Daily Archives: January 25, 2010

Fox Walks While Television Rocks

Fox News has a new slogan. It is “Heartless and Callous”. Is there any other way to describe the network’s dearth of coverage of the Haitian earthquake and its devastating aftermath? In short, one of the poorest nations on earth was struck by one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, resulting in a present death toll in excess of 100,000.00 and growing, coupled with one third of the nation’s population clinging to life and Fox News has remained largely silent. When compared to nearly every other network’s time allotted to coverage of the tragedy, Fox News consistently devoted less time to coverage.

The Fox News network’s indifference to the Haitian tragedy was never more conspicuous than on last Friday night. The cable news channel refused to air Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief. Instead, it broadcast its regular lineup of The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity. To add insult to injury, neither of those programs even devoted a segment to the Haitian disaster. Instead, Bill O’Reilly had segments on Sarah Palin’s body language while on Oprah, an interview with Glenn Beck about Glenn Beck and a segment on the deterioration of “far left media”. Sean Hannity’s program consisted of an interview with Karl Rove, Obama’s approval ratings with regard to health care reform and coverage of newly elected senator Scott Brown.

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief was a telethon which was broadcast worldwide to raise funds for Haitian victims through organizations including Oxfam America, Partners In health, UNICEF, the Red Cross, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. There were  segments by George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry. There were performances by Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Beyonce´, Madonna and U2’s Bono and The Edge.

The telethon was broadcast by the following media outlets:

MTV, ET, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International and national geographic.

Fox News‘ conspicuous absence from this lineup is indicative of its indifference to those in need and its single minded purpose of promoting an agenda solely dedicated to furthering the policies of the selfish far right. perhaps the network’s new slogan should be, “Fox News: Fairly Unbalanced”.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Let Em In song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe990JYsbNo&feature=related

LET FOX IN

(sung to the Paul McCartney and Wings song “Let ‘Em In”)

Someone’s sniveling on the tube
Somebody’s startin’ to yell
Someone’s sportin’ new boobs
Somebody reeks of hair gel

Do me a favor,
Change the channel and let Fox in
Ooh yeah

Someone’s not “fair and balanced”
Somebody’s missing brain cells
Someone’s psyche is imbalanced
Somebody’s wearing pastels

Do me a favor,
Change the channel and let Fox in
Yeah ,yeah, yeah, let Fox in

Neil Cavuto, O’Reilly
Glenn Beck and Hannity
Huckabee and Sarah Palin
Change the channel and let Fox in
Yeah

(musical interlude)

Neil Cavuto, O’Reilly
Glenn Beck and Hannity
Huckabee and Van Susteren
Change the channel and let Fox in
Oh,yeah

Someone’s talking to Newt Gingrich
Somebody’s starting to shout
Someone called Hillary a bitch
Somebody’s starting to pout

Do me a favor,
Change the channel and let Fox in
Ooh yeah ,yeah, let Fox in, let ‘em in now

Doo doo doo doo da doo doo
Doo doo doo da doo da

Neil Cavuto, O’Reilly
Glenn Beck and Hannity
Huckabee and Sarah Palin
Change the channel and let Fox in
Oh,yeah

Someone’s sniveling on the tube
Somebody’s startin’ to yell
Someone’s sportin’ new boobs
Somebody reeks of hair gel

Do me a favor,
Change the channel and let Fox in
Ooh yeah , yeah , yeah ,yeah ,yeah

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