Fox Entertainment Chief Defends Broadcast Slop

Giving the People What They Want on Television - Violence

Sometimes one must laugh lest they cry.

As we examine some of the factors that may contribute to the inordinate incidence of gun mass murders in the United States, the “entertainment” industry is appropriately under the microscope.

The chairman of Fox Entertainment stated the following at a press conference, “We take everything we do—everything we put on the air—with the utmost responsibility.” I would ask whether the individual made this statement with a straight face and if, after he uttered it, there were guffaws from the audience, given that his assertion defies logic and common sense.

Fox Entertainment is at the center of the cesspool into which primetime television has been transformed. Fox (and other broadcast conglomerates) has eschewed the once-valued tenet of broadcast standards in favor of broadcast slop, providing new ways for the American people to waste their time wallowing in cultural mud.  Violent programs and “reality TV” are prime examples of the degeneration of the medium.

I would note that the Fox mogul was not entirely wrong in his press conference remarks. He also said, “Clearly there’s an appetite, OK? ... People like these things, OK? So that is the business we’re in, of providing things that people like.”  No, sir, it is not “OK”, but your point is valid. We have met the enemy and the enemy is, to a great extent, us.

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