FOXNEWS.com, which is owned by FOX, has become a haven for every hate
group in the United States. As I write this, I gaze to the left side of
my Screen and I am assaulted by the cyber equivalent of neon signs designed
to attract every lunatic bigot and racist. What follows are some of the
titles in the Middle East folder. SANDN1GGERZ? THE END OF ISRAEL? ISLAMIC
CHILD ABUSE? ISLAM'S WORSHIP OF THE MOON GOD? SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT PALESTINIANS?
PALESTINIAN ANIMALS INSTIGATE GUNBATTLE? LET THE BOMBING BEGIN? PLO OFFERS
CASH FOR KIDS? SHAME ON MUSLIMS? PALESTINIANS LIE ABOUT ATTACKS? PALESTINIAN
CALLS TO KILL CHRISTIANS? I begin to wonder why 25% of the titles are so
overtly racist and demeaning. When you delve into the content, you get
an instant answer. A stream of racist 'cyber' graffiti assaults you.
I go on and look at how many postings are overtly religious, not counting
the ones listed above. BIBLICAL REFERENCES TO JERUSALEM? THE TALMUD? THE
PROHET EZEKIEL AND WAR? WHAT JESUS ACTUALLY SAID TO ALL OF US? KINGDOM
OF GOD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST? TRIBALISM?
That is over a third of the titles. And that is after FOX did a major
cleanup over the last ten days.
I went out to FOXNEWS.com expecting to find a forum for a fair exchange
of ideas on the Middle East. And then I moved on to other parts of the
FOX website and found more disturbing titles. All designed to appeal to
the racist fringe. Even the tamer titles have a 'KKK rally on Sunday' feel
Is FOX deliberately marketing to the hate mongers? The proof is in the
'cyber' pudding. The word is out about FOX being a free and open forum
for bigots and racists. Even the tamest titles contain content that is
abusive and offensive against Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, Christians, African-Americans
and Muslims. Again, this is after a major cleanup effort. It is obviously
a favored destination of racists, bigots and Nazis all over America and
the free world. There is only one way to explain how bigots came to dominate
this major media website. Market segmentation. FOX management has apparently
decided that bigots and race mongers are a legitimate market niche. Indeed,
FOX's website has become a tug of war between the lunatic right-wing racist
fringe and those who are watching them.
On the postings related to the Middle East, it is notable that many Israelis
and Israel firsters have found an open platform to defame the Palestinians.
There are also disturbing comments from Arabs and Palestinians. But I will
grant this to the later group, enough of them have made their argument
without resort to demonizing Jews and Israelis.
There are things that can and should be done about this situation. I
and many others have made FOX aware that it is being monitored. Indeed,
the FOX website is a bit less offensive than it was a few week ago. But
what lingers is the suspicion that the next posting you read is going to
be a bit of racist graffiti. Too often it is.
As an international media company, one would think that FOX is worried
about its reputation. This website is advertised on many of the FOX programs.
FOX encourages its cable customers to come and participate in this forum.
They come. They see. They wander off to sites with more decent content.
Leaving the bigots and the few who take enough offense to stay and notice
I am still lost as to why FOX would allow itself to be considered a HATE.com
kind of site. If it was market segmentation, I suspect they will come to
regret the decision. As for their reputation, it will be forever soiled
by those who have been assaulted by the hate on this site.
I personally will welcome the day when FOX comes to the conclusion that
this is a serious problem and deal with it in a responsible and civic like
manner. But, in the meantime, let those of us who have taken note, take