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Bill O'Reilly is "unacceptable content"

March 11, 2005 9:48 AM

Lots of press today about the Boston Legal / Fox News censorship thing. LA Times and AP were the two major stories. The last paragraph of the LA Times article is great:

ABC also rejected an ad for the DVD version of "Outfoxed," an anti-Fox News documentary released last year. The distributor wanted to run the ad during "Boston Legal," partly because the documentary is mentioned during Sunday's episode. Brockman said the ad contained unacceptable content.

The ad in question is nothing but Bill O'Reilly saying "shut up." Definitely "unacceptable content" for a Sunday night television audience!

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I was surprised to hear an Outfoxed advertisement by Robert Greenwald during today's O'Franken Factor, on Air America Radio. Part of the pitch was something like, "Watch Outfoxed, the documentary which Bill O'Reilly has called 'rank propaganda.'"

Nice touch.

Fri Mar 11 2005 11:26 AM

Timid Soul:

What amazes me even more than the audacity of these things going on at Fox is people's support, or at least their willingness to excuse, as the pile of evidence grows. I think some need so much to believe in their government that they appreciate an entity such as Fox that allows them a hope that their government is doing what is right. Sad.

Fri Mar 11 2005 12:20 PM


Air America Radio is still on the air?

Fri Mar 11 2005 12:50 PM

Tom from Madison:

49 stations + XM satellite & Sirius

Fri Mar 11 2005 1:29 PM

Sponge Bob:

- Air America’s flagship station, WLIB-AM in New York, garnered a 1.2 share in the latest quarter, down 0.1 from the year-ago period. By comparison, WABC-AM, New York's leading conservative station, garnered a 3.8 share, up 0.1 from the year-ago period. WOR-AM, another conservative station, posted a 2.1 share, down 0.1 from the year-earlier period.

- Air America’s Boston station, WKOX-AM, got a tiny 0.6 share in the latest quarter, compared to a 4.3 share at WTKK-FM and a 4.0 share at WRKO-AM, both of which are conservative.

- Air America’s San Diego station, KLSD-AM, got a 1.9 share, up from 1.5 in the year-ago quarter. A respectable performance. By comparison, KOGO-AM, San Diego's conservative station, garnered a 5.5 share, up from 5.2 in the year-earlier period.

- Air America’s Philadelphia affiliate, WHAT-AM, garnered a 0.8 market share in the latest quarter, down 0.1 from the year-earlier period. By comparison, Philadelphia's conservative station, WPHT-AM, posted a 4.1 market share, up smartly from 3.2 in the year-earlier period.

- In Providence, Maloney reports, ratings at WHJJ-AM plunged after it replaced its conservative line-up with Air America, from a 3.5 share of the 12 and older audience to a 2.6 share. Meanwhile, Maloney says Providence's conservative station, WPRO-AM, “saw a surge during the survey period from a 4.4 to a 5.1 audience share.”

Is it just me or is there a trend here?

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:22 PM

raging red:

Why are some of the conservatives who comment on this site so obsessed with market shares and ratings for radio and television stations? Who gives a shit?

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:53 PM

Tom from Madison:

It's just you.

When Air America was launched there were only 5 stations. Chicago and LA pulled out very early on due to a bogus financial commitment. There are now almost 10 times as many stations.

By all accounts Air America is a success. It has a growing listener base. Lack of support among conservative viewers is not a concern. Just like in the early days of Rush, ironic listeners who disagree are a significant component of the audience.

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:59 PM

Jim Gilliam:

Glad you liked the ad. We put that together on wednesday, and it ran all day today. You can hear it here:

It's been pretty effective too. Traffic and orders are way way up.

Fri Mar 11 2005 7:03 PM


"Why are some of the conservatives who comment on this site so obsessed with market shares and ratings for radio and television stations? Who gives a shit?"

Um... It's called capitalism? Those number show if ANYONE CARES to listen to your station/views/propoganda

Sat Mar 12 2005 7:49 AM

Tom from Madison:

Fox News gets great ratings while simultaneously misleading its viewers. Fox viewers have been proven to be the most likely to erroneously believe that WMDs were found in Iraq and that Iraq was somehow responsible for 9/11.

Yes it's capitalism, but in it's most dysfunctional form. Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch are BOTH propagandists and capitalists.

Don't forget that Murdoch also makes huge bucks from the porn industry. This is what makes progressives and principled conservatives skeptical about a blind faith in unregulated capitalism. The money path doesn't always lead to morality.

I would be much more impressed with the sincerity of the religious right if they would end their unholy alliance with the likes of Murdoch, Ailes, and Fox. Their choice to look the other way makes me think people like Falwell and Robertson are more concerned with profiteering than saving souls.

Sun Mar 13 2005 7:28 AM


I used to watch Fox News all the time, and I thought Saddam Hussein was the pilot who flew the first airplane into the WTC. Then, I watched "Outfoxed", and I realized I was mistaken. Thanks, "Outfoxed"! :)

Mon Mar 14 2005 3:28 AM


Those consertive stations have been on the air for years, with the same message. Air America has only now been on for a year. Overall, in a non-election year it's clear that they're doing quite well.

Tue Mar 15 2005 8:24 AM


Air America is losing money and is only on the air due to private funding.

A political radio broadcast headlining second rate comedians. Yeah, thats a real winner.

Tue Mar 15 2005 3:47 PM

Tom from Madison:

Au Contraire,

Air America Radio is expanding and exceeding exepectations. They have a mix of private and publicly traded companies funding their operations, i.e.the have a diverse financial base. That's a GOOD thing.

Clear Channel is actually backing a lot of Air America programming, i.e. they own many of the stations. These people are shrewd business men. They are not planning to lose their money. Interestingly, they are also funding a lot of right wing radio. Lesson: ratings are not about a single ideology--there are many lucrative market segments. The liiberal talk niche is just getting started.

Air America offers many different flavors of liberal radio. Sure there are comedians like Al Franken and the Morning Sedition crew, but there are regular guys like Ed Schultz, based in North Dakota. There are also biting, edgy commentators like Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy. It's a diverse line-up on an expanding network of broadcast stations + Satellite radio.

Prediction: Air America will continue to succeed. Cable TV will be the next frontier for more liberal programming.

Sat Mar 19 2005 6:29 AM


Air America is the only National Broadcast outside PBS that has had to use private funding to survive. Nice try! However one comment here make the point so well. "Who cares what the ratings are", ummm Im guessing the radio stations carrying the show wanting to make money! Oh yeah, Lib only know how to spend tax dollars, I forgot.

Wed Mar 23 2005 9:27 PM

Tom from Madison:

Nice try yourself!

Air America is thriving and growing. Survival isn't an issue any more.

Clear Channel is putting it's money behind Air America. That's got to bother the ditto-heads.

...And that's a Good Thing!

Fri Mar 25 2005 10:31 AM

Das Kapital:

Private funding - Yes!!!
Is this not the American way?

R Murdoch is big into private funding. He knows media.

Fri Mar 25 2005 10:47 AM

Sponge Bob:

If only Fox could have the journalistic qualities that ABC has. I could see them having a the obituary already written, but to actually describe the scene of her death as if witnessed is too much:

With worldwide attention focused on Terri Schiavo, the brain-injured Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed March 18, CBS News reportedly published news of her death on Monday of this week, even though she had not died.

The online obituary began: "Surrounded by stuffed animals and medical equipment in her small hospice room in Pinellas Park, Fla., Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo died. ... "

The story, written by's Christine Lagorio, even prognosticated the precise location of Terri's husband.

Michael Schiavo, who was at the bedside of his wife Terri when she died, told Larry King that he lives now with another woman with whom he has two children.

"I can love more than one person," he told King. "Everybody can do that."

According to friends and relatives, Michael Schiavo was Terri's only love. His big-but-tight-knit family took in Michael's bride, and she befriended his siblings, including his brother, Scott.

"It's so sad they've turned this wonderful person into a sideshow," Scott Schiavo told the [Washington] Post. "It's such a shame. It really is. The one that's hurt the most here is Terri."

Among those who saw the CBS News report online was radio talk-show host Glenn Beck, who posted the text of the entire report on his website, along with a PDF version of how the obituary appeared on the CBS News website.

Thu Mar 31 2005 6:13 AM

Tom from Madison:

Fox, ABC news, CBS News, and a lot of other media had it all wrong. Terri Schiavo died a long time ago.

Shame on all of the above media for making a sideshow of what happened to her body.

But most of all, shame on the Bush Administration and the Congress for using this sad episode as way to attack the constitution. Separation of powers has served us well for over 200 years.

Claims of moral authority on the part of any government official do not trump the rule of law in America.

Polls can be interpreted many ways, but I choose to be optimistic when I see that 80% disapprove of the last ditch attempts on the part of Bush and the Congress to intervene. I believe most Americans overwhelmingly understand that the courts got it right and that the constitutional separation of powers is of great value and must never be compromised.

Fri Apr 1 2005 4:48 PM


Hello All, I am an American living in Europe and I just saw Outfoxed. Now I understand why my parents and friends are so messed up on the knowledge of the world. I really did not know where my father was getting his information when he and I would argue about the Iraq war. He must be watching FOX News 24 hours a day, cause he is so brainwashed by this stuff they say. He even used that 'Some people say' in his arguments. I was even called a traitor because I did not agree with going to war.
I would like to say thank you for making this documentary. It really does help to understand why the much of the American people have their mixed up ideas of the world. I can say that TV stations in Europe have aired the program on national TV stations. We just need to get more Americans to see this material.

Keep up the good work.

Mon Apr 4 2005 5:21 AM

Sponge Bob:

"Polls can be interpreted many ways, but I choose to be optimistic when I see that 80% disapprove of the last ditch attempts on the part of Bush and the Congress to intervene. I believe most Americans overwhelmingly understand that the courts got it right and that the constitutional separation of powers is of great value and must never be compromised."

Wow, the Republicans are exploiting the situation for political gain - even though polls show it is not popular. What's to gain? If they where interested in political gain wouldn’t they be selling tickets for the planned dance on her grave?

Suddenly the same government that dictates how much water you can use to flush a turd is over stepping it's authority by intervening in a death sentence being applied to an admitted innocent person?

Mon Apr 4 2005 11:57 AM

Sponge Bob:

Leave it to Tom to screw up the facts. According to Zogby:

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question his directly on Terri's circumstances.

"If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water," the poll asked.

A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes.

"When there is conflicting evidence on whether or not a patient would want to be on a feeding tube, should elected officials order that a feeding tube be removed or should they order that it remain in place," respondents were asked.

Some 18 percent said the feeding tube should be removed and 42 percent said it should remain in place.

The poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe there should be exceptions to the right of a spouse to act as a guardian for an incapacitated spouse. Only 39 percent disagreed.

When asked directly about Terri's case and told the her estranged husband Michael "has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her" 56 percent of Americans believed guardianship should have been turned over to Terri's parents while 37 percent disagreed.

So much for 80% of Americans disapproving of the way the GOP and some LIBERALs intervened.

Mon Apr 4 2005 1:48 PM

Tom from Madison:

Hey Sponge:

readers can do their own research on what the polls say. It's only the religious Right plus some odd allies like Jesse Jackson who make up the loud minority for keeping Terri's body alive.

Contrary to your assertions, Americans most don't want the federal government keeping people alive pointlessly in a persistent vegitative state for decades.

Moreover, they don't want congress and the president usurping judical authority. Many conservative judges and principled Republicans agree.

Republicans tried touse this issue to help their anti-abortion / Federal Judge appointment battles. Guess what? It's backfiring big time!

Who is going to believe 'W' the next time he decries activist judges? How are HIS nominees going to answer questions about what THEY would have done in the Schiavo case? This should be fun to watch!!!

Thu Apr 7 2005 3:00 PM

Sponge Bob:

Tom, read the polls – instead of making them up. It’s a MAJORITY that wanted to keep Terri alive. By the way congratulations, the left has moved from killing babies and old people to murdering the middle aged.

It was the judiciary usurping state powers. Florida’s DCF was ordered by judge Greer to NOT investigate the allegations that Terri was not in “persistent vegetative state” even though a neurologist on the board (from the Mayo Clinic no less) questioned the diagnosis of doctors hired by Mike Schiavo. This was done in direct violation of Florida statute 2004-Ch0415-Section%201051#0415.1051"415.1051. I guess as long as a judge says its OK to break law and kill someone you’re good to go. So much for activist judges.

Not one of the courts found that Greer acted appropriately, but all found that he had acted WITHIN HIS POWER, basically all were scared shitless about touching this case. As for the federal government over stepping its power, how is mandating the amount of water I can use to flush a turd within their scope but the life of a US citizen is outside their scope?

Thu Apr 7 2005 5:14 PM

Tom from Madison:

Fox News [Fair & Balanced] did a poll back in 2004:,2933,101826,00.html
74% said remove the tube. This is not a 'liberal' point of view.

There's also a more recent ABC news poll. This is from the ABC news website::

"The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.

That legislative action is distinctly unpopular: Not only do 60 percent oppose it, more — 70 percent — call it inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way. And by a lopsided 67 percent-19 percent, most think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved."

This ABC News poll also finds that the Schiavo case has prompted an enormous level of personal discussion: Half of Americans say that as a direct result of hearing about this case, they've spoken with friends or family members about what they'd want done if they were in a similar condition. Nearly eight in 10 would not want to be kept alive.


In addition to the majority, the intensity of public sentiment is also on the side of Schiavo's husband, who has fought successfully in the Florida courts to remove her feeding tube. And intensity runs especially strongly against congressional involvement.

Included among the 63 percent who support removing the feeding tube are 42 percent who "strongly" support it — twice as many as strongly oppose it. And among the 70 percent who call congressional intervention inappropriate are 58 percent who hold that view strongly — an especially high level of strong opinion."

Thu Apr 7 2005 5:56 PM

Tom from Madison:

I don't decry anyone's right to argue unpopular points of view. I've been known to do it myself.

But why delude yourself?

America doesn't agree with the far right on this one -- and by A VERY LARGE MARGIN!!!

Thu Apr 7 2005 6:02 PM

Sponge Bob:

I guess you forgot the part where Zogby explained the actual circumstances of the Shiavo case, you know an INFORMED opinion. As for polls deciding who lives or dies - why is Paris Hilton still walking around?

Thu Apr 7 2005 6:16 PM

Tom from Madison:

The Zogby poll is per se misleading. They didn't mention that Terri Schiavo had been BRAIN DEAD for more than a decade!!! This is a medical FACT. To suggest that she might have conscious brain activity is flat-out wrong.

It is understandable that people wanted to believe she really was conscious and sentient. That belief is simply denial.

So, why is this still and issue?

...Given Tom DeLay's obvious corruption , the Social Security reform debacle, and Bush's 45% and falling approval rating, it is understandable that neo-cons are looking for DISTRACTIIONS.

Sponge, are you getting paid to post here?

Given the proclivity of the Bush Administration to pay for media access and orchestrate town hall meetings, I thought I'd ask you directly.

Fri Apr 8 2005 9:35 AM

Blaire from Madison:

You are all idiots, you are all being pulled in by the exact same propaganda you are complaining about. Outfoxed is nothing more then a liberal nutbag movie trying to come across as factual. This movie is completely fictional, it takes clips out of context. I could make the same movie about CBS and ABC.

Wed May 11 2005 4:21 PM

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