I recently watched the documentary, "Out Foxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism," a film by Robert Greenwald, and it was daunting. I don’t blame owner Rupert Murdoch, Fox television producers or employees for any wrongdoing.
During the George W. Bush presidency, Americans have had mixed traumatic emotions, most of them caused by Sept. 11.
Media outlets have had a lot to do with this botched presidency and the damage it has produced. Murdock has a huge audience through networks, television stations, magazines and production studios. He is able to use these outlets to pass along his views.
Americans have gone along. We know there is something wrong — but after Sept. 11, Bush was God. If anyone said anything against him, they would have been run out of town. A good example is the country music group the Dixie Chicks. When one member of the group said, "I am ashamed of our president," all were persecuted, almost had their careers ruined and even received death threats.
In a speech right after the Dixie Chicks episode, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said, "Americans have the right to criticize this administration and any future administration. This is your right as Americans."
A majority of Americans chose to be ignorant to that right, because of the emotional handcuffs they wore. Bush kept using words like "God bless" and "good souls" — it was heartbreaking, considering what Americans were going through. Bush sort of made himself sound like a prophet, and everything he was saying was practically out of the Bible.
The media are a form of entertainment. Some Americans are Republican to the bone. They don’t want to listen to left-wing personalities ramble on about a bunch of liberal rhetoric.
After seeing "Out Foxed," I still watch Fox TV stations, just as I enjoy watching Jon Stewart and other liberal hosts on cable TV networks. Media shows, like any other form of entertainment, should cater to all people without facing liability for it or having a one-sided documentary made about it.
I have noticed a big change in Fox’s coverage since the reversal of President Bush’s popularity.
• Soledad Gomez is a Tracy Press intern.