The Pardu

The Pardu
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fox News virtually Ignores Florida killing.


Maybe the killing does not the Fox News business model.

Earlier this week a close friend said she was, again, sacrificing a bit of sanity to see just how Fox News was covering the Trayvon Martin murder in Sanford, Florida.  After a few days of watching specific shows, she told me that Hannity forayed into to the topic but from a weird perspective. The segment was absent most details related to the murder and little to no mention of 911 tapes.  I believe she mentioned something about Bill O'Reilly, but her comments to me came very late in the week, well after all other networks reported on the story in detail.

Earlier this week, we posted an article with a graphic comparing MSNBC, CNN and Fox News coverage.  The article was written and posted such that it placed emphasis where Fox News places its priorities: appealing to a predominantly male audiences (during certain morning and afternoon shows) via what can only be called "sleazy up skirt shots".  As you view the following link, and after you work your way past the opening images, find your way to the central theme of the pieces: the graphic illustration mentioned above.  Fox News for what it is worth.    The ThinkProgress chart is empirical in its bottom-line point.  A national news story that happens to include the murder of a young black kid by a killer who might have (I said might) have been motivated by stereotypical bias, was not worthy of even perfunctory coverage. For those who might feel posting the first two images are less than indicative of a Fox News business model, click this link.
Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Fox News’s Roger Ailes: ‘I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot’

On the cusp of Fox News’s 15th birthday, the operation’s boss, Roger Ailes, has given the Associated Press an excellent quote:
“I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings.”
 The chief operational manager of Fox News publicly admitted hiring based on matters of his libido.  If that is the case, is it really a leap to envision a business model that would yield the images above (and much more)?

The Daily Beast reports.
Fox News Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Case Criticized    

As an admitted an proud liberal, I do not expect much else from Fox News.  The problem I have is the power the network wields over people who use Fox News as their major news source.

Compliments to ThinkProgress and the daily Beast.

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