Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has always been reliably quick to decry what he sees as a toxic American culture. Just this past Monday, O'Reilly took to the airwaves to attack the makers, and sellers, of rap music, saying, "Some very large American corporations are responsible for that corrosive entertainment." Naturally, what was lost on O'Reilly was that some of the people he was defaming were his very own paymasters.
And that's too bad, because if he spent a little time policing his own house, he'd discover that the Fox News Channel has a long history of peddling smut. The old playground taunt turns out to be a truism: He who smelt it, apparently dealt it.
And it's precisely that sort of double-dealing that rankles Robert Greenwald, the creative force behind Brave New Films. "Bill O'Reilly and others at Fox News cannot have it both ways," he says. "Either they're the morality police of our culture, or they're the smut-peddlers. They can't be both." Launched today, the latest production from Brave New Films, "Fox Attacks: Decency," drives Greenwald's point home. The short film captures Fox's hair-trigger tendency to air "after hours" style sexual content, "frequently in stories condemning precisely such images in the media as morally corrosive." Watch it:
This video dovetails with a new campaign undertaken by Brave New Films to urge cable subscribers to demand "a la carte" cable from the FCC.
Under an "a la carte" system, cable users could pick and choose the channels they wanted to pay for -- meaning they wouldn't be forced to waste their cash on soft porn from Fox News. (It's worth noting that current V-chip" technology is incapable of filtering out Fox's content because the news channel is not required to carry a viewer rating.) Sign your name to the petition here.