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Fox News off and then on again at Escondido gym (LA Fitness)
North County Times ^ | August 8, 2011 | Mark Walker

Posted on 08/10/2011 7:10:31 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Fox News off and then on again at Escondido gym

Fitness devotee Dianne Lowe's best exercise in recent days may be standing up for what she says is free speech.

The five-year member of the LA Fitness club on El Norte Parkway in Escondido was outraged last week when she went to turn on the right-leaning cable channel while working out and found it wouldn't come in.

Lowe talked to a gym attendant, who she said told her that LA Fitness officials had ordered it shut down.

"They told me, 'We are not allowed to turn on Fox News,' and that was a decision from corporate," Lowe said.

Lowe immediately complained to the club and dashed off a letter to LA Fitness.

An attendant at the Escondido club on Monday morning confirmed that CNN was the only news channel available on its television screens ---- but a check later in the day revealed that Fox News was back.

"It was a satellite issue," the attendant said Monday afternoon, saying the club had changed its provider and had lost the Fox channel for a few days.

There have been similar complaints that Fox News was dropped at other LA Fitness clubs around the country, according to reports on the Internet.

In each case, unnamed LA Fitness representatives also said the absence of the channel was a satellite issue.

Repeated calls and emails Friday and Monday to numerous LA Fitness officials ---- including the media office at the company's headquarters in Irvine ----- went unanswered.

Lowe said Fox is her network of choice because she believes the network provides the most "fair and balanced" coverage, as it routinely proclaims.

"I don't want to go to the gym and have them dictate to me what I can watch," the 62-year-old Lowe said Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bias; censorship; corporate; escondido; fnc; foxnews; lafitness; liberalbias; murdoch; waronfox
Hmmmm ... smells fishy. Smells like corporate bias. Why wouldn't LA Fitness Corporate Offices answer any calls by the reporter if this is just a "satellite issue"?
1 posted on 08/10/2011 7:10:40 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

That is so much BS it stinks like it..........................They got caught and are embarrassed....................


2 posted on 08/10/2011 7:13:18 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: DogByte6RER

Seems everywhere I go where there is a TV set in the business CNN is on (which is the only reason I ever see CNN anymore). I had assumed some sort of back-door Payola was going on.


3 posted on 08/10/2011 7:13:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DogByte6RER

drank the koolaid


4 posted on 08/10/2011 7:15:50 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: DogByte6RER

Probably,the gays want to watch CNN!


5 posted on 08/10/2011 7:17:27 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: DogByte6RER

Getting so more and more fancy themselves self-appointed agents for bigbromofo gubmint!


6 posted on 08/10/2011 7:19:08 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Dr. Ursus

More like they want to watch Donnie and Andie.


7 posted on 08/10/2011 7:20:40 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: DogByte6RER

They refused to put Fox on at my LA Fitness too saying it was a corporate decision. I use my one hour workout to watch CNN so I can say to my liberal friends that I am open minded enough to watch CNN even if they’re not open minded enough to watch Fox News. It also gives me daily examples of the CNN bias which I use in arguments with liberals.


8 posted on 08/10/2011 7:21:12 AM PDT by tell me
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To: Dr. Ursus

I think teh gays might more prefer pmsnbc with their cast of carpet queens and wiener buggers. Plus they get to only hear
the leftspeak that keeps their brains from having to function.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 7:22:41 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I always ask to see the manager - and ask him if they do equal time with Fox. If no - then tell him I am leaving, and will be back when the propaganda is over.

VERY fun in a MacDonalds, given who is usally working the counters.


10 posted on 08/10/2011 7:23:12 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I had assumed some sort of back-door Payola was going on.

My guess is intimidation. The left has been trying to silence political desent (only against the left) for years.

Political correctness was designed to silence all opposition to the left wing agenda and it's special interest groups.
Notice who's "protected" and who is not. Name one right wing issue or group that protected by political correctness. Now name one left wing issue or group that isn't!

11 posted on 08/10/2011 7:24:16 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I just got back from a week in DC and everywhere you go CNN in on, even in the elevator. I was actually surprised that I could get FNC in my hotel room.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 7:25:19 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

my wife says that most americans agree with us—conservatives, but i point out

that a large segment of america are not politically attentive, and when they do look at politics they see the left’s propaganda.

most businesses and doctors and dentists have cnn.


13 posted on 08/10/2011 7:26:02 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: tell me

>They refused to put Fox on at my LA Fitness too

That should be the start of “my ex-LA Fitness” plus a refund.
Any business banning the only news station that tells all sides should not get any support and money.


14 posted on 08/10/2011 7:27:04 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Same thing at my doctor’s office.

They didn’t like it when I complained.

Thankfully, I only have one more appointment there - and at that time I’m going to launch a tirade at my doctor.

Funny thing .. even though CNN is the office choice - people who are waiting are not watching it. Also lately, the TV is off. Maybe I’m not the only one who complained.

Time to take a stand and not allow a business to dictate what you can see or read.


15 posted on 08/10/2011 7:27:04 AM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

24 hour fitness has 3 TVS in front of my favorite bike. One is always on Fox News, one on CNN and one on ESPN.

Seems like a fair mix to me.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 7:27:32 AM PDT by altura ( Palin/Ryan---or Palin/Perry or Palin/Rubio)
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To: DogByte6RER

I complained about CNN at an airport, I was told that CNN paid to put the monitors everywhere, so CNN determines what was on the monitor. Clever move on their part if true, but it makes flying that less pleasurable.

I doubt that a fitness club had CNN come in, though- they just don’t like Faux News (bias intentional).

I can’t find the quote (Freeper army maybe can) but when Fox was first starting up, Hillary Clinton complained that ‘now it is harder to get our message out’, odd that ADDING an information stream makes YOURS less audible...


17 posted on 08/10/2011 7:28:37 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: DogByte6RER

I’d be finding a different gym.


18 posted on 08/10/2011 7:32:05 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: DogByte6RER
"It was a satellite issue"

"The dog ate my homework last night."

19 posted on 08/10/2011 7:35:05 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (How even a WOMAN could fall in love with Rachel Maddow is waaaay beyond me....)
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s a private business. Don’t like its policies? Find another gym.


20 posted on 08/10/2011 7:39:01 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: DogByte6RER

BTW, here in metrowest Boston, I went into a local McDonald’s yesterday, and they had one mounted TV — it was tuned to Fox News. (One Tv, sound off, close-captioned).


21 posted on 08/10/2011 7:39:24 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: KansasGirl
I’d be finding a different gym.

As a cash paying customer, I'd at least call and complain. If they don't get FOX then, there's not much you can do. Maybe if they get enough complaints, they'll decide to keep their customers happy and do something.

22 posted on 08/10/2011 7:41:52 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: DogByte6RER

If there is only one TV, I don’t necessarily see CNN as a bad choice. It is not as overtly opinion oriented as FOX or MSNBC or is it?


23 posted on 08/10/2011 7:44:29 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: pabianice
It’s a private business. Don’t like its policies? Find another gym.

Agreed and that is exactly what I did... quit the gym after the trial period was over. What was puzzling to me was why they let me go so readily. I knew that they could make Fox available and all I was asking for was to be able to view it on the individual screen that was part of the machine that I was personally exercising on. This of course would have involved wearing a headset so the audio would only have been heard by me. Go figure.

24 posted on 08/10/2011 7:45:09 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: KansasGirl; DBrow

Lat night I turned on MSNBC..ED Scultz..he was on the ground all night in Wisconsin..and I wanted to see him deflate....but it looked liked a Dem convention/union meeting/SDS reunion...the most biased thing I’ve ever seen...


25 posted on 08/10/2011 7:54:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: cicero2k

???

I always considered cnn to be 1984 direct-tv...


26 posted on 08/10/2011 8:07:06 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: DogByte6RER

here in L.A. County, ALL LA Fitness gyms are on CNN, and because I hate them, I have my MP3 player to drown out the leftard morons. Even Gold’s Gym have the same policies.


27 posted on 08/10/2011 8:25:14 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Eldon Tyrell

Carl’s Jr usually has ESPN. Someone told me that someone complained that it was CNN all the time, so they went ESPN because they couldn;t stand FOX.


28 posted on 08/10/2011 8:28:23 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: tell me

Do you still have liberal friends? We gave up on ours about two years ago and will likely never see them again. When we bought our last house, we knocked on neighbors doors and found out whether our neighbors were liberals or not. We believe that liberals are genetically challenged. Your posting here was a good one...keep up the good work and don’t bow to the liberal masters.


29 posted on 08/10/2011 8:33:53 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: concerned about politics

It’s not just CNN vs. Fox News.
It’s CNN vs. ESPN, Lifetime, TBS, or Jerry Springer on a local station. Why are they choosing CNN out of 145 channels?

I presume they are getting paid so that CNN does not drop totally out of the ratings. Or at least I think you’d have to pay someone to get them to watch CNN these days.


30 posted on 08/10/2011 8:50:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: sanjuanbob

The one liberal friend I had with whom I could have an honest conversation died a couple of years ago. And sadly it was due to some lifestyle choices which are common to Liberals.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 8:52:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Very sad about your friend. Unfortunately, choices sometimes have consequences.

Back to the topic at hand, Fox News is the only news that I watch on TV, but because they ARE fair and balanced it often makes my blood boil because they give so much equal time to liberals such as Juan Williams. When I get fed up, I just turn off the TV and come back to FreeRepublic, because it is NOT fair and balanced. It’s just right.

If CNN is on at an airport, or a hotel lobby, etc. I simply get up and leave the area. I will not watch or listen to it… EVER.


32 posted on 08/11/2011 6:21:23 AM PDT by DE50AE
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