It’s no secret that Rupert Murdoch believes sex sells. Since buying the British tabloid The Sun almost 40 years ago, he’s turned the Page Three girl into a cultural icon. And it’s not hard to figure out how he plans to make a success of the Fox Business Network
Regular old Fox News, though, likes to present itself as an oasis of family values in an otherwise depraved media landscape. But a new online video makes a pretty compelling case that, while running stories that bemoan the increasing sexualization of our culture, Fox is taking the opportunity to show stuff—mostly girls dancing in bikinis, I watched it—that alot of parents would deem inappropriate for basic cable.
The video, called “Fox Attacks: Decency”, was made by Robert Greenwald, the documentary film-maker who in 2004 brought us OutFoxed, which went after the cable news channel for its conservative bias. the new video urges viewers to contact the FCC and demand “a la carte” cable, which would allow cable subscribers to pick channels individually, rather than in packaged tiers offered by cable providers. Fox, and the other networks, oppose a la carte cable, saying it would end up costing consumers more.
But a la carte aside, we’ve got to say that showing scantily-glad girls as a way of lamenting the prominence of sexual images in our culture is sort of a clever, if not totally original, way to have one’s cake and eat it too. Now, if Mr. Murodoch can do the same thing with his newest acquisition, that’ll really be impressive.