Fox News violates journalistic boundaries

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A small stir was caused in the media world this past week when a former Fox News employee gave an exclusive interview to the website Media Matters.

When asked for an insider’s opinion of how every conservative’s favorite channel works, the ex-employee stated, “I don’t think people would believe it’s as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.” Specifically, he was talking about the largely known yet never explicitly stated idea that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation that heavily favors Republican politicians and policies. Well, this time, it was explicitly stated by someone who was an insider of the organization.

The primary goal of Fox News now more than ever appears to be putting any and all Republican politicians on a pedestal and knocking down as many Democrats as possible. I doubt that many of you are surprised by this revelation. I can’t think of one person I know who takes the Fox News “Fair and Balanced” slogan seriously at this point. In fact, I don’t know if it’s still fair to even call the channel a news network anymore. If its primary operation is built upon stories that deliberately leave out pertinent information, and in some cases completely fabricate the entire story, then Fox News is honestly no better than the Onion News Network.

If staffers at Fox News really do, according to Media Matters, “operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking,” then doesn’t that seem to be a rather big issue?

They parade around as being “fair and balanced” and consistently put down people who even hint that they may be conservatively biased, yet from all appearances it is clear this shtick is all a charade, much like Stephen Colbert’s conservative character. The problem is that Fox News lie is being portrayed as a truth that millions across the country actively believe in and follow.

It would be like if I read stories from The Onion every day and spouted them off to friends as if they were true.
“Did you hear how Republicans vetoed an Obama-backed bill that would have destroyed an asteroid headed for Earth?”
Sound ridiculous? Well, in the future, it may not seem too unreasonable to have such a headline on a Fox News scroll bar or even coming out of Bill O’Reilly’s mouth. The point is, readers need to consider their news sources carefully.

When such a widely watched and respected organization such as Fox begins to make up stories that cater to a specific audience, it’s not too far off to think that other such sources could do just the same thing.