Pontificator: News and Commentary

Thursday, May 08, 2003 :::
Fox News to be Kicked Off British TV?

Britain's FCC-equivalent is investigating Fox News for "lack of impartiality," and, apparently, might kick Fox off the air!

In 1999 the ITC revoked the licence of Med TV, a channel aimed at the Kurdish diaspora, for failing to conform to the impartiality rules.

Julian Petley, chairman of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, called on the ITC to act against Fox News: "I'm not in favour of censorship, but Murdoch would like to do with British television news what he has done with newspapers, which is to force people to compete on his own terms.

"So if we allow into Britain the kind of journalism represented by Fox, that would bring about a form of censorship ."

Now I'm certainly not in favor of a government deciding what news should and shouldn't be on TV based on the content of that news. Such action constitutes government censorship of the worst type. Nevertheless, I'm overjoyed at the prospect of England kicking sand in Fox's "fair and balanced" face. They're not fair, they're not balanced, and, if England bans them, everyone will know it.

::: posted by Pontificator at 12:49 PM

Wednesday, May 07, 2003 :::
Even the German are saying. . .

that the U.S.A. is turning into a police state.

::: posted by Pontificator at 4:24 PM

Royal Flush

Fox News just introduced a new set of playing cards.

::: posted by Pontificator at 2:55 PM


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