True or false, everything makes Fox news these days. And now the conservative network has taken sensationalism to a whole new level since Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace acquisition. Every time a child goes missing, or a school endures another ‘bloody melee,’ Fox reports the most minute details on the victims and villains — their favorite song, background information, and personality inferences. Where do they get this information? Not family. Not friends. Not even opportunistic neighbors looking for a few seconds on the camera. Fox’s most tapped into source is MySpace, a site where: 1) someone can make a page about anyone they want to. 2) Pages can be inactive for several years, with out-of-date information. 3) People can manipulate other pages by posting misleading pictures or inaccurate information. And 4) Viewers can misinterpret sarcastic pop culture references or inside jokes among friends. Fox’s coverage of former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace was emblematic of the absurdity. The network’s stories of the hooker Spitzer sought services from, Ashley Dupre, relied solely on the woman’s MySpace page — the latest fact-gathering shortcut of Fox ‘journalists.’ The famous “a source told Fox” has been replaced with “according to MySpace.”
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Today Yahoo! announced that it will resist temptation, at least a little while longer, to relinquish its autonomy to the salivating Microsoft Corp; they rejected the software giant’s $40 billion plus bid to take control of the Internet company (and my favorite search engine). Speculated as merely a business move to solicit a higher bid by some, media critics are hoping the move staves off another example of media consolidation — this time from Redmond. Microsoft has an uncanny knack of stomping out the competition but media consolidation is not the way to rival Google, the Web’s leading search engine. What happened to the days where competing companies waged their own battles? Today, it’s sell, sell, sell, which unfortunately leads to consolidate, consolidate, consolidate, leaving a very sparse number of media voices. Perhaps Facebook is next on the Bill Gates’ agenda. After all, in the same year Rupert Murdoch snagged not only the Wall Street Journal but MySpace, too.
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