No Hens in the Fox House
Vol: 75 Issue: 26 Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Two weeks ago, the FCC approved a highly controversial proposal to change FCC ownership rules to allow broadcasters in the nation’s twenty largest media markets to also own newspapers.
The Chicago-based Tribune Company, for example, owns both the superstation, WGN, and the Chicago Tribune, that city’s main newspaper of record.
(That is in addition to the Los Angeles Times and newspapers in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida.)
For the moment, let’s limit ourselves to Chicago and see how it works.
Suppose, for a moment, there was a big-shot politician who was best friends with the Top Guy at the Tribune Company — or somebody in a position to do big things for, say, Chicago.
The Top Guy lets it be known that he likes Politician So-and-So, and “Bingo!” our politician gets endorsed by half the newspapers in the country. (Based on what is good for just one Top Media Guy or one region.)
Big Media pleaded for changes to the FCC rules, claiming that, thanks to the internet, without allowing greater consolidation, traditional media is on the verge of needing a government bail-out to survive.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin defended the FCC decision, writing in a NYTimes Op-Ed piece:
In many towns and cities, the newspaper is an endangered species. … If we don t act to improve the health of the newspaper industry, we will see newspapers wither and die.
That is a straw-man argument. The internet didn’t cut into the traditional media market, it expanded it exponentially.
Traditional newspapers are primarily ad-supported — the newsstand cost of a paper is about equal to the cost of printing and distributing it. The profit comes from advertising.
And ad revenue is determined by circulation. The greater the circulation, the more a newspaper can charge for an ad.
Thanks to the internet, the latest Chicago Tribune is not only available in Chicago, it is available in Tokyo. The Trib never had it so good.
But we aren’t talking about just the Tribune Company. Ownership of the mainstream media is already concentrated in the hands of just a few executives in a few corporate boardrooms.
Viacom, a media conglomerate controlled by Sumner Redstone, owns CBS, UPN, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime,Sundance Channel, VH-1, King World Productions, Infinity Broadcasting and Comedy Central.
Redstone also controls book publishers Simon & Schuster, Scribner’s and MacMillan, a chain of newspapers and magazines and five theme parks.
GE owns NBC’s media empire, Disney owns ABC, and pretty much everything you see that wasn’t filtered through those boardrooms were filtered through boards at AOL/TIME/Warner/CNN.
Or Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The Founding Fathers ensured the government could not control the media to prevent the media from becoming an arm of government propaganda.
But where there is a will, there’s a way. Nobody can control thousands of independent newspaper publishers, but controlling the handful of men who control the media is a much simpler task.
Take the former ‘upstart’ Fox News Channel, for example.
For the Christmas edition of ‘Special Report with Brit Hume” was a puff piece about some Saudi sheik and his clan that love America.
(They must love America, because the sheik said so at least six times in the story.)
However, cautions Fox, Saudi love for America is ‘strained’ because of US support for Israel.
And many Saudis, the piece informs us, resent the implication that just because the majority of 9/11 hijackers were Saudi, Saudis don’t feel comfortable in America.
(Although the sheik, Fox reminds us, still sends HIS sons to America for their higher education.)
Wait a second? Is this the Fox News that was catapulted to the Number One spot in cable news after its ‘take-no-prisoners’ coverage of 9/11?
The same Fox News that demanded an investigation into US-Saudi ties, whose anchors prominently wore US flag lapel pins and who produced documentaries warning of the dangers of Saudi-inspired jihadist fundamentalist Islam?
Thanks to Fox News’ uncompromisingly pro-American stand, their tag line, “Fair and Balanced” has a ring of authenticity to its American audience. Particularly among American conservatives.
So why the pro-Saudi puff piece — and why on Christmas Day, for heaven’s sake? CNN maybe, but Fox News?
Fox has been quietly shifting its programming in recent months — one doesn’t see Stephen Schwartz discussing Islamofacism on Fox News anymore.
Or Steve Emerson discussing the rising tide of Islamic jihadism in Western culture.
Or Daniel Pipes explaining the nuances of deception and its role in Islamic culture.
The programming shift came at the same time that Saudi Prince Alwaled bin Talal bought a major bloc of voting stock in News Corp, which is the parent company of Fox News.
Saudi Prince Alwaled bin Talal already bought a 3% share in NewsCorp in 2005 — and he upped it last month to almost six percent. With that purchase, he became NewsCorp’s second largest-shareholder.
But does his ownership stake in Fox really affect how Fox covers the news?
Well. . . . you tell me.
During the Paris riots in 2005, the Fox News crawl below the story at first labeled it the “Muslim riots.” A WND report the time explained what Prince Alwaled bin Talal did when he saw the Fox News report:
“I picked up the phone and called Murdoch … [and told him] these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty, WND quoted al-Walid as saying.
And his phone call got fast results; Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.
The year after the 9/11 attacks, the same Prince bin Talal donated $27 million to a Saudi telethon raising money for the families of suicide bombers.
He is a major donor to the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR) donating a half-million dollars to be used towards the distribution and propagation of a set of Islamist books for American libraries.
The set included Jamal Badawi s Gender Equity in Islam, which sanctions the beating of women by their husbands, and a version of the Quran, Abdullah Yusuf Ali s “The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN”.
(That book has even been banned by the Los Angeles school system!)
Since Prince bin-Talal’s acquisition of NewsCorp, when Fox News needs an expert to explain the nuances of religion, Islamic or otherwise, it brings in somebody from the ostensibly ‘non-sectarian’ website, Beliefnet.
(The editor of Beliefnet-Islam is Dilshad Ali. Besides being affiliated with Beliefnet, Ali is also a correspondent for Islam Online.)
According to the Bible, in the last days, the antichrist will control everything we see, hear and do. He orders the death of the two Witnesses to be broadcast globally;
“And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half.” (Revelation 11:9)
The doctrine of the False Prophet reaches into every home. “[P]ower was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. . .” (Revelation 13:7)
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
In 1950, some 1,300 American newspapers — almost all of them — were independently and locally owned and operated.
Prior to this month’s FCC ruling, that number was already down fewer than 300.
In the end, there will only be five major media outlets remaining.
Of them, four are already controlled by anti-American internationalists and the US Far Left.
And one by terrorist-supporting Prince Alwaled bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
I pray each of you had a Merry Christmas with family and friends. Our big family Christmas gathering is today. (I can hardly wait!)
May our God richly bless each of you throughout this Christmas Week, and into the coming New Year.
It is sure promising to be an interesting one!