The socialism debate doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Salon has taken up arms against Fox News.
Salon has accused Fox News of attacking Obama’s stimulus package by constantly mentioning socialism during broadcasts.
A search of transcripts available on Lexis-Nexis — a limited sample, unfortunately — for Fox’s programming from Tuesday shows that in the span of just six hours, the network managed to squeeze in five segments devoted to a discussion of impending socialism; the words “socialism,” “socialist” and “social democracy” were used a total of 37 times. “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “The O’Reilly Factor” and “On the Record with Greta” all managed to stay socialism free, but “Special Report” and “Hannity” each had two segments about it, and “Glenn Beck” had one. No transcript for “FOX Report” was available, but I happened to see the show repeat one of the segments from “Special Report,” for a total of six time slots on the subject between 4 p.m. ET and 11 p.m.
Both CNN and MSNBC had only two occurances of socialism related terms.
The article isn’t all about bashing Fox News. Newsweek is hit as well. Salon goes after Newsweek, and Fox News, for constantly misusing the term socialism. Since this has been an issue of debate here, I’ll post their definition of socialism. According to their source, Salon says socialism is “a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production.”
How does that sound to you?
Read the whole thing here.