches were meant to conjure up images of the former Nazi dictator Adolph Hitler, Carlton replied, "Who is he?"
Other protesters were not as demure. One woman was selling stickers that read, "CIA Approved Fox News Channel," and a "Vote Republican" sticker with a swastika emblazoned across it. Another sign showed a hooded KKK member with the phrase "compassionate conservatism?"
Many of the protesters also singled out the Australian-born owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, with signs saying, "Deport Rupert Murdoch" and "Stop Murdoch's war on journalism."
'Bill O'Reilly, shut up'
Most of the participants focused their hostility on Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest rated cable news program in America.
One sign read, "Bill O'Reilly is a [expletive] chump, and one t-shirt read "Bill O'Reilly is full of s***." The crowd of activists also chanted, "Bill O'Reilly, shut up!""
Protester Cameron Peterson told CNSNews.com, \ldblquote Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity (the latter a conservative radio talk show host and co-host of the cable TV program Hannity and Colmes) are probably the biggest figures of my dislike."
Peterson mocked the Fox News slogan "fair and balanced," calling the network "unfair and imbalanced." He said Fox News creates "fear through lies and deceit" and tries to "give people their own perception of news, rather than objective news."
Protester Debbie Riga said, "There is no deep analysis of any news anymore. It is not balanced, there is no debate. Bill O'Reilly tells everyone to shut up. How is there a debate if he is telling his guests, people he invited to his show, to shut up?"
'America loves Fox News'
Counter-protesters from the conservative website FreeRepublic.com carried signs praising Fox News Channel.
One sign read, "Americans prefer their news fair and balanced. Thanks, Fox" and "America loves Fox News."
A Free Republic counter-protester, who identified himself as Joe, told CNSNews.com that Fox "is fair and balanced."
Joe mocked the notion that many of the protesters at CNN and the three network newscasts are more balanced than Fox News.
"CNN? The Clinton News Network? Oh, okay, you mean [CBS News's] Dan Rather, [ABC News's] Peter Jennings, and [NBC News's] Tom Brokaw, are not biased?" Taylor asked.
The international media is no better, according to another FreeRepublic.com counter-protester Kristin Taylor.
"Americans living overseas are appalled at the international news media. They believe it is deliberately misrepresenting what America is doing in the world," he said.
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Protesters Clash With Police at GOP Convention (31 Aug. 2004)
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Great job Freepers........
Speaking of the international media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is so blatantly anti-American, they don't hide it. Just tonight, I was listening to a radio program on CBC Radio 1 (AM dial) called "Ideas" and the subject was National Security, where they were talking about the Patriot Act, and illicting expert opinions from leading scholars at major Universities in Canada. For the entire hour, they were totally off the mark with their facts. Listening to CBC is like listening to the mouthpiece of the Democratic party.
Not quite the Algonquin Round Table, is it...? :)
These silly twits are truely "through the looking glass." To them, white is black, up is down and perversion is normal. How can such be defeated without blood shed?
>>How can such be defeated without blood shed?
We can hope they're too stupid to reproduce...
"Bill O'Reilly, shut up!"
"There is no deep analysis of any news anymore. It is not balanced, there is no debate. Bill O'Reilly tells everyone to shut up. How is there a debate if he is telling his guests, people he invited to his show, to shut up?"
The irony is too much. Deep thinkers...
I'm glad I'm hated by these people. The more the better!
They'll likely abort themselves into oblivion.
That day is fast coming, I'm afraid, LDD.
That line would have been a little more effective if the people saying it didn't look like this.
Robert Benchley bump.
Great job freepers!! Great job!
It's very important to realize that, until 1994, the Left believed that they were winning (which they had a lot of reason for), but, more importantly, also believed that their coming victory was both predetermined and historically inevitable.
All of these vulgar Marxists who besiege our economy, government, and culture are "scientific" socialists. They believe in a thing called "progress", not as the normal English noun but as an actual physical force which is unidirectional and unstoppable. In American political terms, they are subscribers to the Brezhnev doctrine ("The armies of socialism only march in one direction").
Reagan's election in 1980 did nothing to dislodge their forward movement through the schools, the culture, or the courts.
However, since 1994, what TASS used to refer to as the "correlation of forces" has been subtly changing. WE see the softness on our side, and worry. THEY see the truth, that the foundation on which they have been building since 1932 is being dismantled, brick by brick, and that our leader has the political skill and the political will (and the lack of principle) necessary to assemble a majority coalition that does NOT follow the Leftist mirage of "progress" and that will in fact threaten their fondest victories, washing them away like the GDR.
Don't ever puzzle over the fact that they are angry. To me, the real question is, will they fight?
Why didn't this article mention that the protesters were third graders?
Did I hear anyone say anything about the First Amendment or freedom of the press?
If they weren't so pathetic, I'd actually CARE what they thought. Don't any of them have lives?
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