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JULY 5, 2008 10:18AM

does Fox News think their viewers are idiots? Do they care?

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busy weekend, you may have missed this in's war room.

 Fox "News" altered the photographs of these New York Times reporters.





They don't even seem to care if it's obvious that they are altering the photographs.





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Faux News all the time...
Bizarre activities going on over there at Fox News. Maybe they could do the new ads for Men's Hair Club and any plastic surgeons who advertise on their channel.
other than the local weather report (which is wrong so often i don't know why i bother with it) i don't watch tv news. even nbc, cnn, cbs, etc are only a tiny notch better than fox imo.
i was astounded by the lack of subtlety of the altered photos. it makes you realize the alterations are most likely happening on a less obvious level all the time.
sorry, oprah is where i am out of the loop...
sKim - those are rhetorical questions, right? Can you imagine what is going to become of the WallSt Journal?
as was pointed out on the OtherSalon, some apologist for conservatives and a fan of the Fox News said something like "Well, The Daily Show does this crap all the time!" Of course it was lost on the poster, even if he cared, that the network that the Daily Show is on is The Comedy Network. At least they're up front about it. The Fox program, of course, bills itself as a News program. I think I mentioned this yesterday somewhere on OpenSalon, that it just escapes me that so many people drink the Fox Kool-Aid. I bet they'd make millions if they started running ads for Soylent Green—for your dystopian dyspepsia™.
Normally the answer "Yes and No" could be considered evasive.In this case it would be dead-on. Yes, they do think their viewers are stupid - and that's the way they want to keep them. FNC isn't there to distribute news, their purpose is to keep the Republican faithful in line. They are the ones who distribute "the memo" as in "Didn't you get the ..."

I don't watch Faux News and don't plan to start for just the reasons the yes and no answer expresses. While I've never been fond of the collection of wing nuts, GOP snake oil salesmen, supply-side shills, and just plain loons (Peggy Noonan is in a class of her own) that is the WSJ's op-Ed lineup, the rest of the paper does give factual straight-up news. What it will be after Mursoch is done with it (his assurances to the contrary aren't worth a brass farthing) makes me shudder
Even considering the source, this is unbelievable. I hate being cynical, but when you see stuff like this, there's no other intelligent choice.
the more i think about this, the more i am certain that this sort of thing must be happening more than we realize and not just on Fox news and not usually so blatantly. we may not be as savvy as we like to think we are.
The only way I would ever watch Fox Noise would be if the screen was at the bottom of a urinal.
I remember listening to Al Franken on his radio show one day when he talked about the doctored photo showing John Kerry together with Jane Fonda. Al said his brother Owen had taken the photo of Jane Fonda (without John Kerry) and therefore knew that there was trickery involved. I tracked down a web page from Dartmouth about this and other examples throughout the history of photography. It makes for interesting reading.

Here's the url:
The problem isn't that Fox News thinks their viewers are stupid. Rather, the problem is that many in the political and religious right are actively engaged in the construction of an artificial reality.

This became very clear in a 2004 New York Times Magazine article by Ron Suskind:
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
Obvious examples of the construction of artificial reality include the assertion that the U.S. is a "Christian," nation, and the falsehoods propagated in the run-up to the Iraq war.

But perhaps the best example is what happened in the Terri Schiavo case. There were probably tens or hundreds of thousands of right-wing blogs and web sites engaged in the fabrication of virtually every detail of the Schiavo case. Michael Schiavo was called a "monster," and accused of doing something to his wife that caused her collapse. Terri Schiavo was said to be a "disabled" woman who was actually alert and aware and not in a persistent vegetative state. Michael Schiavo was accused to trying to get rid of her so as to get rich off of the malpractice settlement. The list goes on and on, and virtually everything on these web sites was totally false.

Amazingly, David Gibbs, an attorney for the Schindler family, even said that early on Terri Schiavo was beginning to recover, learning how to walk, and could speak -- both of which are utterly contradicted in the medical and legal record. You can see him make these outlandish claims about 30 seconds into the following video:

He then claims that Michael Schiavo received a "multi-million dollar" malpractice settlement. In fact, he received $300K and another $700K was put into a trust fund for his wife. This guy is an attorney, and he know this, but nonetheless lies about the settlement. He goes on to utter further lies later in the video, claiming that during dehydration the "heart literally explodes." This video was made long after Schiavo's autopsy report was made public, so he knows that this also was completely false.

There should be no surprise about Fox News displaying altered photos. This is what these people do, and the photos are merely a clumsy example of that.
A big WOW to:
" 'And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.' ''

Truly, he revealed the origin and raison d'etre of the current batch of illusions in which we live. The proper words to describe what I have been observing have been obscured in my mind, but now I have them, and apparently "they" know what they are about.

I feel a post coming on as I am reading Susan Faludi's "Dream of Terror" just will have to wait until I finish studying her work, however.

Ultimately, we will all have to decide how we want to live on this Earth. Armed with the knowledge of their master plan we need push ourselves to study and dissect each of the new realities. The inevitable perpetuation of such illusions could be halted if we persevere to unveil this manipulation. ALL could just boil down to:

What can be done to check the uncontrolled power given to the current cast of "history's actors".

But, most of us at OS already know that...
mishima666 and lisa - lots to think about here, thank you. I just want to reiterate that I don't think Fox is the only purveyor of slanted and misleading news. It would be foolish to think by avoiding Fox that we are safe from slanted and misleading 'news.' They are just the clumsiest of the bunch.
As I write this (while waiting for my car at the dealership), Fox is looping a story about Barack Obama's campaign plane being forced down for some sort of mechanical problem. Sen. Obama and his people are fine, the plane didn't crash. It was all a precaution, as far as I can tell. Oddly enough, the other news outlets aren't mentioning the story at all, but to Fox, this is a Major Setback to Obama's Campaign. Right now they're picking apart the plane schematics. Clearly, this raises Serious Questions about Obama's Fitness to Lead as out Commander In Chief.

FoxNews--We distort, you deride.