By Eyad Jamaleddine,
Exclusive to Ya Libnan
The average individual relies on the evening news to report current events that are of importance to the viewers. Having said the latter, it is important to go beyond that and admit that most of us form our world views and political opinions through popular media.
A logical extrapolation of the preceding would render one to believe that if popular media was owned by a private enterprise with close political affiliations, it could undermine the un-biasness of the news reported. Unfortunately, many media outlets have proprietary owners which not only have political affiliations but more importantly do not hesitate to flaunt their beliefs and opinions on the evening news. For the sake of argument, and I hope I am not prosecuted for the following, consider Rupert Murdoch, the 109th richest man in the world, worth around 8.3 Billion dollars (declared), and as stated on Wikipedia, the “major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation (News Corp)”.
Not only is this man fitly rich, he is also one the most influential members of the American Republican Party. You might be thinking, “so what, that doesn’t mean his rightist Neo-Conservative propaganda hampers the un-biasness of his media organizations”. Let me put it this way, the man owns Fox News. Need I say more? For our readers who have not had the pleasure, or the misfortune, of watching Fox News, they are the masters of misinformation. They constantly mislead the American public on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, links between Saddam and Al-Qaeda, they propagate islamophobia, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly single handily brainwashed the majority of Americans into believe that patriotism meant supporting the war, and I quote “Shutting up” if we did not agree with the Bush administration policy of bombing Iraq, killing over a million civilians, sacrificing the lives of 4000 plus American soldiers, maiming millions of Iraqis and creating the largest refugee crisis in the ME since Israel’s creation.
I think it is fair to say that this man has lead a war on journalism that is beyond genocidal. Fox averages a mammoth 3.3 million viewers daily and is the leading news outlet in the US. Now comes the question: As a Lebanese, an Arab, a conscious soul of this world, how does this affect me? Well, considering the incredible reach of this particular station, let alone the others owned by Murdoch and friends, this has a devastating effect on the Arabs living around the world.
We are labeled terrorists, extremists, anti-Semites and un-patriotic to any country we immigrate to in the Western or European world. Fox News even has an equivalent in Europe called Sky News which propagates the same messages of hate as the bias, uneven and simply outrageous reporting of Fox News. The point of this article is not to bash Rupert Murdoch, or the viewers of his propagandist corporation, the objective is to cultivate the notion in common individual that there are powers behind the scene that are at work against reporting the truth.
This is a plea for all seekers of truth to voice our concern about this takeover of media. Hasn’t anyone noticed that protests across the world have diminished; during the Vietnam War every major University had thousands of partisans protesting the occupation and killings, what happened to the 21st century being one of liberation and solutions, the will of the younger generations has been diluted out? One doesn’t hear from the young anymore but their materialistic beliefs and views. Isn’t it time for change? As the Outfoxed documentary puts it, our future has been sabotaged by these savage media Gurus, we are more preoccupied with Britney Spear’s next public embarrassment then environmental or political causes that will shape our future.
Tags: Fox News, Iraq, Israel, media, Propaganda, Rupert Murdoch, September 11