The latest outrage by Fox News Channel, besmirching the reputation of Shirley Sherrod, an Agriculture Department employee, as a racist, should be the last straw for anyone who believes in fairness, justice, and objectivity in news reporting!
Fox News Channel IS NOT a news channel; it is a propaganda organ; entertainment for the ignorant, the bigots, the hate mongers, and the liars; and the advocate of the extreme right wing, which wants to destroy anything that advances the lives of a vast majority of Americans of all races, nationalities, religions, and classes!
The Obama Administration has always been sensitive toward accusations that it is favoring people of the President’s own racial heritage; it has always been defensive toward its critics, instead of being defiant and combative!
It is time to change course, and to declare “war” on Fox News Channel! The administration should refuse to answer any questions or agree to any interviews with anyone connected with Fox News Channel! It is not a requirement that the government must agree to speak to all journalists and channels! Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and other administration officials should accept no questions from Fox, and ignore all attacks, rather than give them credence!
It should be considered a privilege for anyone to ask questions or gain interviews, and a standard of honesty and decency and accuracy must be expected, or face a boycott!
Such a boycott will gain critics, and cause some people to be angry with the administration, but there is no way to do anything about that, so the administration should not worry about the reaction! As it is, every administration has problems with the media, but Obama needs to make clear that he will not tolerate dealing with a media source that has no purpose, other than evil doing!
If it causes negative reaction, so be it, and if it affects the next election in 2012, so be it, as there is no guarantee that anyone can have that anyone, by any action, will guarantee a victory or a defeat in a future political race!
If it is fine that right wing Tea Party people, such as Sharron Angle and Rand Paul, refuse to talk to mainstream media, then it is fine for the administration to refuse to grant interviews to or answer questions of right wing media that has no purpose, except ill intent; to destroy, to divide, to stir up hate and slander!
Freedom of the press requires the right of people to question, but not of those in power to answer scurrilous charges! Nothing should be done to legitimize Fox News Channel as a reliable source of news and information as it is anything but that!
Those who work for Fox News Channel, who in their hearts and conscience, know that their station is doing a disservice to the field of journalism, should be courageous enough to resign their positions on principle, as working for that station besmirches their own reputations! It would be a mark of honor if these people, and they know who they are, showed decency and principle, rather than simply act as lackeys in order to keep their salaries! It would be a service to the quality and principles of the great profession of journalism in America!