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Posted: 4/4/2006 9:50:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:00:19 PM EDT by Peak_Oil]
ETA: This is a hoax site, I was had, I didn't check before I posted. Nevertheless, here's the post as it was at first. I'm an idiot for posting it but this was what I saw at first.

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I don't know what to say, guys. Another sad chapter in the Bush trainwreck. Somebody please post something good GWB has done.

Here is the article, warts and all. Since Sharpton and other black people are quoted I'm sure somebody will start with the welfare queen or Democratic/leftist stuff, so I figured I'd just put the whole thing out there. IMO, the relevant points aren't what Sharpton or a "hip hop historian" have to say, but rather the memo that says in clear English that the media is manipulated by our current political administration.

This reminds me of how the USSR government manipulated the news in their nation a few years ago. If the administration is influencing the press, then how far is Viacom removed from Pravda? IMO, not that far.

link


FOXNEWS.COM
Bush Administration Media Collusion Memos Surface
Monday, April 3, 2006

WASHINGTON — In a disturbing turn of events for an administration already plagued by sagging poll numbers and waning support for the Iraq war, Friday's revelation that the Bush Administration issued direct guidelines for programming to media outlets is troubling even die-hard conservatives.

Late Friday a series of memos between senior Bush Administration officials and management at Viacom, Inc. were leaked calling for the media giant to focus on stories and programming choices that "reinforce the Administration's positions" and to "ignore and/or discredit points of view in opposition to the Bush Administration's foreign policy objectives for the purposes of National Security."

Democrats and key civil rights figures were quick to comment on this latest chapter of alleged government malfeasance. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer issued a statement calling for a congressional inquiry. "This is it. This is a smoking gun. For years we've been saying that liberal and moderate points of view aren't being accurately reflected in the media and this proves our point. The Bush Administration is clearly out of touch with the American people, and Viacom should be ashamed."

Other prominent figures were less forgiving. Rev. Al Sharpton called the memos "treasonous" and "genocidal" and reiterated his desire for impeachment proceedings to commence. "What we have here is a complete disregard for the law, for what is morally correct and for the will of the people. It's been no secret to anyone with a brain that the majority of programming that we are exposed to by certain companies is negative, but now it's out in the open. Look at BET. Look at the exclusion of voices that accurately represent communities of color. It's insidious."

Media companies have come under increasing fire as of late for their portrayal of minorities and for inaccuracies in reporting stories of interest to activist communities.

Most recently, estimates in the participation numbers of protesters at anti-immigration legislation rallies were hotly disputed.

The media's alleged embracing of artists and stories depicting people of color in a derogatory manner has become a hot-topic issue with media watchdog groups and prominent entertainment commentators alike.

Davey D, a San Francisco-based music writer and hip-hop historian, echoed the sentiment. "It's true, there is no balance in the media, especially in hip-hop, where the negativity is most prevalent. All we hear of on a commercial level is pimps, players and gangsters. That's not all us. What about the revolutionary voices? What about artists like The Coup? Like Public Enemy and Paris? They have a new album out together that speaks on exactly what's going on right now, but they don't get played on commercial radio. We've always argued that our voices are systematically suppressed. Well, here's the proof."

Not all agree, however. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist took a more defensive stance. "Of course it raises some concerns, but we can't let this issue be blown out of proportion. Of course there have to be media guidelines. Hell, if we want to plant I.D. chips in people and torture their loved ones until they break, we will. I know the idea of governmental control over what the media can or cannot say during wartime may be an uncomfortable topic for some to digest, but it is a necessary fact of life when our enemies are trying to kill us."

I can't believe he said this. How ridiculous. I would rather have a free press and a lack of ID chips and torture. Will somebody please explain how this man is supposed to be representing the interest of the American people? Holy shit.


Debra L. Lee, president and CEO of Viacom's Black Entertainment Television, agrees. "Even though our moniker is BET, our allegiance lies with our government and its directives, not the African-American community. Anyone who believes that we will endorse messages in contrast to our government's wishes, or that express dissent, is sorely mistaken."

What???? I'm just stunned.

Some entertainment industry insiders are becoming increasingly concerned, however. One longtime employee of Interscope Records, a leading record label and home to rap superstars 50 Cent and Eminem, stated recently under the condition of anonymity that the company "has a unique relationship with Viacom" and that it "deliberately focuses on marketing campaigns that depict black people in the worst possible light." When told of Rev. Sharpton's likening of the practice to 'genocide' on African-Americans, he agreed wholeheartedly, but expressed fears of reprisal should he publicly address his concerns.

"It's beyond national security. That was the reason given at first, but now they just tell us what we have to endorse, and what we have to avoid." He added, "these kids eat it up. They don't know the difference between what's real and what's fake."

An Interscope company spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

"We will get to the bottom of this," Sharpton continued, "and heads will roll. Now that their practices of propaganda are common knowledge even Americans with limited political awareness will demand change."
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:54:31 PM EDT
It would explain the overwhelmingly administration-serving tone of the news coming from the mainstream media towards the Bush Administration. Kudos to Fox News for daring to stand up to BushCo when no others would.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:56:15 PM EDT
Dude the fucking story is bogus. That is not FOXs website.

Click the link and check your status bar on the links on the page. All bogus.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:57:44 PM EDT
Also, anyone notice the queer URL of this story?

www.fox-news.us/story/0,3566,190215,00.html

Instead of the regular www.foxnews.com

This is a hoax

Why do they feel the need to fabriacate and create hoaxes to push their beliefs?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:58:49 PM EDT
Oh no...

OMG

OK, I'm a total idiot

Forget I said anything, ever.

Oh shit.

Well, you might as well tack this one up for the foreseeable future.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:59:02 PM EDT
Hey FUCKTARD:

www.foxnews.com

and

www.fox-news.us

are not the same fucking thing.

Here's what you get when you "view source" on your link.


<html><head><title>FOX-NEWS.US</title></head><frameset rows="100%", * border="0" frameborder="0"><frame src="http://www.guerrillafunk.com/story/0,3566,190215,00.html/story/0,3566,190215,00.html" name="FOX-NEWS.US"></frameset></html>



Go to he "guerrillafunk" page for a look at whose behind this.

Fucking troll.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 9:59:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:00:31 PM EDT by blacklisted]
Did you see the scrolling marquee at the top of the page?



...Yes, it's satire, but why did so many of you find it so...
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:01:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:01:50 PM EDT by Mauser101]
What is the differance between fox-news.us and foxnews.com? Apparently it's intent to decieve.

EDIT: Since it's all been called into the light, can we use the rest of this thread to advance the Peak_Ammo theory instead?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:02:02 PM EDT


Fake.


Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:02:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mauser101:
What is the differance between fox-news.us and foxnews.com? Apparently it's intent to decieve.



It's some stupid hoax site which will probably be shut down in a few days.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:06:45 PM EDT
Things is the liberal mind will see it as truth because in their minds it what they want to see.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:09:26 PM EDT
Dumbass.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:10:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 10:11:06 PM EDT by raven]
So ironic. It was set as a "trap" for the right-wing Kool-Aid drinkers, but who fell for it? Peak_Oil.

You may be wrong, my young apprentice. About a great. Many. Things.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:10:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Peak_Oil:
Oh no...

OMG

OK, I'm a total idiot

Forget I said anything, ever.

Oh shit.

Well, you might as well tack this one up for the foreseeable future.



Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:12:18 PM EDT
my system did some funny stuff too. Running AdAware, and virus scan...
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:12:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mauser101:
What is the differance between fox-news.us and foxnews.com? Apparently it's intent to decieve.



It's some stupid hoax site which will probably be shut down in a few days.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:12:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AROptics:

Originally Posted By Peak_Oil:
Oh no...

OMG

OK, I'm a total idiot

Forget I said anything, ever.

Oh shit.

Well, you might as well tack this one up for the foreseeable future.






Fuck it, why try to hide it?

Hellooooooo, I'm an idiot

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:20:17 PM EDT
We all make mistakes, but the cognitive dissonance generated by this story was so over the top....it was almost as bad as Democrats saying some companies shouldn't run some businesses because they're of a certain race. It's so out of character and over the top, you just have to stand back and take a second look. Are they serious? Even though this is completely out of character for them?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 10:42:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WildBoar:
Things is the Tinfoil mind will see it as truth because in their minds it what they want to see.




Clarified it for you.
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