First Amendment Under Attack
March 23, 2003
Democracy Defended And Eventually Silenced On Fox News

Here's NY Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D) sticking up for protesters' rights to express themselves -- while being overpowered -- literally, a la microphone levels and camera angles -- against one of the many nameless ranting talking heads on the FOX network.

(If anyone can identify this guy from Fox, I'll be happy to cite him accordingly. It's just that he didn't seem to care about telling us who he was, and Fox didn't seem to care about giving us his name during over 10 minutes of programming from the guy, so I figured, "why should I care? He's just making it up as he goes along, without any regard to accuracy or the thoughts and feelings of anyone else." Not much of a "news" man. Not sure what else I expected from Fox...)

Meeks also brings up that the protesters are largely rising up against a policy of pre-emption, and uses the situation in Northern Iraq with the Kurds and the Turks as an example of why this policy is not one we want other countries to start following. The talking head calls this scenario "fantasy-land" and accuses Meeks of going off of the subject.

Notice how Meeks is quickly replaced with Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) as soon as touchy material like what a "democracy" means enters the conversation.

Audio - Gregory Meeks Sticking Up For Democracy On Fox (MP3 - 6 MB)

Gregory Meeks Sticking Up For Democracy On Fox (Small - 11 MB)

Posted by Lisa at March 23, 2003 04:04 PM | TrackBack
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I really loved the part where the Fox guy yells over Meeks and tells him to shut up and then says "I've always given you your chance."

I don't agree with many of the stances you take, but I think a mutual hate of Fox News is something we'll always be able to drink to! :)

Posted by: Adam Keys on March 23, 2003 06:34 PM

Seattle Times is ran a story about how Fox News has been more popular than CNN in first day of war coverage.
and i read elsewhere today that they still are leading the coverage ratings. That fox is so biased dosen't really bother me. anytime i watch i realize where the slant is comming from and adjust my bs filter acordingly. similar to reading certain blogs or foriegn press outlets, or talking to certain friends. that it is so obvious is a good thing. but, i worry that a large percentage of the US audiance has accepted Fox News as good balanced reporting. "your entering a no spin zone" i can't think of a more revolting and gut wrenching phrase. This isn't the first time that fox has severly abused the position of moderator in interviewing people on two sides of a story. sadly it wont be the last. it's the forum that they host. they use playground tactics and call it "hard reporting" sad really. to bring up an old post you had of cspan cutting of Robin Cook's resignation speach. i'm more convinced now after watching the programming they had on this weekend(Teach In at American University, and hours of interviews from POW's) that it was just a regular snafu.

Posted by: hary on March 25, 2003 07:58 PM
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