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Monday, October 02, 2006

Fair and balanced

I saw the much celebrated Bill Clinton interview on Fox news yesterday, and I was appalled by what I saw. I was appalled at the “unvarnished truth” that was pouring from the spiteful, mango-faced, pissy little pretty suite fox reporter. It was a set-up, and I think Mr.Clinton did a good job holding his ground and speaking his side. Well, may be he could have gone easy on his references to the Richard Clarke book; nevertheless he did well.


This is a country where journalists like Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward raised the bar for journalistic excellence when they brought down a presidency (for the right reasons). American journalists should be proud of what they did. But that was 30 years ago. Today the standards of journalism seem to have changed, with the likes of Fox news shamelessly imitating Trotsky's Pravda. Fox news is nothing but “Mouthpiece journalism” at its best (or worst?).

Why is Fox news popular? People are too damn stupid to understand the news all by themselves based on the available facts. This is where Fox news comes to your help. They “interpret” the news for you, and make sure you don’t miss the point – much like what Deshabhimani does for our uneducated comrades in Kerala.

So if you are the most dense, ignorant, obtuse, dumbass and you want your lie-of-the day, tune in to Fox news. It is always FAIR and BALANCED.
PS: Here is the interview (There is a video link in the story)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a natural evolution for the mankind. Like Microsoft hiding simple things behind cute icons.

Generally I see that people in developed countries need fully refined, fine tuned, good taste, easy to digest news. What the hell Americans are still discussing if the War on Iraq was a war on terrorism or a war for oil?

The journalism has migrated from News to Stories - the next level. Instead of data in pieces, now they are expected to connect the dots and present a story. Remember how Manorama presents a landslide incident in the typical "ma" story style?

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