Tuesday, November 07, 2017

British broadcast regulator OFCOM deals harsh blow to Murdoch empire, cites BIAS at Fox News and Fox & Friends ... by gimleteye

Cheery news to begin your Tuesday: the British broadcast regulator OXCOM sharply rebuked the Rupert Murdoch Fox News empire, specifically citing Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson for bias in programming.

The media regulator Ofcom has ruled that the Fox News programmes Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight breached impartiality rules covering British broadcasting.

The rulings relate to coverage of the Manchester Arena bombing in May and Donald Trump’s executive order in January that restricted travel to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Investors interpreted the rulings as a setback for the Murdoch family’s hopes of taking full control of Sky, sending shares in the satellite broadcaster down 1.7% on Monday.

21st Century Fox, which is controlled by the Murdochs and owns Fox News, is trying to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not own in an £11.7bn deal. The deal is being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards.

Why is this good news in the USA?

Because the point of view that our entire politics have been thrown into chaos by Fox needs validation. "Fair and balanced" makes a mockery of truth and fact.

Advertisers AND viewers should flee from Fox, whose attractions are based on exploiting human weaknesses, frailties, and appeals to ambulance-chasing, fear and division.

Fox will howl like a stuck pig. Just turn off Fox.

For readers with an attention span, try this from The Economist: "Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis."

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