Media Ethics and the 2008 U.S. Elections

January 10, 2008 | Filed Under Elections 

Frank Luntz is doing his best to try and influence the elections.

He led his special “focus group” that he uses on Fox to talk about candidates and help steer public opinion. I think it is a bad habit for our media to start engaging in telling citizens how they should vote. The victor of tonights debate according to Frank Luntz and his “focus group” was Fred Thompson. As his segment was cutting out, he made sure that the audience ‘collectively’ aided him in slandering one candidate in particular. I’ll give you one guess as to the name of that candidate that got smeared by Fox News.

Fox News “Focus Group” — insult to the intelligence of American voters

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The bias is disturbing, but this shameless attempt to manipulate American voters is a serious problem. The power of journalism and the media is corrupting our American politics and negatively impacting government. How long can we let them get away with this kind of behavior? Anyone have ideas on how we can expose this problem and/or stop these puppet masters from further tainting the public discourse?

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2 Responses to “Media Ethics and the 2008 U.S. Elections”

  1. james on January 10th, 2008 11:52 pm

    This almost makes me sick!!! It’s so damn transparent I can’t believe it. Jesus H, America, don’t let this continue!!!

  2. Marc Q on January 11th, 2008 1:50 am

    I am a Ron Paul supporter, and an employee of the film and television production industry (commercials mostly).
    Fox News has no moral obligation to deliver the truth any more than you or I do. They are not bound by any contract to be unbiased. They are responsible for delivering an audience to advertisers. People can simply turn off the channel if they don’t like it.
    In short, if you have a problem with Fox News, you need to get to the root of the problem, which is the major corporations who inject millions of dollars into the propaganda machine so the uneducated, sleepwalking audience will buy products that they probably don’t need. Why do you think Fiscal Conservatism is a far-fetched concept for these people? They subscribe, as most TV-watchers subscribe, to the religion of consumerism.
    Every channel on TV is filled with lies, some more than others, but the bullshit propaganda clearinghouse that is television is all based on lies one way or another. (you mean Reality TV Shows have writers? Why would they need those?)

    The shitty conclusion: There is a good chance that the Fox News focus groups actually do reflect the typical Fox News likely-to-vote-Republican viewer. Unsure, fearful, and too simple-minded to understand a word that comes out of Ron Paul’s mouth. To these people Ron Paul is nothing but a flapping head who can’t bring his voice below soprano. He speaks with conviction but not the “presidential” conviction that typical TV viewers have come to expect. Thank about how TV newscasters speak. They read from scripts and tele-prompters (Obama did this for his speeched both in Iowa and New Hampshire). This is what TV viewers believe to be the truth. This is why it is so important that candidates “look right in the camera” and “speak with confidence.” Now go listen to that focus group again. They don’t understand the issues, and as long as they keep watching TV they never will. A half hour of TV news presents the viewer with 8-12 news stories, 8-16 commercials, and absolutely no time to critically think about any of that information presented. This is commercial TV’s design. Serve up info, immediately followed by relevant or irrelevant info, followed by commercials, etc. Don’t get me started on the weather segment.

    Keep fighting. The message grows stronger every day. I stand firm beside Dr. Paul in his fight against the mainstream media. I welcome an awakening to the truth about what Television really is.
    My own industry and entire career may crumble because of this stance, but I believe that it is our duty as American Citizens to usher in a new human era of truth, freedom, and liberty.

    And besides, the mere thought of not having to hand-craft this week’s Subway sandwich meal deal over the course of six hours, stuffed with styrofoam, propped up, and coated with lacquer so it looks the way it does in the commercial, is FINE BY ME.

    I have sold my soul to these liars and am now willing to sacrifice it for the hope of this Country that by design did nothing but provide me with an amazing opportunity for life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and asked for nothing in return…at least until they started garnishing wages from my paychecks to pay for programs that don’t work.

    Current Fox News Channel sponsors.
    • ADOBE
    • AVAYA
    • AT & T
    • BMW
    • BAYER
    • BOEING
    • Burlington Coat Factory
    • CDW
    • Celebrity Cruises
    • Circuit City
    • Dannon
    • Direct TV
    • Dodge
    • Earthlink
    • Edward Jones Investments
    • Enova
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Hula Networks
    • Hyatt Gold
    • Infiniti
    • Jeep
    • Lending Tree
    • Lexus
    • Lincoln-Mercury [Ford]
    • Mercedes-Benz
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • Office Depot
    • Progressive Insurance
    • Splenda
    • Target
    • Travelocity
    • Walmart

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