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June 17, 2009

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Kathryn Jean Minneman

The other day I was watching CNN which, like most other channels, had President Obama speaking about the health insurance objectives. I knew the gist of his message, having watched everything I could watch and read to that point. So I got curious about how many other news channels were carrying his speech: They were MSNBC, the Canadian BBC, all local news channels. The ONLY exception was Fox News.

And what was so important that it demanded immediate attention and was more important than health care for Americans?? Naming the craters of the moon. No kidding. Up on my television screen was a picture of the moon and the commentator was babbling on about the different "new" craters being named by scientists. As I tried not to go into shock, I wondered when was the last time that I saw Fox News cover anything scientific. I have an admirable memory, but it failed me at this time. Fox eschews global warming, the endangering of disappearing species because of planet pollution, overpopulation, etc, etc. But they chose that moment to lock in on the craters of the moon.

A news program gains its reputation from the news it chooses to cover, and that which it does NOT cover. Fox News sees our president as a nonentity and does not see him as newsworthy. What goes around comes around.

This country badly needs to return to the Fairness Doctrine. When the Fairness Doctrine was considered useless by the conservatives, what they really meant was that they would decide what news we would receive. Now, with the internet, they can no longer control what we have access to. But we need the Fairness Doctrine to create an even playing field over the networks. They can still present their point of view--it will just require that they give the opposing side a chance to have their say.

Please tell the public about the moonscape episode. Boo to Fox.

Kathryn Jean Minneman
email: kallen0943@gmail.com

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