Monday, September 20, 2010

You Can Help Turn Off FOX Spew...


- by Noah

...or, at least you can make a statement. Do not go quietly into the night. Perhaps, we can at least slow the wingnut plans for a new Dark Ages.
In case you haven't seen this or been aware of it... It's been obvious, to me, for a long time, that FOX made deal with several like-minded corporations to get their programing in public places. In New York, the Hudson News outlets are one prime and very ironic example. You walk in to buy a magazine or paper and there it is, the FOX 24-Hour Freak Show, a perfect storm of misinformation for the masses. I suppose it might come down to a "free speech" matter, but it is a very Orwellian and very twisted thing. Now, a couple of Progressive organizations, CREDO and Color Of Change are trying to do something about it. Meanwhile, we are an inch away from being one of those countries where the have banners and posters of "The Great Leader" all over the streets and plastered on all available surfaces and FOX is determined to lead the way. 

During the Republican 2004 Hate-Fest and "9/11 In Your Face" Exploitation Convention here in NYC, FOX either bought or was given airtime even on outside monitors, around the city. One was located on a wall at the corner of 7th Avenue and 34th Street, right on the MACY'S building, right out in public in a neighborhood where one used to have to go inside and pay if you wanted to see obscenity. The air in New York can get dirty and smelly enough without the machinations and warped views of a foreign media company owned by a power-mad Aussie opinion manipulator named Rupert Murdoch and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a man with his own with highly questionable connections. It's hard to walk into chain restaurants or around airports without being exposed to Fox's incessant lies and twisted propaganda. I don't need to sit down and eat my breakfast knowing that it soon may come back up because I have to see Newt Gingrich's ugly mug on the screen, while I'm eating or any other time. It used to be the irritating idiocy of mindless soap operas and utter lunacy of Jerry Springer and Sally Jesse Raphael. Bring 'em back.

And here they are... taking over Monday Night Football:

The case from Credo and Color of Change:
FOX is poisonous-- and it spreads and is legitimized partly through public TVs. It's why CREDO is joining with Color of Change to launch Turn Off FOX-- a massive campaign to get FOX turned off in stores, restaurants, and other public places.

Will you join us in calling on businesses in your community and across the country to stop airing FOX, and declare your own household a "FOX-free zone"? With thousands of our signatures to back them up, Turn Off FOX members will visit local businesses that play FOX, explain how divisive and dangerous it is, and ask them to turn it off.

...Some people watch Fox at home because it reflects their view of the world; but there are others who see it on TV in public places and assume that it's legitimate news. FOX News is often on in bars, restaurants, airport lounges, stores-- appearing to be real news, while spreading lies, hate, division and promoting the political agenda that was confirmed with FOX parent company News Corporation's $1 million contribution to elect Republican governors.

The goal of Turn Off FOX is to reduce the number of public TVs showing FOX News, while spreading the word about FOX's poison (and how it works) to those who don't know.

Signing up for the campaign is just the first step. We make it easy for you to tell us about businesses playing FOX. If you're willing to talk with them, we'll provide you with straightforward materials that explain why they shouldn't be a party to what FOX is doing. And if there are businesses you know that want to tell the world they would never play FOX, you can help them declare themselves a "FOX-free zone."

As businesses Turn off FOX and stand up as FOX Free, and as we encourage our friends and family to do the same, we'll help make clear, to people across the country, what FOX is about. And we'll reduce their ability to do harm.

Join us in standing up to FOX, and we'll give you a free Turn Off FOX sticker. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same.

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At 10:12 AM, Anonymous wjbill said...

2 years ago my wife (Yay Jean) told one of the McDonalds we "used" to go to to please turn off Fox, she told the counter person if was offensive as they said the President was racist. She went to the back room and came back in 10 seconds and said they could not. We requested the same thing at the Wells Fargo nearby ... there we were told other customers liked it .... I still can't imagine customers coming to a bank for a few minutes and requesting something on the teevee ... anyway. That's our experience.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger said...

There's a Jersey Mike's sub shop that I used to go to but they've always got the TV on Fox News at this location (another location keeps their TV on ESPN). So I finally dropped a note in their suggestion box telling them why I no longer bought my lunch there.

Not sure that it did any good but at least I let them know.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Mark Bove said...

Oh grow up! If it was CNN you wouldn't be bitching at all. FYI, Fox, CNN, MSNBC...they all spew their own brands of rhetoric over the air waves. If you don't like it, don't watch it. It's as simple as that.

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous NOAH said...

Dear Mark Bove,
Actually, I've made my feelings clear about CNN in several previous posts over the years. I stopped watching CNN after the 2004 "election" due to their push for Dubya, BUT, this post was only about FOX because of the simple reason that that is what the particular petition is about. I have long looked forward to the day when there is one against CNN as well. After all, the Corporate News Network is nothing but FOX-lite. They are just more sneaky (or so they think) about it. Just so you know, I do watch FOX, if only for it's theatre of the absurd qualities and to see how low some people will go in the cause of corporate domination over the needs of humanity.
Thanks for reading anyway :)

At 11:56 PM, Blogger 333 said...

1) Reflect back to the arrests of the Russian spies, who were whisked out of the country and were of low, general threat to the community. Of those spies, the "king-pin" or as I like to refer to her, the "queen-pin" was greatly interested in influence political factions through real estate and the power and influence gained through contacts while building a business. The purpose of these exercises was to immerse one another as "regular Americans" within the political system and become influential in the process, promoting the ideals of their own country.

2) Sarah Palin's ancestry has never been questioned outwardly, however, there seems to be a prolific and irrational defense of her background, her family's background and it's origins and well as her husband, Todd Palin. This defense network has clearly been established by the Right-Wing propagandists and I want to apply some psychology as to why I bring this up to you:

A) The overwrought attention, by Fox News and other propagandists who continually question the President's background, known as "Birthers." This type of attention diversion is usually the first sign of a single-person or entire entity who is guilty of the same action for which they propose action or offense. (ex. "It's you, not me. even though, secretly, it is me.")

B) Little is known about Todd's international connections, particularly through his associations with the corporate oil industry and its link to Russian oil refineries and wells. Todd's background includes international trips during Lukoil's(LuKArco) greatest internal political strife, which became prominent during the same time Sarah Palin was elected governor of Alaska and shortly after her stint as Mayor of Wasilla. Just what was Sarah Palin meaning by her statement that she could see Russia from her house? Was this an admission that she had, in fact, been communicating with Russia? No one asked her about Russia, nor did anyone find Russia a particular threat at the time. It was only a short 2 years later that we find out the Russians are still using espionage to gain power and influence in the US. Was this our warning shot, she inadvertently let slip? Her command of the English language is surely in question at this point. Further, her prominence and obsessive, " Sexual appeal" is noteworthy as this is the same influence and appeal that the Russian spies used in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Could O'donnell be another? After all, they did choose distinctly American names that, upon reflection, seem comically chosen as they simply didn't understand American culture as well as they would have liked. Further, they got into trouble as they pursued happiness, money and fame, rather than their first objective. Does this not appear to be exactly the same M.O. as Palin and O'donnell?

Could Sarah Palin be a political pawn involved with international spying, corporate spying or control? What is her connection to Delaware's Christine O'Donnell? Out of no where, come pretty, white, seemingly All-American women, of whom few people know much about.

Should we know more about these people and more about their corporate and international links, even if the American public doesn't believe they are anything other than suddenly popular citizens?

Russian Doll, anyone?

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox News has never been on in my home. I've asked the fitness center where I work out to turn it off, but it is often on when I go in. I will have an opportunity in the new year to select another place to work out and will let them know that having Fox on is the major reason I'm going elsewhere. I think if we stop doing business with these commercial establishments and let them know why, eventually we'll have some effect.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Ferrell Gummitt said...

I work a part time job at a Big Box Store. Every night when I am in there I have a few minutes to watch TV and what is on Cartoon Network AKA MSDNC. I change it over to FOX News and here we go we have Bill O'Reilly. FOX is usually on after that for the rest of the night.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Mark Bove said...

Dear Ananymous,
You would actually move to another health club because they have FOX on the TV? Really? Try exercising with an ipod and disconnect from the troubled world for a while. I strongly dislike shows about celebrities but if my health club televised it 24/7 I wouldn't leave the club. I'd find another, more productive diversion from the numbing sound of the treadmill. Books on tape, perhaps.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People would take this whole "Turn off FOX" campaign a lot more seriously if it targeted ALL the corporate controlled media instead of its most right leaning outlets. This issue of bad and corporate controlled national media is much larger than Fox New's conservative bias.

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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