Time Magazine and Jon Stewart have taken up a cause that I think is long overdue. Calling out Fox News for its blatant lies and self-deceptions about how the Fox News Network itself deliberately lies and deceives the public all too often on its news broadcasts. News media cannot afford such muddying the truth and outright prevarications – it taints all news organizations with the attitude that “Fox only does it because everybody else shades the truth or fails to provide dissenting viewpoints”. Jon Stewart deserves credit for being “on the story” first and with pluck and black humor. Time gets kudos for exposing Fox News and its blatant misrepresentation.
The Time report on Bill O’Reilly catches Bill blatantly lying to his viewers. O’Reilly takes to task Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who had called into question FOX reporting that stated that not getting health insurance would lead to fines and imprisonment. Here is Bill O’Reilly’s blatant lie:
“We researched on Fox News if anybody had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.”
Time was able to produce half a dozen quotes from Fox News broadcasts that clearly Fox News reporters saying things like Glen Beck –“But if you don’t play by their new rules on health care — oh, here’s a new little twist. Have you heard this? You’re going to be looking at a fun little stint in jail.” Now Time has graciously supplied Tom Coburn with an opportunity to pick up some campaign funding. He can sue Fox News for libel and slander.This is only said facetiously – but in fact, one of the best ways to get Rupert Murdoch to control the “fair and balanced” Fox News is to hit him constantly in the pocket book. The constant suits, most of which he should lose, the drain on profitability and credibility might loosen the notions of Fox News and Roger Ailes being worth the while.