Why I despise Fox News

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You’re probably thinking, how is this relevant to the UK? Simple. Fox News is available on Sky (channel 509). I’m more shocked that people are unaware, and that Ofcom hasn’t wised up to Fox News’ blatant bias.

Anyhow, when I was 16, I wanted to look for a channel that was completely American. Complete with American personalities and American ads (which I couldn’t find). Eventually, I tuned out of Fox News, primarily because I had no idea what they were talking about, until I did some research, and found out that Fox News is biased to the right, and that its reporters personally try and take down anyone who opposes the Republican agenda.

I felt like it was a massive con. The only all-American channel I can find on Sky is apparently the most evil news outlet there is. I ended up becoming obsessed with media bias, to the point that I based my second art project in sixth form on the issue of bias in Fox News. I named it “The False News Channel Project”.

In 2011, I periodically put Fox News on so I could personally investigate right wing bias myself. I did just that during my trip to New York (taking full advantage of the fact that we were out most of the time). What I found was less than rosy. I found that Fox commentators were vilifying British union protesters and calling Israel the most peaceful and democratic part of the Middle East (when Jerusalem is riddled with sectarian violence).

Back then, I hated Fox News because they were supporting the things I came to passionately oppose:

  • Censorship
  • Corporate greed
  • Monopolies
  • Fundamentalist Christianity
  • Republican dominance
  • Invasions of foreign countries
  • Media bias

As I grew older, my opinions matured, but I still passionately Fox News, for all the same reasons. They’re an evil media corporation that seeks to brainwash its viewers with right-wing propaganda, and it doesn’t respect the people’s right to make up their own minds.

But now, I realize, that there’s an even bigger reason to hate Fox News. It almost gave me a negative view of America. It almost made me forget how much more wonderful America is beyond the political rhetoric, probably because I was an overly naive teenager with too much of a concern for the world at large.

However, my raw dripping negativity towards Fox News remains, just that it isn’t guided by a liberal’s sense of outrage. It’s guided mainly by Fox News’ objective track record of grievous crimes against journalism.

I don’t really look for more recent examples of bias in Fox News because I know that it will all be the same, even if Glenn Beck (who I despise with a passion) is no longer a part of it. I don’t need to be told that Fox News is evil, I know it is. I’ve seen it for myself, and decided for myself that it was.

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The red top menace

Note: Red top is a slang term a slang term for any tabloid newspaper. Most, if not all tabloids in the UK have a red top on the front page.

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I’m sure you all remember what happened in July 2011. It was revealed that the News of the World newspaper hacked into various phones, including Hugh Grant, and the voice-mails of Milly Dowler. These revelations and others eventually caused the death of the paper, on July 11th 2011, while sealing the deal for News Corp’s descent into a state of being universally hated by everyone around them. It was a victory for the victims, and those who just wanted to see the death of the tabloids, such as myself.

That’s right, I hate tabloids. If you’ve read my “I’m a Celeb” post, the reasons should be obvious. But I want to expand on it. Everyone knows what a tabloid newspaper is; a newspaper with simple and sensational writing techniques that give more prominence to celebrity gossip, sports, and even hoaxes, than they give to real news.

The first reason why I hate tabloids is because they are dumb. They’re written in a way that can appeal to idiots, and it’s dumbing us all down. The sad part is that the people don’t even care about it. They only read them more than broadsheets because they’re ridiculously cheap.

The second reason I hate them is because they are hypocrites. The tabloid papers, their editors, and their creators claim be morally right, while simultaneously slapping pictures of topless girls on the third page in such a manner that it borders on softcore pornography (the Page 3 phenomenon). Considering how easy it is for kids to get their hands on them, that means they can’t even live up to their “think of the children” mentality. Another aspect of their hypocrisy worth noting is their blatant political allegiances. The Sun and the Daily Star are officially populists (though they seem more likely to support the Conservatives), and the Daily Mirror supports Labour. However, I think it’s not really loyal in this regard. Because all tabloids want to appeal to everyone, they’ll espouse the most commonly held opinions in order to sell papers.

Also, they have the habit of distorting the truth and reporting whatever they damn well please if it meant selling papers. Even mere slander to them counts as news.

Basically this except on paper, and in Britain.

Basically this except on paper, and in Britain.

The third and final reason why I hate them is there seemingly perverted obsession with celebrities, especially female celebrities. Remember the phone hacking scandal? Part of it was that the News of the World hacked into the phones of celebrities to get stories. Let’s think about this for a second. If it weren’t for the tabloids, Katie Price wouldn’t have become famous. Katie Price is part of the price we pay for allowing the hypocrisy of the tabloids to go unpunished. They place celebrity culture as more important than real news, and thus the tabloids have paved the way for the corruption of our culture for decades to come. In fact, they’re the ones behind our modern, celebrity-driven culture.

And that is why the red top tabloids are menaces to our society. I could write a song and it would illustrate this point. I hear there are going to be new rules put in place to regulate newspapers. If they get passed, hopefully they should teach those tabloids a lesson.