By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE –
There was an article in one of my Sunday newspapers defending FOX for showing the video of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive. Me? I’ve already said that I feel it was a ploy for ratings and a great way for them to provoke even more anti- Muslim sentiment perhaps leading to more ratings producing violence for their on air hate fests.
The author of the newspaper article droned on about freedom of the press and censorship but I call baloney on that argument in this case. Oh, you bet that I believe in freedom of both the press and speech. As much as I disagree with the decision to air the footage (on FOX and the internet) I wouldn’t force censorship on anyone. I would though- expect FOX to have weighed the harm to the vast majority of Muslims that are AMERCIAN citizens, THE SAME AS YOU AND ME- and to those that cannot get rid of those images when they close their eyes. How about the families of our soldiers that are stationed in the middle-east? Did the folks at FOX think about them? They certainly use them when they need a tear jerking, flag waving moment to push their political agenda and their candidates.
PATRIOTS? Not at FOX. Not that I can see. I see robber barons and media whores at work. Profits are a fine thing but ethics and empathy and a sense of responsibility are a large part of being an American as well. Though, Murdoch is an Aussie and until last week the 2nd largest stock holder was a Saudi Sheik. Odd move that- the paper reported that he rid himself of all but around 1 percent of his holdings. Now, the reason for THAT is a story I’d love to see reported on.
Yep, I know that everything is multi-national. I don’t have a problem with that- UNLESS those multi-national entities control the news and manipulate our political policies. Especially, if that manipulation is for profit. I still say SHAME on FOX (and ALL their friends).