Why?

Because the implication, by ignoring the short-comings of the other channels is that the other media channels–NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, etc. are so much better which they are not. Focusing on Fox News gives their other media brethren a free ride that they don’t deserve.  In truth, some argument could be made that Fox News is not nearly as underhanded as many of the other media networks because Fox is so damned obvious in their corporate propaganda efforts for the rich that one would need more than a few faulty firing synapes not to see this obvious fact.

All six of the main media outlets shovel out  disinformation* daily.

One of the many sites that I visit almost daily, BUZZFLASH, has a regular column BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS which is heralded by a banner “TURN OFF FOX.”

Today I posted the following comment on Buzzflash regarding this column:

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My response to a Buzzflash anti-Fox News Analysis (i.e. rant)

I’ll take the “turn Fox off” a step further: TURN OFF THE TUBE. Do it for just a week and see what happens. Get your news on various alternative channels on the Internet and on some foreign press.I did it myself about three months ago. Although I watched about 3 hours a day 7 days a week (mostly the news channels of MSNBC and once in a while CNN). 

Today I doubt that I even watch three hours a week. Why bother?

And you know what? I’m a lot better educated regarding the issues than I was when I allowed myself to be spoon fed by mainstream media. Try it and see what happens.

That’s a myth that is perpetuated by many: “Fox is so evil while the rest of Mainstream media is not.” That’s a lie. They are all horrible. NBC may actually be the worst of all–yes, the network that is home to Lawrence O’Odonnell, The Ed Show, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews. They are owned by GE the largest war contractor in the world. They regularly censor stories even on PBS that tell the truth about who they are. Unlike Fox News, their propaganda is much more subtle and pervasive.  And contrary to conservative propaganda, the mainstream media does not have a  “liberal bias.”  Quite the contrary and that include MSNBC.

You let me know the next time you hear Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews or Ed Schultz on the air telling us that it is a damn crime that General Electric paid no income taxes for 2009 and 2010 even though they reported billions of dollars in profit.  Then and only then will I say that I was wrong.

But it will never happen because the fortunes of these people are tied to the fortunes of GE, just as are 82 members of our Congress who own millions of dollars of GE stock and see no conflict of interest in approving military allocations to this corporate war profiteer.

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Misinformation is false or inaccurate information  that is spread unintentionally. It is distinguished from disinformation by motive  in that misinformation is simply erroneous, while disinformation, in contrast, is intended to mislead.**
**SOURCE:  Francois Nel (2005). Writing for the Media in Southern Africa. Oxford University Press. p. 57. ISBN 0195784146.

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In a moment of clarity, it has come to me that instead of calling corporate media patsies “sock monkeys” and “sock puppets” , I should refer to them as “stock monkeys” and “stock puppets” as that is clearly more reflective of who they are.

Liz Berry

Liz Berry

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