Source: Left Hook
Posted on 07/17/2014
When we do have a room with a TV while travelling we are always struck by the varying quality of the international news channels. In Thailand we got Le Monde out of France, the British BBC, DW from Germany, China’s CCTV, Al Jazeera from Qatar, NHK out of Japan, as well as news channels from South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia and the US.
What is most disturbing is that the US news – Fox News and CNN – are far and away the worst. In fact they are not even news channels. They titillate and entertain with their Ken and Barbie fashion show, hiring illiterate supermodels to deliver the daily dose of gossip column quality distraction.
My wife had a great idea for a t-shirt: FOX- Fear Or Xenophobia. I won’t bother to define the latter word since those who don’t know what it means are problem busy watching, well, Fox News. From the scary Swine Flu to the ominous Guantanamo prisoners who would surely somehow bomb New York if tried there, to the ghoulish “socialist” health care bill. Every purported news story on Fox News one morning was instead a giant fear bomb dropped on the viewer to put them into a mindless inert state of blind obedience to some invisible right-wing Robocop fascist corporate state.
I would encourage all of you to write a letter of support to both your Congressperson and the FCC suggesting the possibility that Fox News and CNN have, by virtue of their dumbing down of the population, become a threat to our national security and that their licenses should be revoked.
Two of the best television news networks are Russia’s RT News and Iran’s Press TV. I have recently had the honor of working with both. Recently Press TV was dropped by Eurosat in a blatant act of censorship by the EU.
News media have a contractual obligation to serve the public good. All news has a certain bias, if only because of what is considered newsworthy in the first place. A diversity of opinion is healthy in a democracy. But the public owns the nation’s airwaves, which the FCC is charged with doling out to radio and TV stations. The public then, has the right to decide on a democratic basis who gets to use those airwaves. It’s not about “money equals free speech”, as the whacko far right would have us believe. The Constitution says nothing about that. It’s about public airwaves employed for the public good.
I would argue that neither CNN nor Fox News in their current form serve the public good. There must be more worthy news sources who deserve an FCC license to operate in the US. Press TV, RT News and Al-Jazeera are just a few that come to mind.
Fear Or Xenophobia – brought to you by the Zionist Rupert Murdoch and Saudi Prince Alaweed bin Talal – the two biggest shareholders of Newscorp. It’s time to rid our democracy of this mindless indoctrination. It is a threat to our national security. I’m calling for a publicly circulated referendum to pull the plug on both Fox News and the billionaire Ted Turner’s CNN.
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com