Monday, July 19, 2004

Outfoxed?

I went to one of the MoveOn Outfoxed house parties last night, one of the full parties. Oh wait, they were all full...here in New York City, anyway. And I'm sure on the other coast, too. Like Fahrenheit 9-11 it was infuriating, but not surprising.

After the film someone suggested that MoveOn host a national boycott of mainstream media. That reminded me of something I used to find myself saying — LOT: "We forget that we live in a liberal, secular bubble here in New York." How many people in Missouri get MoveOn's emails? Maybe a few.

But how did Fox become so powerful and popular? By preying on those people who once felt they could trust the media and still do. By preying on those people who buy into fear and propaganda. By instilling fear to keep people hooked and coming back for ways to combat that fear. I'm not pointing a finger. I used to be one of those people. Hell, I bought into the Post 9-11 Fear. I even turned on Fox News Channel a few times for "an up-to-date alert." The people who buy into Fox News aren't stupid, they're just not media savvy. Journalism in America began as a way to keep people informed so they could make educated decisions — at least that's what the history books tell us.

So how do we fight Fox News? By screaming at our relatives who watch telling them how ridiculous it is? No. I learned that the hard way. Just like everything else going on right now, we have to take immediate action. It's not hard to see the correlation between George Bush's "victory" and Fox News. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep registering voters. Keep informing people (without screaming if possible, it makes us Dems look bad). Keep writing letters to your congresspeople, senators and the FCC. Make the rest of the country take a Fair and Balanced look at Fox.

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