Poor poor FOX.

Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Network
Any news organization that doesn’t support our position on copyright is crazy. Next week, we could take a month’s worth of video from CNN International and do a documentary “Why does CNN hate America?” You wouldn’t even have to do the hatchet job Outfoxed was. You damn well could run it without editing. CNN International, Al-Jazeera and BBC are the same in how they report-mostly that America is wrong and bad. Everybody should stand up and say these people don’t have the right to take our product anymore. They don’t have a right to take a year’s worth of Dan Rather or Ted Koppel and edit it any way they want. It puts journalism at risk.
If someone thinks CNN or Al-Jazeera is doing a bad job, they should say it. Using clips of news programming to criticize a network is totally game I think. Although news has become entertainment, I don't think it should be controlled in the same way that creative content should be. I think that fair use should be applied liberally. The press and the news media should encourage critical debate. I think that a network that has a monopoly on millions of eyeballs should be fair game for documentaries like Outfoxed.

Via Lessig

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I think that a network that has a monopoly on millions of eyeballs should be fair game for documentaries like Outfoxed.
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This is certainly a usage of "monopoly" I've never seen before...

What I meant to say was that many people ONLY watch FOX. FOX monopolizes the eyeballs of their viewers and shape their opinions very strongly. I'd say they probably have millions of eyeballs... but you're right. I could have chosen another word.

My point is that a big national TV network has much more "coverage" than a person and should be able to take this kind of criticism.

In general I agree with you Joi, but the fact that a CNN Editor admitted to ignoring stories of abuse for the sake of staying active in Iraq and it got little media play tells a whole lot to me.

The Bush administration has used a lot of forms of punishment to force media organizations to conform. Limiting access to the president and senior staff is the easiest way to make sure that they do their bidding. Fox has always be a willing accessory in this game. Now bloggers are in a position to push back from the other direction so people like Roger Ailes are uncomfortable. Being pushed around by the president is one thing, but being pushed around by bloggers is unbearable to the Fox people. The media are not used to being held to a higher standard so I think you can expect to see a lot of negative press about the accuracy of blogs, etc.

Pure comedy, a bloke from CNN talking about being the subject of a hatchet job. Oh deary me.

Let's face it, 99% of "news" these day's has some kind of bias. That's what happens when big money's made out of it.

False dichotomy. News has always had bias. That's what happens when humans are involved.
I'd encourage Mr. Ailes to do the job on CNN. It would be fun to watch, perhaps as a double-header with Outfoxed.

Regarding fair use, isn't part of Outfoxed based on clips that were never aired, taken from satellite feeds? If this is the case, Fox may have a point in complaining. I wouldn't want unedited notes to myself published either.

If editing content by a media source to display a person's point of view puts "journalism at risk", is it fair to say that the media's editing of tape showing the world from their POV, in fact, puts the world at risk?

"If someone thinks CNN or Al-Jazeera is doing a bad job, they should say it."

They did say it. The Fox News Channel was founded for precisely that reason. Boo is right, it's pretty much impossible for news to be "objective," especially in this day and age. The best you can do is choose which perspective you'd rather hear. And Fox's tagline was originally intended as a tongue-in-cheek jab at other stations like MSNBC, which obviously have no bias whatsoever.

I'd love to see that kind of tapes for CNNs coverage of Iraq and the last 10 years, oh wait that's right it was an editorial decision to cooperate with the reigme to stay involved with the story so we would have nothing to see.

News has always had bias. That's what happens when humans are involved.

You're right Boo. After all, subjectivity can hardly be extracted from a medium whose currency is words and images. Would you suggest that because of its inherent subjectivity,
there can be no such thing as abuse of the establishment's power?

Subjectivity is the lifeblood of media. Sometimes that subjectivity leads to literature and art. Other times, it will lead to varying degress of propaganda. I doubt you would resign yourself to tolerate lies, yellow journalism, and sociological engineering simply because humans are involved.

Wow! Fox News must be really effective to warrant a flame movie and legislation aimed at punishing them for being "unfair". Sadly it seems Democrats and liberals are becoming the very narrow minded censors they've accused conservatives of being for years.

"Be careful or you'll become what you hate."

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