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Showing posts with label Yellow Journalism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yellow Journalism. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fox News Is So Self-Revealing

Not Hannity, but revealing nonetheless.
We offer another example of the extent to which Fox News fails as a credible news network.  Sean Hannity and an interview with congressman Keith Ellison, (D) Minnesota.  Yes, you saw it correctly, that is a parenthetic letter D for Democrat. ON Fox News?  And, there-in lies a precursor of what was to come. Whether we prefer Fox News of not, it is impossible to argue about the lack of professional journalistic decorum. Sean Hannity's recent interview with Congressman Ellison provides inarguable evidence of complete journalistic malfeasance. How about a few linguistic examples observable in a video segment embed (below)? The following words or phrases came from the (on-air) mouth of Hannity.

Angry?  Rant? Rah rah, rah?  "Now you are a broken record."   "I invited you on the show!" (Hannity seems to have have implied, " shut-up and allow me to guide you through my propaganda and then you can respond". If you are naive or the susceptible sort, you may not realize Hannity used the angry black man dog whistle, "Why are you so angry?"  

Hannity spoke to Ellison as if it was an honor to appear on his show.  Of course, that could mean Hannity does not often ask real (non-conservative) interview subjects to appear on his show. In any case, I would call what you are about to see far worse than "yellow journalism".  I have referred to Fox News as the home of "Yellow Journalism", but this interaction with Ellison was outright WWE silly and the interaction illustrated (validated) a very unprofessional side of Hannity.

Ahhhh....Hannity skirt is showing.

He attempts to follow the latest GOP talking points "It is Obama's sequester", and runs into an authoritative insider (congressman) who will not accept the Fox News propaganda model. His first mistake; he was not 'guiding' the dim-witted Sarah Palin through a "facilitated"  interview.

The "facilitated" interview is a Fox News technique that should be patented. Of course, credible news networks have no use for the propaganda technique.  The "Facilitated Interview" : an interview between two people with the host providing a two to three minute influencing introduction (opine and demagoguery) and ends with a question. The paid respondent then responds as they are directed.  Hannity, Van Sustren and O'Reilly use the technigue often. Hannity and O'Reilly ofen show visible signs of anger when guest do not follow the technique. Palin was the perfect, "feed her a lead and let her talk" interview, for Hannity and Van Sustren.

Well, things did not workout with Congressman Ellison as he had hoped, that I am certain. The full six minute viewing is critical if you chose to view the segment.

We offer another example of a Fox News interview that did not go well or did not pan-out according to their script. The interview was quickly ended. I  am certain show managers in the broadcast booth wanted the interviewee off the air. Problem?  The interview guest is Tom Ricks Pulitzer Prize winning former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

In fairness, the next day Ricks told an interview host on another network that he also has problems with MSNBC's Left slant, but was not as 'put-off' by MSNBC as Fox News handling of political coverage.

Another commitment to fairness. Tamron Hall of MSNBC conducted an interview with a conservative Washington insider and surrogate during the 2012 Campaign. Of course, she conducted many such interviews, but one stands-out. While I do not remember the interviewee's last name (First name Tim) I will state the interview was summarily ended by Ms. Hall. Since, you Fox News supporters will now seek out the interview, it ended with the interviewee continuing to speak.  It is important to point out the difference in the two interviews (Hannity vs. Hall).  Hannity used inappropriate "Gotcha" and child-like utterances as his guest was speaking.  While many on the Right love the "gotcha stuff" (in all childishness) it is not common among competent journalist and political commentators.   Truly intellectual viewers would find such behavioral manifestations a complete turnoff.

And the last sentence above provides an intriguing segue.

Huffington Post - MEDIA is reporting a drop in Fox News ratings for the month.

The good news? Fox News once again had the top 13 programs — much better than January, where it failed to sweep the top 10 for the first time in years and had its lowest ratings in the all-important A25-54 demo since 2001. "Special Report" also celebrated 50 months as the top-rated show in its hour. 
The bad news? Shep Smith, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity all saw huge drops in the demo from the same point in 2012. Hannity fell a staggering 35 percent from 2012, and O'Reilly fell 26 percent. It was the two mens' worst performance in the demo since 2006 and 2008, respectively. True, 2012 was an election year — but even though MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews also saw their ratings decrease, their ratings fell by much smaller percentages.
Is it possible some viewers are realizing the waste associated with watching and listening to the Fox New Public Relations  and Propaganda Network? After the November General Election,  the rational person should have experienced quite enough of news that lead so many over the precipice of the Karl Rove/Dick Morris political crevasse.

Friday, June 29, 2012

CNN to investigate SNAFU; Fox News Ignores its "yellow journalism"

There is no other way to say it, so I will just say it. CNN exhibited an awful degree of unprofessionalism that verged on Fox News like "yellow journalism" as they jumped the ACA oral pause of Chief Justice Roberts.  The pause came immediately after he stated that the commerce clause does not provide sanctuary for the ACA, but........  Roberts followed the lexicon pause with an explanation of how the ACA Mandate was constitutional as he considered the tax implications of not securing coverage in accordance with the law.  CNN, Fox News and the usually credible NPR "bolted" to report the striking of the mandate, but each carried to their mics and cameras nothing more than severe misinformation.


Eight minutes after the scheduled ACA decision announcement time of 10:00AM, CNN was on camera reporting the mandate had been stricken. (Note digital time image on screen in the video below).  Wolf Blitzer delivers the "Breaking News" (a tired and well worn news media trick) by throwing the report to a reporter, Kate Baldwin, stationed outside the Court Building. The reporter states the statement for Chief Justice Roberts was ongoing, makes the horribly erroneous report, and tells Blitzer she will jump back on this phone" for more information. The shoddy reporting took place within 29 seconds of CNN's declaration of "Breaking News".

LINKED due to viewing availability from thew video source

It is simply impossible for me to twist my mind to free myself of thoughts CNN was pre-set to announce a stricken mandate.  CNN has many fully competent electronic media professionals on-air and in production roles. Surely the there had to be at least one seasoned professional who could have stopped the presses for some degree of verification.  CNN has clealry illustrated the reason so many viewers left the networks viewership in March of this year (50 percent down).  The Number 3 network (out of three) appears so desperate for credibility, the network stepped off the precipice of an abyss of journalistic shallowness. They literally cloned the model of Fox News.  As I speak of Fox News, let's take a look on that side of the remote.  First a word or two form POLITICO about the shoddy reporting.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Yellow Journalism, Murdoch and Ghosts of The Past

Situation -At-A-Glance

Fox News developing horrors related to 'yellow journalism' tactics at the News Corp.  News of the World organization in England. I posit the horrors in England are indicative of a News Corp. business model based on social and political re-engineering,  unethical and immoral behavior, and outright manipulation of information.  News of the World is clearly a newspaper. It directly fits the classic definition of 'yellow journalism'. New Corp. also owns and operates thousands of electronic media outlets, and I suggest that there should be a phrase that depicts 'electronic yellow  journalism".  Each Green link below navigates to information relevant to this article and the horrors at News Corp.

Yellow journalism, in short, is biased opinion masquerading as objective fact. Moreover, the practice of yellow journalism involved sensationalism, distorted stories, and misleading images for the sole purpose of boosting newspaper sales and exciting public opinion.
ThinkQuest (Exert )
.......It all started, some historians believe, with the onset of the rapid industrialization that was happening all around the world. The Industrial Revolution eventually affected the newspaper industry, allowing newspapers access to machines that could easily print thousands of papers in a single night. This is believed to have brought into play one of the most important characteristics of yellow journalism - the endless drive for circulation. And unfortunately, the publisher's greed was very often put before ethics.   LINKED
Yellow journalism or the yellow press is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension "Yellow Journalism" is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.   LINKED
The following is a WIKI example of clear 'yellow journalism' from  the pre-20th Century Hearst organization.  I believe that we can assume that this is a non-factual artist depiction of a fabricated story or incident.

Male Spanish officials strip search an American woman tourist in Cuba looking for messages from rebels; front page "yellow journalism" from Hearst (Artist: Frederic Remington)

"Pulitzer and Hearst are often adduced as the cause of the United States' entry into the Spanish-American War due to sensationalist stories or exaggerations of the terrible conditions in Cuba."

While the phrase 'yellow journalism' applies to Industrial Revolution American Newspapers (Hearts and Pulitzer Families predominately), 'sensational, less than factual, and titillating news thrives in Ruppert Murdoch television new media.

ThinkQuest (Exert Linked Above)
.......It all started, some historians believe, with the onset of the rapid industrialization that was happening all around the world. The Industrial Revolution eventually affected the newspaper industry, allowing newspapers access to machines that could easily print thousands of papers in a single night. This is believed to have brought into play one of the most important characteristics of yellow journalism - the endless drive for circulation. And unfortunately, the publisher's greed was very often put before ethics.

As the nation moved throughout the 20th Century 'yellow journalism' was considered taboo and major organizations practiced 'hands-off' regrading its (yellow journalism's) diabolical tenets.  News flourished with an air of professionalism, ethics and integrity;our news was given to us via newspapers. Citizens of every city in the nation had access to at least one newspaper. In metropolitan areas newspapers competition for subscriber-ship  was often influenced by political affiliation. (leaning LEFT or leaning RIGHT)  The politics of the news was obvious but it was generally healthy competition. Towards the middle of the 20th Century the world (via the Untied States) experienced the advent of the television set.

The television set, an invention that completely overhauled our lives, revolutionized the dissemination of  information while providing addictive multi-sensory entertainment; thus becoming the viewer preferred media.  During the 1950's television news 'took' all on-air markets from the nation's radio broadcasts (and radio news programming). Television news was very professionally gathered and delivered to audiences across the world.

As television became the desired media for news dissemination, business savvy millionaires entered the market comparable Microsoft and a wealth of other software and hardware developers followed Steven Jobs and Steven 'WOZ'  Wozniak's invention of the personal computing device. Ted Turner was the first to deploy the 24/7 news model with his introduction of CNN and associated media.  It did not take very long for powerful people to recognize the enormous information potential of television news networks.  Furthermore news markets and the news industry was growing exponentially. 

All was well in the television news. The industry changed drastically with Ruppert Murdoch's entry into the industry.  While Murdoch owns newspapers and television networks across the world, his most visible and 'manipulation-propaganda ready' prize is the FOX News Network.

Murdoch's news apparatus in England, News of the World, has exposed with glaring detail the extent of unethical, immoral, and darn near criminal behavior News Corp. operations can and well deploy.  The ultimate concern from my perspective is why would a Murdoch operation work to hack the cell phones of victims of the terrorist bombing attacks in England.  why hack the cell phones of soldier who died in support of their nation? What is the value of such prying and snooping? As the following link will illustrate, the hacking led to a heart stopping horror as one of the bombing victims parents thought she was still alive well after the bombing; she , in fact, was deceased.
Murdoch has cut his losses by shutting down the aged 165 year plus organization.  I believe that Murdoch has owned the operation since the late 1960s.  A sidelight tragedy, the media outlet may once have operated as a very professional entity and may have been respected in the community. 
Well, we know how things work at one news network in the United States.   
The RIGHT-Wing Public Relations and Entertainment Network: FOX News. 

 Yellow Journalism
A few illustrations of the unethical, immoral and sleazy business of FOX News and the Roger Ailes propagandist news model. 
 A true representation of Murdoch's prize television news network.

Factual Depictions of Fabricated News

Super Bowl of Freedom Anti-Health Care Rally

Actual video of the network subterfuge and right-Wing marketing.  Is it possible to imagine the gall of allowing the ding-bat Bachmann to openly profess and claim success based on Hannity's show promotion.

Hannity and the leading 2012 Presidential candidate opening discuss the rally while the network splices fake video. Note that Bachmann readily admits via feeding Hannity's ego that his show was the catalysts behind the alleged turnout.  Real news outlets do not serve as PR for political events.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook

FOX News covers GOP CPAC Conference and reports on Straw Poll Results

Start-by watching the first 20 seconds of this video, paying attention to the audience's reaction. Please do not subject yourself to 8 plus minutes of FOX News propaganda and the 'rambles' of Ron Paul.  Just the first 20 seconds please.

Now watch this segment........

FOX Deceives, Swaps CPAC Straw Poll Footage (FOX NEWS CAUGHT

Fox used footage of Ron Paul being booed in 2010 to make it look like he was booed again this year, during the 2011 announcement of his winning the CPAC Straw Poll!

Tea Party Rally: FOX News Production

The Fox News segment as it aired

CNN Commentator reveals 'yellow journalism'. Manufacturing a story or exaggerating the impact of a news story has to be against the common accepted standards of professionalism and decency in journalism.

One last illustration... Only view the first 2:00 minutes of this video , if you wish.
AHH, for the CNN days of Rick Sanchez.  You are missed but you have to admit that you became your own worse enemy. 

Obama Socialist
Anyone remember this one?

Fox News executive admits his attempt to link Obama to socialism was a lie   (LINKED)

The wealthy powerful have always ruled on Earth.  Unfortunately, being wealthy affords one opportunity to impose her/his will on the vast majority of people who live on Earth. We as human beings have accepted that reality just as the vast majority of non-human animals accepted the reality of the powerful among them.

Salient Point?  Will people ever recognize the 'yellow journalism' of FOX News and recognize the dangers inherent in their obvious full support for the nations RIGHT-WING.  Yes, of course, MSNBC, for the most part an obvious supporter of the nation's LEFT-WING.  But there is a major distinction, MSNBC does not actively nor financially support LEFT Wing events. The network most assuredly avoids outright promotion of LEFT-WING events. (Unless you consider their support for Free Health Clinics political vs helping the needy). MSNBC also employs people who are not avowed LEFT-WINGers. FOX News, I believe, employs no one who even remotely appears as LEFT-WING (both fiscal and social). No, Juan Williams is not a counter example! Oh, Geraldo has to openly tread carefully on his LEFT leaning inclinations.

How long will the wealth and power of Ruppert Murdoch (an Australian) have success in his US media that are considered news operations by some? Has segments of the US populace gone completely 'bat-brain' crazy to follow what is well documented as a modern day examples of 'yellow journalism'?

Allow me to repost a definition of yellow journalism from above...

Yellow journalism, in short, is biased opinion masquerading as objective fact. Moreover, the practice of yellow journalism involved sensationalism, distorted stories, and misleading images for the sole purpose of boosting newspaper sales and exciting public opinion.

Hopefully the  Murdoch Fox News operation will one day fizzle to below the current ratings of CNN. The demise will only occur once the RIGHT is completely exposed (AGAIN) for their lack of interest in improving the lives of people who are less fortunate as opposed to their clear and present support for their wealthy constituents (both personal and business). 

Be aware of the dangers of 'yellow journalism' and the danger of using such methodology as a business model.
During the very same period that a managing editor at the England based News of the World has been arrested, we are witnessing and outright attack on the Daily Show's Jon Stewart and MediaMatters.  The critical issue is the basic business model of News Corp. organization.

That very critical issue falls deep into the realm of 'yellow journalism'. AAAAH, earlier I mentioned titillation. Seth Meters was the comedic contributor to the 2011 (media) Correspondents Dinner at the White House.  IT should be of no surprise that Meyers included a Fox focused 'slam' related to blondes on the network. I do not feel that Meyers was in any way using sexism or bigotry to make a point, he was clearly referencing how FOX News, and increasingly CNN, is using wide camera shots to exploit the legginess of their many female commentators: titillation.

The old axiom comes to mind.  "If you wallow in a pig pen, the pig will love it. He loves the pen and he loves your wallowing in his lair; you my friend will simply stink.

I am smelling News Corp. and do not like the smell.

SIDE BAR: I used the word constituents  above and used it in a sentence related to people and companies. Isn't it horrible that one has to consider big business a political 'constituent'.  The SCOTUS of the United States of America via 'Citizens United' extended constitutional free speech protection to US companies.   And, granted and defined free speech as cloaked opportunity to denote to political unlimited commercial sponsorship of candidates for office.

Update: July 9, 2011 (A wonderful day)

James Murdoch Could Face Criminal Charges In Phone Hacking Scandal

James Murdoch
The Huffington Post  Jack Mirkinson  First Posted: 7/9/11 08:23 AM ET Updated: 7/9/11 10:54 AM ET
As if things couldn't get any worse for the Murdoch empire, new reports are emerging that James Murdoch--the head of News Corp's international holdings, and, until recently, the seeming heir apparent to father Rupert Murdoch--could face criminal charges in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Murdoch has admitted that he authorized out-of-court settlements to victims of phone hacking during his time as head of News International, the British division of News Corp--and that the company misled Parliament repeatedly. Murdoch said that he did these things without "full possession of the facts."

The Guardian reports that this admission--and reported payments to British police officers--may render Murdoch criminally liable under both British and American legislation:
The payments could leave News Corp - and possibly James Murdoch himself - facing the possibility of prosecution in the US under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - legislation designed to stamp out bad corporate behaviour that carries severe penalties for anyone found guilty of breaching it - and in the UK under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 which outlaws the interception of communications.
Section 79 of the so-called RIPA act covers "the criminal liability of directors." Speaking to the BBC, Alan Johnson, the former British Home Secretary who was responsible for the UK's criminal justice system, said he thinks Murdoch could be prosecuted under the act.

Since News Corp. is technically an American company, Murdoch could also be prosecuted under the FCPA, since the legislation, in the Justice Department's words, "was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business."

FCPA expert Mike Koehler told the Guardian he would be "very surprised" if U.S. authorities did not get involved.

NO ADDITIONAL COMMENT...Just this:  *<:-)  (smiling with party hat)