Airport television raises hackles

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A fox in the bend house: one story that’s making the blogorounds (that’s the rounds of the blogosphere) comes from South Bend, Indiana. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s okay, because it’s mostly famous as the home of Notre Dame University, which is mostly famous for its football team and a few legendary coaches and quarterbacks. (The FAA acknowledges this, naming an air traffic control point above Notre Dame “Gipper” after one of the legendary coaches). But now comes word of a dispute begun by an ethics professor at the U, who says she objects to the television channel that’s played in the airport. The county-owned airport plays the Fox News channel in its terminal, and ethicist’s objections center on what she sees as its political bent.

 

Most people would admit that Fox follows its proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, in sometimes favoring the tabloid and emphasizing the controversial. Because Fox sees other media outlets as “biased,” it tilts a little right, at least as far as its personalities and commentators are concerned. So this professor wants the airport to shift to CNN, the dominant Cable News Network, which she feels is less tilted. The airport took a survey and found that people don’t seem to mind Fox. So either it’s a really conservative area, or the ethicist is wrong. Or people just ignore the TV.  We wish we could.

Full disclosure: Left Field has been on both CNN (both CNN and CNNI International) and Fox (both Fox News and Fox Business). Fox is nicer because they send a car that has sodas in the back, but CNN certainly seems to get a better response from viewers. So…

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7 Responses to Airport television raises hackles

  1. John S. October 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Why not the airport version of CNN? Make them suffer in South Bend like the rest of us!

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