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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fox News Loses A Bit Of Its Dignity

I'm watching Fox & Friends right now, and they are discussing the release of the 2 kidnapped journalists. I want to email them asking one simple question, "What the hell is wrong with you people"??? On one hand, they're talking about the "generousity" of the Palestinian people, how it's a Arab cultural thing to treat their "guests" well and with respect, and how "hard" Haniyeh worked to free the jouranlists. Then, 5 second later, they discuss how much of a "harrowing" ordeal this was for the journalists. However, the way they're talking about you would think these guys WEREN'T EVEN KIDNAPPED!! They were simply guests held for a little while longer than they wanted. Oh yeah, and Hamas was against this whole thing. Once again, the Palestinians some-how find a way to win the media war even-though THEY KIDNAPPED the two journlists. I am watching the 2 journalists smiling and laughing with the Hamas PM, and I get this other picture superimposed over that image. It's 1938, and 2 American journalists had just been released from captivity after being kidnapped in Berlin. Then, you see the Fox News Alert of them smiling, laughing, and talking with Adolf Hitler. Then, you go back to the studio, and the reporters are duscussing Nazi generousity, and how the journalists were treated so well, and that in the past Hitler would have ordered the kidnapping, but here, he worked hard for the release of the 2 men, and this was some random act carried out by some fringe Nazi group. Oh wait, that actually did happen, and that's EXACTLY how the State Department used to describe Nazism and Hitler in the 1930s and early 1940s. READ THE REST...

Listen, I can understand why the journalists are acting the way they are. Technically, they are still very much in harm's way, and a wrong move can see them right back in the role of "guests" against their will. But, to hear the reporters back in the studio speaking the way they are, it's disgusting, and I might as well be watching the BBC. They spoke about how important these 2 reporters are since they are in Gaza reporting the story of "the Palestinian people". That's funny. I thought they were "fair and balanced" reporters that are in there to report the NEWS; not to take sides. Silly me. I actually believed Fox News' motto. I wouldn't have believed that they would actually contradict their own policy right their on world-wide Television.

The reporters in the studio spoke as if kindapping, by the Palestinians, was an ordinary thing, and completely acceptable since the reporters were "treated so well" and were repeatedly called "guests". "Guests" who were invited to dinner at gun-point and kept a little bit longer after dessert was finished. It's pathetic pandering. I wonder if they have the same opinion when it comes to Gilad Shalit. "Well, since our reporters were treated so nicely, there's no need to condemn the kidnapping of shalit since he's probably being treating just as well." Then, they speak of how hard Haniyeh worked to release the journalists, and how much he condemned the kidnapping. HELLO!!! Did these journalists have a huge brain fart before they came to work this morning? We now know that the group that carried our the kidnapping answers to Hamas. To think that this was not carried our without Haniyeh's say-so and guidance is just plain idiotic and completely irrational.

I wonder if this same dialogue would have been carried out had, G-d forbid, these 2 journalists had been kidnapped by Israelis...

My g-d, when is the world going to hold these people responsible for anything??? Whenever the Palestinians carry our some heinous action, there is always some excuse at the ready for the world and the international media to use to simple explain away their actions. They blow up people, it's because they're "oppressed". They go into a family's home and murder a family while they sleep, it's because they're "oppressed" and "freedom fighters". They kidnapp journlists and soldiers, it's OK since they'll be released and are treated well, and this is simply explained as Arab "culture". The way the world treats the Palestinians when they commit heinous actions epitomizes the way in which the West treats Islamo-fascism. "THEY JUST DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER".

Since they don't know any better, we can't very well hold them responsible for their actions. If I were a Palestinian, I'd actually be upset that the world holds me in such low regard and thinks I'm nothing more than some mentally challenged 5 year-old. On the other hand, this is another example of how the Arab/Muslim have completely dhimmied the world's media in capitulating into excusing any heinous action they commit. The media throughout the Middle East has repeatedly admitted that their Middle East beuraus have been threatened, that their reporters have been threatened if they show images or report stories that contradict the agenda of the controlling regions. If people think that there is such a thing as free press for the international media reporting from the Middle East, you are dead WRONG!!

Here is part of an email that I have just written to Fox & Friends:
I have to admit that Fox News has some lost respect in my eyes. The way you guys are talking about the situation, these guys weren't even KIDNAPPED. You just spoke of Hamas, that "in the PAST, they acted as a terrorist group". Last time I checked, Hamas and HANIYEH were still a terrorist and terrorist group. I understand that you might be afraid that Centanni and Olaf might still be in danger, but I thought Fox News' motto was to be fair and balanced. You speak of the generousity of the Palestinian people in such a cajoling way, you would think these guys were simply taken to dinner against their will and not actually KIDNAPPED. You said that the reporters are so important because they're in Gaza to tell the "story of the Palestinian people". Funny, I thought they were supposed to be "fair and balanced" reporters, there to report the news and NOT to take sides.

Once again, you, the media, have played right in the hands of the terrorists, and they, especially the TERRORIST leader Haniyeh (who is still committed to the destruction of the state of Israel), have gained points in the media war. I wonder how you and your reporters would be speaking if, god forbid, the journalists had been kidnapped by Israelis. To simply use excuses, like saying they were treated as "guests", to justify terrorist and heinous behavior only encourages more kidnappings in the future.

Bottom line for me today: Fox News has lost some respect in my eyes...

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At 7:34 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

This just shows the deterioration of journalist culture. They have no sense of honor anymore. The reporting of the news has just become a business, rather than the ideal of exposing the truth despite personal costs. Disgusting!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Totally agree.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Fern R said...

I've been watching Fox News since Centanni and Wiig were released and I didn't get the impression you describe here at all. Not even close.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Fern R said...

Does Israel get the exact same Fox that we get in the US?

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Fern R said...

Brit Hume, Fox News:

Yes, and what an appealing faith these thugs must believe Islam is, that conversions have to be effected at the point of a gun. And what of the argument that all of the ills and troubles that beset the Palestinian people, that lead them to terrorism, are the cause of what they endlessly refer to as the illegal Israeli occupation.

Consider the latest rounds of trouble in Gaza and Lebanon, two places from which Israel has withdrawn.

It has been noted that not for one day after the Israeli pullout from Gaza did the rocket attacks that came from Gaza ever stop. We’re not dealing here with something that is susceptible to a political resolution of the kind of which the State Department and many a president has dreamed.

We’re dealing here with a lawless enemy whose goal far transcends any side-by-side, two-state solution. That isn’t going to do it. We’re dealing with a terrorist, gangland-style enemy, which I think it’s fair to conclude, and this episode only further illustrates it, must be defeated.

Here's the rest of the interview: Hume Condemns Kidnappers.

Like I said earlier, I think your assessment of Fox was inaccurate and unfair.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Fern, yeah, we do get the same one. I was speaking only about Fox & Friends. I specifically spoke about them. However, I've been watching it also, and this is how they were speaking about the situation the WHOLE DAY yesterday. If they werent speaking that way before, fine, but that's what happened yesterday.

The independent pundits is one thing, but that's my opinon on what happened yesterday. I still am a huge fan of Fox News. I just think their reporters yesterday severely dropped the ball.


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