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Using copyright to silence criticism

July 28, 2004 9:54 AM

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz, a law professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, comments on Fox News CEO Roger Ailes' tactic of using copyright to silence criticism:

[Ailes] is right, of course. If you allow people to use news in a critical film, the journalists concerned will face the risk of criticism. Which is exactly what the right of fair use is there for.

If you can't live with the idea that people might criticise your work, you have no business to be a journalist in the first place. And if you try to abuse copyright to silence criticism, you deserve to be laughed out of court.

One other thing. If Mr. Ailes expects CNN to come to his rescue, he might have wanted to refrain from asking why "CNN hates America" in the same paragraph.

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I was thinking the same thing about Ailes CNN comment when trying to court support for "news" agencies. This is just another example of how nonsensical the drones at FNC truly are.

Wed Jul 28 2004 12:51 PM


What's really amazing is that FNC has the highest ratings of the cable networks covering the DNC. I just don't see that many republicans watching the convention (actually don't see that many people - republican or democrat watching). Why would democrats watch the DNC on Fox?

Thu Jul 29 2004 5:30 AM

Jim Gilliam:

Not true. At least for the first night of DNC coverage.

According to yesterday's Dallas Morning News, CNN beat the usually #1 FNC: "Broadcast network ratings for Night One of the convention slumped from 2000. But audiences increased for all three cable news networks, with CNN beating the usually No. 1-rated Fox News Channel. "

Thu Jul 29 2004 7:57 AM


Convention Ratings: More Numbers Than You Can Shake A Television At

...How Tuesday night's ratings boil down, in one sentence: FNC had the highest-rated telecast last night, but CNN averaged more viewers during prime time, and MSNBC fared well among 25-54 year olds. Details:

> Averages: From 8 to 11pm, CNN averaged 2,362,000 viewers, beating FNC's average of 2,340,000. MSNBC averaged 1,404,000 viewers in prime time. (On night one, CNN averaged 2 million viewers, FNC averaged 1.6 million, and MSNBC averaged 1.1 million.)

> Ranks: FNC returned to its typical first-place position, thanks to Bill O'Reilly's "heavyweight bout" with Michael Moore. FNC averaged 3,530,000 viewers between 8:30 and 9pm, making it the #1 show last night. (By way of comparison, CNN's peak for the night was 3,164,000 viewers.)

> Hour-by-hour: FNC beat CNN from 4 to 9pm. CNN placed first from 9 to 11pm. FNC was back on top (with a rain-soaked Greta!) at 11pm.

Total day: FNC's total day average was 1,085,000 viewers; CNN averaged 746,000; MSNBC averaged 473,000.

# 7/28/2004 03:44:54 PM

Thu Jul 29 2004 8:05 AM

Jim Gilliam:

Nice. Thank you Michael Moore!

Thu Jul 29 2004 8:09 AM

Jim Gilliam:

TVNewser has the rundown on convention ratings:
CNN and FNC are both touting the three-day ratings averages, but for different reasons. CNN is #1 when it comes to primetime convention coverage, but FNC is on top in the total day.

From Monday to Wednesday, FNC has averaged 952,000 in the total day, compared to 709,000 for CNN and 420,000 for MSNBC.

Between 8 and 11pm, though, CNN has averaged 2,178,000 viewers, while FNC has averaged 1,917,000 and MSNBC has had 1,205,000. During the keynote hour of 10pm, CNN has averaged 2,796,000, compared to MSNBC's 1,643,000.

...No one will be surprised if FNC retakes the #1 position after the Democrats leave Boston, though...

Fri Jul 30 2004 9:43 AM


Consider the fact that many Democrats who never watched Fox are now quite interested in the controversy. I myself tuned in to some Fox coverage just to see what the fuss was all about. Unfortunately, what I saw confirmed everything I had heard. It is truly frightening to sit through what Fox tries to pass off as fair and balanced reporting of news.

Sat Jul 31 2004 9:34 AM

Mark Dolan:

And all this time I thought O'Reilly and Hannity were just comedians like Jane Curtin and Dan Ackroyd on old SNL skits. Now I find out they are somehow taken as serious in the field of politics. Live and learn.....

Mon Aug 2 2004 10:21 AM

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