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I was at the San Francisco Int'l Airport yesterday, browsing at Hudson News (newspapers, books, chewing gum concessionaires at most large airports) when I noticed that their TV was tuned to FOX News.  I don't usually do this type of thing, but I had just finished reading Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean and was feeling it.

So I very respectfully asked the clerk to please change the channel while I shopped because I could not listen to FOX news and spend money at the same time.  She laughed and said that the airport required them to leave it on FOX!  I said, "The airport requires that you broadcast FOX?  Not Hudson management?"  She was clear:  airport policy insists that they leave it on FOX.

I left the store and went to join my husband at a cafe nearby.  And there at the bar was a TV tuned to CNN.  I spoke to the manager, approving his broadcast of CNN, but expressing confusion based on the response at Hudson.  He seemed puzzled - there is no airport "policy" - they tune in what they want.  He said, "I don't know very much about this, but could you tell me why there is a problem with FOX?  I never watch it."  I explained that there is a grassroots movement to protest FOX in public areas because they are extremely biased and distort the truth.

I called Hudson this morning and spoke with customer service about my experience.  They were very nice and promised to pursue my inquiry.  I got a call back within the hour and was told, "Airport policy has nothing to do with it - Hudson News has a contract with FOX News to tune their in-store TV monitors to FOX."

I said, "FOX provides compensation to Hudson News to spew their version of the news to customers?  Please relay to Hudson management that my husband and I will no longer patronize Hudson in protest."

Please join me in taking a tiny action to protest the propaganda platform FOX News has purchased from Hudson News.

Originally posted to CrystalClear on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 04:44 PM PDT.

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