Thursday, August 26, 2010

We Have Met the Enemy, and He Owns Us..

I know that a lot of people watch Fox News. I'm not one of them.

When I have watched Fox, I've seen some things that were interesting, and some things so crazy that's it's hard to change the channel for the astonishment.

Yesterday, Jon Stewart paid particular attention to probably the most offensive part of Fox News' programming schedule (aside from Glenn Beck), Fox and Friends. He caught them trying to play Woodward and Bernstein, "following the money" that is funding in part the Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero.

Apparently, what Fox found when they went looking for the money caused them to structure their reporting in a particular way. Mr. Stewart and his staff analyzed, exposed, and basically skewered Fox for doing so. Regardless of what you think about Jon Stewart or Fox News, this is worth 10 minutes of your time:

The Parent Company Trap
Fox News has not responded, and very few mainstream media outlets have chosen to delve into this further. Perhaps they will down the road.

To quote the 'On Faith' blog post by Valerie Elverton Dixon:
Islam did not attack the United States on September 11, 2001. Criminals attacked this nation.

The construction of that facility has met all requirements and been approved by the local government of New York City. That's as far as government can and should go. Those individuals and groups that espouse political, economic, and religious liberty, yet are opposed to the right of this facility to exist in the place they have chosen, are hypocrites, plain and simple. 

ADDENDUM 8/27 10:40 AM - ACLU statement regarding Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was the best post I have seen on the subject. You articulate the thoughts I had in the process perfectly.