Friday, January 29, 2010

GDP, Economic Growth is just Noise on Fox

I thought I’d point out the stark difference in headlines regarding today’s news about GDP growth.

Most people would agree that economic statistics are not a complete reflection of the economy, especially because most are lagging indicators. However, they are the best window into how we are doing as a country, and in general, data is data, and should be absent of political spin.

So when there is good news, like GDP growth, it would seem logical that most news organization would highlight that information for what it is, a data point that the economy might be coming from it’s lows.

But, knowing that Fox noise is not a real news organization, I wanted to see how their headline on their front page would differ than say, the rest of the reputable news media world. Here is what I found:

MSNBC Economy soars at fastest rate in six years
CNN Economy growing again
ABCNews Coming Back? Economy Grows at 5.7% Pace
NYTimes U.S. Economy Grew at Fastest Pace in 6 Years Last Quarter
NPR Economy Grows At Fastest Pace In 6 Years
WSJ U.S. GDP Expands At 5.7% Rate

Finally, I painfully typed the URL for Fox’s front page…

FoxNews Economy Grows, But...

What’s so stark about the headlines is the fact that Fox refused to let the data speak for itself, and felt the need to editorially put a cloud over the headline. One can only assume the reason was to take away whatever positive effect this seemingly a-political data might have on the administration – after all, if the economy was showing signs of recovery, wouldn’t that mean that the stimulus bill, and the decision to continue the bailouts was actually working? God forbid Fox would give the current administration that type of even factual acknowledgement, even in a headline.

It’s like Fox news is the head cheerleader who hates the new girl, and despite the team winning the state qualifying competition, decides to put a gloom over the whole win by criticizing the new girl’s ponytail. “Nice ‘Bow and Arrow’ sweetie, but your hair was like, totally off center.”

If the analogy seems a bit juvenile, it’s meant to. The regular pettiness and purposeful misinformation that comes out of the Fox noise channel and web site is completely childish on a normal basis, and down right bitchy on others, on par with feuding “mean girls” spreading false rumors and planning diabolical schemes simply to gain popularity over each other. Take Fox’s coverage of the Scott Brown win – Jon Stuart of The Daily Show best described the childish giddiness by which they covered that event:

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I know this is an exercise in the obvious, but I think it’s important we continuously document and expose Fox Noise for what it is – not a real news network.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reading the Pictures: <i>Stop Anderson, CNN. Just STOP.</i>

Mr. Shaw: While I understand your reasoning, I disagree that CNN & Anderson Cooper are simply exploiting the Haitian people. I've been watching CNN and other networks and how they cover this tragedy and I believe CNN is doing a decent job of documenting the realities of this event. American media typically sanitize pictures and block gory images of death, unlike much of the international press. This gives Americans a false sense of what is going on, and the true pain of the people. I encourage CNN and the other networks to show more of the devastation and suffering, so that the world cannot ignore what's happening. When you can't see the truth, it's easier to think it's not real, or overstated, and therefore easier to do nothing. Only showing the truth through honest imagery will compel people to help. Sometimes that means showing images that makes people uncomfortable. That is a good thing. The world is a dark, painful place. To ignore this is to live in a cocoon of ones own ignorance. My hearts and prayers are with the Haitian people, and more importantly, I will be adding whatever I can to help with aid. In the end, it's not about CNN, Anderson Cooper, or even you, Mr. Shaw. It's about what moves the people to act.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost