Thursday, August 14, 2003

From Mike Russell
The war network is mainstreaming porn
No surprise. I haven't got cable so I've seen neither on Fox.

Mike Russell: I've always believed that Faux News and the Faux, er, Fox network were
cut from a common bolt of sleazy cloth.

Just because they don't churn out a steady stream of elitist Marxist
bilge, Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp./Sky/Fox networks are no more
conservative than nominal Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger is. It's
incomprehensible to me how so many otherwise good, sensible Americans
still believe that that the Fox brand signifies some meaningful
alternative to nihilist pop culture, simply because its "fair and
balanced" [sic] news arm airs a continuous drumbeat of DoD-approved war
coverage.

When delivered by models/newsbabes in micro-miniskirts, apostate
blowhard Bill O'Reilly, or the unspeakable Geraldo Rivera, this is
apparently supposed to be perceived as some sort of working Joe's
populist "conservatism." In reality, Fox is one of the preeminent
polluters of the ever-more toxic Kultursmog.

Of course, for the equally gullible yet better educated, we get Fred
Barnes and Mort Kondracke, the lookalike Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee of
beltway neoconservatism, serving up large daily helpings of
"conventional wisdom" on a variety of matters moral and political. It's
never disclosed, however, that PNAC founder and neocon sofa samurai Bill
Kristol, another Faux News regular, is directly on Murdoch's payroll via
his News Corp.-owned Weekly Standard magazine.

Now, with its dandy new show about pornographers, perhaps Fox should
consider re-branding itself and changing its name to some other word
beginning with "F." (Hmmm... I wonder if this means they'll be
supporting Larry Flynt over Arnold Schwarzenegger in the California recall
election?) [End.]

Speaking of f-ing and Rupert Murdoch, remember when Pat Robertson f-ed over his evangelical Protestant viewers sending donations and sold his network to Mr M?

Of course the beltway neocons want 'working Joe's populist "conservatism"' to mean things like invading Iraq.

Panem et circenses. Or as Natalie Merchant sang with 10,000 Maniacs about 10 years ago in 'Candy Everybody Wants':

Hey, hey, give ’em what they want.
If lust and hate is the candy,
if blood and love [
sic] taste so sweet,
then we give ’em what they want.


Seems whoever wrote that had Mr Murdoch and both parts of Fox sussed.

Reminds me: on American TV Aaron Spelling, who brought you 'The Love Boat' and 'Beverly Hills 90210', also still makes the gooey '7th Heaven' to patronize the 'family-values' viewers, but it's really PC of course. (Funny how, the couple of times I've seen it, a Protestant minister dad never mentions Christ.) As cynical as a non-Christian selling Christmas trees.

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