Friday, January 15, 2010

Faux Noise Promotes Earthquake Coverage But Ignores It

It’s never fare and seldom balance.  Its sheeple don’t even get the truth on what’s coming up.

Fox-sheep As Media Matters documented, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 -- The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck -- devoted a combined total last night of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti. By contrast, the content of MSNBC's three top-rated shows underscored the significance of the Haiti disaster; Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball devoted a total of more than two hours to the earthquake.

Nevertheless, during last night's programming, Fox News repeatedly ran a promotion of their coverage of the earthquake in Hati [sic] where the announcer asserted: "After a devastating earthquake kills thousands and leaves a country stranded, Fox News has the very latest information as events unfold. Stay with Fox News for the latest reports and up to the minute coverage of the horror in Hati [sic]."… [emphasis added]

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If anything, I found the coverage on MSNBC frustrating, because Haiti dominated to the extent of squeezing out other important items.  But even that is preferable to the Faux Noise lies.  Given O’Reilly’s, Hannity’s and Beck’s history of racism, I suppose that the death of tens of thousands of black people mattered to them only in that it could be uses as a teaser.


Lisa G. said...

TC - I will disagree with you this one time - the Haiti earthquake should take top billing on the news and in commentaries because of the scope of the disaster. The lack of Fox coverage is not surprising; the fact that MSNBC's viewers are generally better educated means they have more money to donate at this critical time.

TomCat said...

We dont disagree, Lisa. The earthquake should take top billing, but instead of the endless repretition, they should have included some coverage of other things.