Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hounding Fox

I've been waiting for this. Liberals have been complaining about Fox New (or Faux News or Fox Noise or Fox Spews or whatever) since it debuted. Aside from boutique outfits like MediaMatters or News Hounds documenting Fox's fluid understanding of the truth, the left has done little to counter the influence.

But now that's changing. Fox Attacks, a website erected by producers of the documentary OutFoxed, is sounding the clarion call. They have a new web video up. You may have seen it on AOG or this excellent article on Alternet. They are also partnering with MoveOn to petition the Nevada Democratic Party to cancel plans to let Fox air the first Dem primary debate.

Here's the video:

The website explains the need for the petition as follows:

    The Democratic Party of Nevada just announced plans to team up with Fox News for a presidential primary debate. But Fox isn't a legitimate news channel. It's a right-wing mouthpiece like Rush Limbaugh and the Drudge Report—repeating false Republican talking points to smear Democrats.

Surf on over to MoveOn and sign. In addition, the FoxAttacks folks have suggestions for leading boycotts of local businesses that advertise on Fox. (I wonder how fair that is -- lots of cable companies seem to just sell time and your ad shows up wherever.)

Another potential action I'd like to see -- document businesses like hotels and restaurants that turn on Fox as a default and start a letter writing/boycott campaing against one or more of them. It drives me nuts to roll into a hotel on family vacation after a day of driving and have to tune out Billo and company as I'm checking in.