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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bush acolytes stone Ted Turner to death for speaking the truth

posted by Jazz at 1/26/2005 09:29:00 AM

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Ok... not literally. But from the rabid reactions, you can bet they would like to. Apparently, speaking at a meeting of the National Association for Television Programming Executives, Ted made some comments that got some of the Bushies a bit flustered. Whatever could he have said to get them in such a stir?
"While Fox may be the largest news network, it's not the best. The network is the propaganda tool for the Bush Administration. There's nothing wrong with that. It's certainly legal. But it does pose problems for our democracy. Particularly when the news is dumbed down, leaving voters without critical information on politics and world events and overloaded with fluff."
Hrmmm... sounds like a fairly spot on analysis to me. Well, ok. He did compare them to Hitler, which is getting kind of tired and worn out. But still... what could have gotten Fox so upset about some old rich guy simply speaking the truth?
"Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network, and now his mind," said a Fox News spokesperson. "We wish him well."
Ah. Speaking of bitter, I suppose the Faux News folks really don't like when "secrets in the open" are spoken about in public.

Rantingprofs wonders, along with us, if there is anyone left, even at Fox, who doesn't see that network as an adjunct office of the Bush administration. (And if you got them drunk, would they admit it then?)

The reaction from the right was mostly typical and predictable.

Art "everything's just fine in Iraq so stop asking" Chrenkoff apparently thinks that Fox is just fine, fair and balanced, and it's Turner who's insane.

Even Betsy Newmark says Turner is "sounding more demented" without commenting on whether or not Faux "News" has a clear bias in favor of Bush and the GOP.