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| Roger Alper
Posted on 04/10/2003 12:27:58 PM PDT by philosofy123
By Rogel Alper
America's Fox News network has been demonstrating since the start of the war in Iraq an amazing lesson in media hypocrisy. The anchors, reporters and commentators unceasingly emphasize that the war's goal is to free the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. The frequency, consistence and passion with which they use that lame excuse, and the fact that nearly no other reasons are mentioned shows that this is the network's editorial policy. The American flag lies in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, while the logo accompanying the programming is Operation Iraqi Freedom, the official name given by the Pentagon. Fox journalists display what appears to be genuine happiness, innocent and sincere, brainwashed in nature, in the expectation for the wonderful day when the American army leads the Iraqi people from slavery to freedom.
With effective, rapid and decisive rewriting of history, there is an impression that the network has erased past relations between Iraq and America. It is difficult to find any mention of the fact that the U.S. armed Iraq in its war against Iran in the 1980s, or that it turned a blind eye when Saddam Hussein brutally put down a 1991 uprising with chemical weapons after the first Gulf War. The argument about the connection between Saddam's regime and Al-Qaida and the attack on the Twin Towers has disappeared, and the "axis of evil," which also included Iran and North Korea, has evaporated. There's practically no mention of the stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction and how they were hid from the UN inspectors as being the official reason for the war. There's no reference to the American economic interests in Iraqi oil wells. Every operation to take over the wells and prevent their sabotage was altruistic, for the sake of the Iraqi people and preservation of its assets and resources.
According to what is shown on Fox, the Iraqi people are the only oppressed people in the world. The network doesn't call on the government to free the subjects of the regimes of China, North Korea, Syria and Burma, nor does it express amazement about that contradiction in American foreign policy. There are no contradictions. Operation Iraqi Freedom is a gift granted by America, even at the price of its own soldiers, to the Iraqi people, as a gesture of goodwill. The world according to Fox: America always helps oppressed people wherever they are, to free them of their shackles. America has no economic interests; no cynical, instrumentalist realpolitik guides it. America is good and only has moral interests. The Iraqi soldier is called "the bad guy" on Fox. It's that simple.
As far as the war's motives are concerned, Fox looks like part of the propagandistic campaign of systematic disinformation by the Bush administration, while it accuses the Iraqi regime of disseminating false information about the situation on the battlefield. The motives for the war and measure of its justice are at the heart of the current conflict between the United States and its European allies, and has ramifications over its relations with Russia, China and the Arab world as well as its position as the global superpower. Just as the Iraqi TV deceives its viewers about the situation on the battlefield, Fox misleads its American viewers about the reasons for the war. If only the issue of the human rights of the Iraqi people was at stake, there never would have been a war.
But Fox broadcasts to the entire world. Like CNN, it presents to the globe the face of America and its perception of reality, and it exports its dark side, the infuriating side that inspires so much hostility: the self-righteousness, the brutality, the pretension, hubris, and simplicity, the feverish faith in its moral superiority, the saccharine and infantile patriotism, and the deep self-persuasion that America is not only the most powerful of the nations, but also that the truth is always American. Fox looks like the media arm of the superpower mentality, indifferent to any perspective that is not American and alienating vast portions of the world. Its war coverage is as governmental as that of Iraqi TV. This is American TV.
For some reason, ever since Fox showed up on Israeli cable, the other foreign networks have become unnecessary. CNN was nearly removed, BBC World has been thrown out of the cable package, and both are suspected of hostility to Israel. Fox, for whom Israel's enemies are "the bad guys," is the perfect alibi for the new fashion of censorship. Who needs BBC when there's Fox? That has dangerously narrowed the horizon of thinking available to the viewers of foreign news stations in Israel.
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: foxaamericana; foxnetwork; iraqifreedom; televisedwar
Man, call the WHAAAMBULANCE for this guy!
posted on 04/10/2003 12:30:15 PM PDT
(United States 2, Terror-sponsoring nations 0, waiting to see who's next in the bracket)
Forgot the "Barf Alert" warning, it seems...
posted on 04/10/2003 12:30:54 PM PDT
(irrelevant (î-rèl´e-vent) 1: The United Nations. 2: France.)
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posted on 04/10/2003 12:31:39 PM PDT
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More accurately would be a substitution of "Al Jerza" for Fox, or possibly even the DNC Press Organ:)
posted on 04/10/2003 12:32:28 PM PDT
Israel has seemed to tire of suicide bombers targeted women and children described as desperate freedom fighters. They live with terrorism everyday, must they also be subjected to terrorist sympathizing media organizations?
posted on 04/10/2003 12:34:49 PM PDT
(Republicans for Sharpton!)
As the old Chinese proverb says, "A man who tries to catch two rabbits at once catches neither."
Divide and conquer is so much more effective than trying to go after everyone at once. Thanks for the tantrum, though.
posted on 04/10/2003 12:35:12 PM PDT
by Steel Wolf
(Like water in a bucket.... calm but deadly...)
ROFTLOL! 'For some reason, ever since FOX News showed up on Israeli cable-the other news networks have become unnecessary...
I feel the exact same way!!
posted on 04/10/2003 12:36:31 PM PDT
posted on 04/10/2003 12:37:44 PM PDT
"For some reason, ever since Fox showed up on Israeli cable, the other foreign networks have become unnecessary. CNN was nearly removed, BBC World has been thrown out of the cable package "
Yes, when something is rotten it generally gets thrown away and replaced by something Fresh.
Isrealies (like Americans and Brits) know crap when they see crap. Sky News is kicking BBCs butt in the UK and Fox is doing the same in the US. This isn't because Fox does not report BAD news, they do.
The writer also fails to understand the the WMD argument is just an excuse to get Saddam, and that he had to go anyway. Everyone knows this and we all thank Saddam for finally handing us the rope we were looking for to hang him. The world, especially the Middle East will be a far more peacefull place for it.
posted on 04/10/2003 12:38:02 PM PDT
I'm surprized and encouraged by finding this analysis in Haaretz. Now the Israel-First loonies will have to find a substitute for "anti-semitic".
posted on 04/10/2003 12:38:29 PM PDT
by Seti 1
There are no contradictions. Operation Iraqi Freedom is a gift granted by America, even at the price of its own soldiers, to the Iraqi people, as a gesture of goodwill. The world according to Fox: America always helps oppressed people wherever they are, to free them of their shackles. America has no economic interests; no cynical, instrumentalist realpolitik guides it. America is good and only has moral interests. The Iraqi soldier is called "the bad guy" on Fox. It's that simple.
Only in sarcasm does this guy get it dead on.
posted on 04/10/2003 12:40:12 PM PDT
This is the wail of the spoiled kid whose parents finally saw the light, realized he was a bully, and sent him to his room.
Israel is full of leftists
The leftists even in Israel hate to see the US win.
To: Steel Wolf
This Haaretz article sounds like the typical Euro-elitist crap.
He sounds like Euro-trash?
For some reason, ever since Fox showed up on Israeli cable, the other foreign networks have become unnecessary. CNN was nearly removed, BBC World has been thrown out of the cable package,
That is the real reason for the runt!
Israeli public has finally uncovered the Leftist fraud. That is what makes this Lefty mad.
Leave him in the gutter.
posted on 04/10/2003 12:53:00 PM PDT
Give us a break. We'll get to them all in time.
First they don't want us to free anyone, now they want them all freed at once. Sheesh.
posted on 04/10/2003 12:56:27 PM PDT
(When will the Iraqi people claim their right of Badal?)
I didn't know Peter Arnett was writing for that paper, too..
posted on 04/10/2003 12:57:31 PM PDT
Do the Dhue!
I will bet the person that wrote this is John Kerrys or Tom Daschles PR Person!
posted on 04/10/2003 1:13:14 PM PDT
"As far as the war's motives are concerned, Fox looks like part of the propagandistic campaign of systematic disinformation by the Bush administration"......
Unlike the propagandistic campaign of sytematic disinformation from the rest of the media!!!! Funny, what these idiots call propaganda, I call truth.
posted on 04/10/2003 1:17:36 PM PDT
by Ga Rob
(I'm not the cause of your problems.....you are!!)
The network doesn't call on the government to free the subjects of the regimes of China, North Korea, Syria and Burma, nor does it express amazement about that contradiction in American foreign policy.
They report the news, not create it, and we decide.
I have to agree that liberation of Iraqi is ancillary to regime change which is merely a means of removing a threat to us.
posted on 04/10/2003 1:50:50 PM PDT
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To: Ga Rob
I call both sides propaganda. No one knows the truth. I was glad to have Fox leaning to the right of issues because all the rest are leaning to the left.
To: N. Theknow
Mr. In-the-Know, how did you know that I love these lips so?
Thanks for making my morning. Kiss the dripping Dhue!
So many straw men, so little time....
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