Monday, November 02, 2009

If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!

I had heard rumors of Obama's "Fairness in broadcasting" policies, and frankly was astounded that such thinking even exists at the presidential level. Michael Savage has been banned from Britain because of his conservative views. He hasn't actually done any acts, he has just spoken out. So basically he is guilty of "speech crimes". Interesting, considering we believe in freedom of speech. But I guess Pres. Obama doesn't believe in freedom of speech when it contradicts his political views. He wants to silence conservative voices. Don't believe me? Check out this article from NPR. I hope you will take a moment to vote in their poll at the end of the article.

I couldn't believe when I read that the Whitehouse has tried to block Fox news from interviewing key officials. In my mind this is the very essence of democracy. I lived in China where the opposition doesn't have a voice. If Obama wants that kind of government, perhaps he would like to become a Chinese citizen?

7 comments:

mereman said...

While, in all fairness, I haven't yet read the article on NPR, you should check out this video and see if it alters your perspective on Fox News at all.

Delirious said...

It really doesn't matter to me what Fox news reports. I actually don't even watch their show. What matters to me is that they should be allowed freedom of speech. When the government starts to control that, we lose one of our most valuable civil rights.

Christina said...

I didn't vote for Obama... but can I vote to send him to China? :)

Nene said...

You would be absolutely astounded to come over to Europe and find out how many people over here LOVE Obama and LOVE Bill Clinton1 I'm not kidding! Literally EVERYONE I have talked to says how much they love those 2 men and can't understand why I don't. Even members of our church - EVERYONE! I said to one lady that she doesn't realize it, but she is brainwashed by the media. She can't be in the US to see the real thing, so she has to rely solely on the media, which twists everything to make these men look great. She couldn't believe what I told her. I'm not sure she did believe me.

mereman said...

You didn't watch the video. The video isn't a report from Fox News, it's from MSNBC. It has nothing to do with the reporting that Fox does, the whole problem lies in ACTIONS that Fox News is taking. Watch the video. :D

Delirious said...

I already knew about these protests, but I still think that Fox IS news, and I think that what they have done to organize protests is new, but it doesn't make it wrong. These people are just crying "sour grapes" because they are the liberal media and want to quiet the conservative voices. We conservatives don't have much voice in the media any more. Most of those Tea parties weren't covered at all by the liberal media. Fox still presents the news, just adds their own twist. That shouldn't be silenced.

mereman said...

Ok... I agree that what Fox reports shouldn't be silenced, but if you were president, and you were going to be interviewed by several reporters from different networks, and one showed up carrying a picketing sign protesting against your administration, would you let him interview you?

The news should report. They can report whatever they want, but when they start actively organizing and sponsoring protests (regardless of my political alignment with those protests), I am not one to judge the government for treating them a little less favorably than when they simply report facts.

Having observed the way my father ran a very influential, responsible and successful newspaper for over a decade, I believe that the news and press have an important right and responsibility to report anything and everything the people need to know. However, the press also has to be responsible enough to know that if they take actions that are considered offensive to the local entities (government, business or otherwise) they report on, they will be met with resistance.

I'm not saying either side is right or wrong, I'm just saying that none of this feels like the government is trying to prevent Fox from doing their job as a media outlet. It doesn't seem like anything anyone should be upset about.