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Unfortunately it isn't FOX News, but a couple of their network stations.  Seems Fox wants a lot more money then they are currently getting.

This is only upsetting to me because this means I have to wait a while to watch episodes of GLEE online.   Why can't they pull Fox News instead of the worthwhile stations?

Not much to say on this.  It's one greedy company (Cablevision) attacking an even greedier - and of questionable motives - company (News Corps).

In an act of corporate greed, News Corp has pulled FOX 5 and My9 from your Cablevision channel lineup. This is an unfortunate attempt to get unreasonable and unfair fee increases from Cablevision and our customers.

Cablevision currently pays 70 million dollars per year for News Corp's programming (which includes channels such as FOX 5, My9, FOX Business Network, National Geographic Wild, and FOX Deportes), and now they are asking for more than 150 million dollars for the exact same programming – no new programming, just another 80 million dollars per year for News Corp.

Cablevision has reached agreement with every other major broadcast station, including CBS, NBC, ABC and Univision. But News Corp is demanding more in fees for FOX 5 and My9 than Cablevision and our customers pay for all of the other broadcast stations combined!

We think in these economic times that this is outrageous, especially since FOX 5 and My9 are available for free over the air, and they make many of their most popular shows available for free on the Internet.

News Corp has pulled the plug on their most popular programming, holding viewers hostage until their unreasonable demands are met. NFL Football, the MLB playoffs and World Series, House and Glee are just a few of the programs that News Corp is depriving their viewers of in an attempt to bully us into accepting their unfair demands.

Cablevision is willing to accept binding arbitration from an independent 3rd party to settle this dispute. We call on News Corp to accept binding arbitration, and to put FOX 5 and My9 back on the air for our customers until we can come to a fair agreement.

Connecticut customers, please note that this only affects FOX 5 and My9, and does not affect WTIC-Hartford (channel 25) and MyTV9-New Haven (channel 24). Fox programming on WTIC and MyTV9 will continue to be available and is not subject to disruption.

You can make a difference in this dispute. Call1-877-no-tv-tax or send an e-mail and tell News Corp it is unfair to hold their own viewers hostage to get what they want.

Read the Cablevision notice here
Read the NYTimes article here

Originally posted to ekeithj on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:32 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Deye mon, gen mon (Beyond mountains there are mountains - Haitian proverb)

    by ekeithj on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:32:09 AM PDT

    •  why don't you just (2+ / 0-)
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      Gustogirl, drewfromct
      use a torrent site and utorrent to download the episodes?

      I usually go to isohunt or pirate bay or ahashare and get tv episodes from fox channels.. like House, MD.

      The episodes are usually online 2 to 3 hours after broadcast (HD broadcast episode).

      this allows me to #1 watch the show when I want to, #2 watch the show commercial free (can't stand the commercials, especially during campaign season), #3 not give ratings to the network, #4 avoid their websites thus negating advertisement revenue and again ratings (hits), #5 no streaming commercials in mid episode, #6 no using multiple links to episode parts like on YouTube.

      And with Windows 7, I have full HD capable playback (with appropriate monitor and video card) through Windows Media Player 12 using Shark007 Codec Pack (allows Media Player 7 to play back each and every possible music and video format).

      so if you want to watch GLEE, then just DL it like 3 to 5 hours after the episode first airs on TV when it is uploaded to a torrent site.. usually doesn't take long.. and since it is a TV broadcast, it is public domain.. aka perfectly legal (especially since people can DVR / VCR record the episode).

      Anyhow.. just wanted to share how you can avoid TV channels easily yet still be able to watch your TV shows.

      If you want to watch on your TV.. you can always connect your PC to your TV via VGA cable or HDMI connection (if video card supports dual monitor or HDMI interface) or you can use Nero Recode or Windows Movie Maker (Free from Windows Live) to burn to DVD (I usually do this after 4 or 5 episodes to put them all on a disk.. making my own DVD collection instead of buying a set from the store.. $0.88 per disk x 10 disks for all 7 seasons [$8.80 total cost] vs $80 for seasons 1-5).. as such, save money.. still pefectly legal.

      Anyhow, I hope that this helps.. It works for me instead of having to wait days for it to get online through other sites and it avoids all the advertising ratings, hits, etc. that you don't want to give to certain sites.

      **Disclaimer: I do not advocate piracy of music or movies or games or software, only publically broadcasted television shows available on non cable networks.. basic broadcast of CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, PBS, PAX, UPN, WB, and so forth (what you can pick up with a digital or external HD aerial antenna)... for shows which would be perfectally legal to video tape or DVR.

      •  It's even better on the left coast (0+ / 0-)

        Much of the time I'm finished watching a show before it even begins here.

        A torrent site that gets tons and tons of documentaries from the BBC as long as most of the good shows is .  

        Creationists feel "dehumanized" when told of evolution, but have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

        by Progressive Chick on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 04:07:03 PM PDT

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    •  So the right answer (3+ / 0-)
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      Is for Cablevision to pull ALL Fox off the air until this is resolved - hopefully in a couple few years.  If Fox won't allow its other stuff to be aired, don't air Faux News.

      I'm only hard headed when you take me for granite

      by Im a frayed knot on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:46:33 AM PDT

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      •  My message to News Corp (3+ / 0-)
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        ... using the tools being provided here and here:

        I want to thank News Corp for demanding outrageously high carriage fees from Cablevision. I'm hoping that Cablevision will take this opportunity to reconsider whether it is really in their interest, or in the public interest, to carry any of News Corp's programming.

        The so-called "Fox News Channel" has devolved into a mix of GOP Propaganda and Weekly World News-level conspiracy theory. The "Fox Business Channel" has incredibly miniscule ratings, and doesn't seem likely to improve. I wouldn't miss a single one of News Corp's many channels now being carried on Cablevision.

        So News Corp is really doing us Cablevision customers a favor. By demanding outrageously high carriage fees for its local channels, it makes it just a little bit more likely that News Corp programming might disappear entirely from Cablevision. That would be the best possible outcome from the present conflict.

  •  Your headline is backwards (10+ / 0-)

    Fox made the move, not Cablevision.

    The headline makes it sound like Cablevision made the move (which they did when fighting with Disney/ABC last March).

    Fox pulled their stations now because of the baseball and football games on of interest to NY/Phil fans.

    When Cablevision pulled ABC, that network made attempts to make their programming available other ways; no signs that Fox, making the first move, will do the same.

    The expectation is that Fox may also play hardball with the Dish Network at the end of the month.

    •  yup. My little apartment complex only cable (3+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, WV Democrat, drewfromct

      dumped FX a couple weeks ago. rupert wants the cable operators (and their customers) to pay for his 2.25 million $ contribution to the publicans and the chamber of commerce so he raised prices. They replaced FX with HDNet Movies which is bad, but a small price to pay for not subsidizing rupert. I just wish they had done the same thing with fox "news" channel. Why don't they raise the price for that so my cable dumps it and puts on MSNBC?  

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:03:03 AM PDT

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  •  Hate-us Interuptus!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Somebody's going to pay for (4+ / 0-)
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    Beck one way or another...just raise your cost to carry all the shows and they can keep Beckistan on the air.

  •  Yup, FOX 5 is gone. (16+ / 0-)

    But FOX News Channel is still there. Kind of makes me question FOX's motives, you know?  If they were serious, you'd think they'd pull all their programming from Cablevision. But cutting off their propaganda arm a few weeks before a big election? I guess not.

    If I was Cablevision, I'd counter by dropping FOX News Channel from the lineup.

  •  The NFL is going to step in. (2+ / 0-)
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    there is BIG MONEY at work here, and NewsCorp picked on the wrong people.

    Watch.  There will be Giants football in CT.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:43:43 AM PDT

    •  Won't miss much this weekend with the Lions... (1+ / 0-)
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      Grassroot passion comes and goes - Corporate interest in consistent. Message being that if you want to stay elected then sell-out, it's safer.

      by Jonze on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:48:13 AM PDT

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    •  No they won't (1+ / 0-)
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      Greg Aiello, spokesman for the National Football League, said the league was aware of the dispute and is “monitoring it closely.”

      But he said it was not an issue the N.F.L. itself would get involved in.

      “We’re innocent bystanders,” Mr. Aiello said. “We hope they work it out.”

      Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

      by Scarce on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:57:06 AM PDT

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      •  The NFL is run by old money Republicans. (0+ / 0-)

        Grassroot passion comes and goes - Corporate interest in consistent. Message being that if you want to stay elected then sell-out, it's safer.

        by Jonze on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:04:50 AM PDT

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        •  Fox's NFL contract is up in 2013 (1+ / 0-)
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          They're paying $712.5 million/yr for the rights to NFC games on Sunday.

          The NFL could decide that Fox is just a pain in the ass and go with another network.

          Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

          by Scarce on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:10:14 AM PDT

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          •  Money talks, bullshit walks ... (0+ / 0-)

            If FOX bids high enough they will get the contract.

            FOX News is for people who can't handle reality ...
            BTW - read The Authoritarians free here.

            by kbman on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:05:57 AM PDT

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            •  The brand is everything (1+ / 0-)
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              And the NFL will take great pains to protect themselves, including saying 'fuck you guys' if Fox can't handle these situations in a professional manner.

              Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

              by Scarce on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 12:31:36 PM PDT

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          •  UH which one... (0+ / 0-)

            NBC currently has NFL Sunday Night Football which I'm sure gives NBC more revenue than the day games, (plus Faith Hill). CBS already has the AFC, which has more power teams than the NFC, (and used to carry the NFC games) and ABC has NASCAR on Sundays which would upset teh gear heads to lose the whole 2nd half/chase gimmick to ESPN which ABC owns. (FOX has the first half of the NASCAR schedule). MYNetworkTV and CW simply don't have the money and NFL fans who don't subscribe to cable or satellite would throw a fit if ESPN or another cable channel took over part of NFL package on Sundays. So the NFL may be stuck with FOX.

      •  If you care (1+ / 0-)
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        about seeing the NFL, then why not call them up and let them know that you won't stand for Fox's blackmail tactics?

        NFL Offices

        Phone: 1-212-450-2000

        Fax: 212 – 681 - 7573

        Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

        by drewfromct on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 01:44:27 PM PDT

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  •  Cablevision should boot Fox News... (5+ / 0-)

    I'd love to see how News Corp would respond to that.  they need their propaganda station to have wide viewership afterall.  

    News Corp needs to raise more revenue so they can donate more to the Republican third party groups.  

    I know folks say "but local Fox stations and Glee and the Simpsons are not Fox News" - but all that money goes to the same source.  You watch any Fox programing and your funding the propaganda.  

    Grassroot passion comes and goes - Corporate interest in consistent. Message being that if you want to stay elected then sell-out, it's safer.

    by Jonze on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:47:49 AM PDT

  •  One Cablevision response (9+ / 0-)

    which would get Murdoch's attention -

    they could pull Fox News (which would be in the two weeks before the election).

    Not sure other than the PA Senate election that this would make a difference in any noticeable way in a significant close race, but it would send a message that they can play hardball as well.

  •  Could this mean that going after Beck (2+ / 0-)
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    advertisers is making a difference and News Corp/Fox is trying to make up the money in other ways?

    I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

    by ParkRanger on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:53:16 AM PDT

  •  Rec'd! Timing on it is GREAT for NY/NJ/CT Dems... (3+ / 0-)
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    As for this Cablevision subscriber, I'll just use my A/B switch to changeover to my HD decoder and my antenna for direct reception of the signal on Thursday, in order to catch FRINGE. (A true guilty pleasure: I love the show!)

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:54:22 AM PDT

  •  I pulled the plug on cable a year ago. (6+ / 0-)

    So many channels, so much money, nothing worth watching.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:54:53 AM PDT

    •  not worth the money (6+ / 0-)

      yeah that's why Netflix is rising in popularity. At least 30% of people polled have said they have pulled their subscription for cable or satellite in favor of Netflix. I guess there's only so much time you have for watching movies or tv. Ah the freedom of not having to rely on those extortionist for your entertainment needs.

    •  I wish millions more (6+ / 0-)

      would do the same thing. I tossed my television out in 1976, before there was cable. Now people who are hurting for food and a roof over their heads still find a way to pay ~$75 - $100 or more a month to some cable company for 300 channels of nothing, all designed to convince them to buy things they don't need for more money than they've got to spend. Teh Stupid beamed straight in to people's brains 24-7, and they pay for the privilege!!!

      If FOX or any other network wants access to my brain, they can pay ME for the privilege. Since none of them are ever going to do that, my family will continue not to miss it. Heck, I've got college age grandchildren who have never had broadcast or cable television in their homes. They are much smarter for it.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:10:44 AM PDT

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      •  Rec'd a thousand times!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        A Citizen, Joieau

        And ekeithj is going to expire if he/she can't watch Glee??????

        Got news for all of you who can't bear to be parted from your mind-cocaine ---  we are still alive in this household, without cable, without Glee, without the bad-assness of NJ, without football and keep track of Rachel & Keith O just fine on-line.

        Refusal here to pay one cent we don't have to, to Murdoch's evil empire.  (It's hard to escape - spouse noted even the coupon inserts in Sunday Gannet paper, are put out by a Murdoch company!)

        Absolutely no tips or recs for ekeithj's diary.  

        Instead it gets an invisible donut!  Start aspiring your mind to greatness, rather than the gutter!  

        •  TV (2+ / 0-)
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          I used to have the TV on from the time I got home until the time I went to bed, whether or not I was watching it or even in the same room as the TV. A lot of people are just used to having TV as a constant companion.

          Now, it's off unless I am watching something, and besides PBS, there are only a couple shows I watch. Sports are the one thing that I do miss. But I have a three year old, and on the weekend, going places with her trumps watching the game, I just take a little radio along. I get plenty of sports though, I take her to volleyball games, women's hockey games, etc.

          One thing I have noticed is how unreal human behavior is portrayed. Older TV shows from the 60's and 70's were naive, but the characters behaved more like people, in their behavior and lifestyle. Lately, it has become like copies of copies, with characters who don't act like real people. And there are the odd lifestyles of TV characters, they typically spend like someone who makes far more than a real person in the same line of work would be able to.

          TV used to have shows like the Honeymooners, where the characters didn't have money for everything. Now, TV promotes not just the products that are advertised, but promotes the general concept of conspicuous consumption.

          The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

          by A Citizen on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:49:36 AM PDT

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        •  I was thrilled when (0+ / 0-)

          Glee moved from Wednesday to Tuesday.  We used to have to dvr it because we have our Met Opera subscriptions on Wednesday nights (highlights of the season this year are Wozzeck and Nixon in China).

          NOW we can watch Glee without the dvr.

          I'm sure for the likes of you the met is too intellectually challenging.  But if you can make broad sweeping statements about how I don't aspire my mind to greatness, I can make comments about your lack of cultural sophistication.

          Deye mon, gen mon (Beyond mountains there are mountains - Haitian proverb)

          by ekeithj on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:51:09 AM PDT

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          •  You are correct.. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't enjoy the Met as much as I used to...even on the radio or PBS-TV, because I am now mostly deaf. I remember the 'old' Met, as well as the current one at Lincoln Center.  David Koch seems to have found a willing patsy there.  

            Expecting a 500 mile commute every Tuesday night is a bit much.

            We hold memberships in the Metropolitan Museum, Textile Museum (DC), 2 photography museums, the Corning Glass museum, local university art gallery, local county arts council (of which I used to be director), Planetarium & natural history museum, season subscription to local symphony orchestra, numerous regional & national nature & environmental organizations as well as APS. Was also on the board of the local chapter of Young Audiences for many years. Occasionally get tickets to local dance presentations.  All better recipients of our funds than FAUX.

            Alas, local professional theatre, despite attempts to make it hearing friendly, has also been put on the back burner.  

            Working at the Village production of Man of LaMancha was never to be forgotten treat! As was hearing Joan Sutherland, Pablo Cassals, Peter & Rudolph Serkin, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Buffy St Marie, etc.  At home, I can crank up opera, Celtic music, Bach, Mozart, the Rankins, etc as much as I want.  

            Seems to me you could do without Glee and instead try to use the cable money going to Murdoch to occasionally visit the many free and low-fee programs available in NYC.  What riches!  

            It's even more puzzling if you enjoy opera, that you settle for such as Glee.  ?????  

  •  Ok, as much as I can't stand Fox, (0+ / 0-)

    Imma have some issues if DTV messes with Fox 18 here in Charlotte - Bones-'nuf said.

    The 2008 election was a changing of the guard. Now, we must guard the change. --Duvall Patrick

    by MsDrema on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:56:01 AM PDT

  •  Get an Antenna !! (1+ / 0-)
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    You will be amazed at what can be pulled in now on a very small tv antenna.

    Since the conversion of US broadcast TV to digital, the signal is clearer and easier to pick up than ever before.

    And you don't need a 12-foot antenna on a 30-foot mast either.

    I live 50 miles from the broadcast towers in Los Angeles and I pick up all the broadcast stations (including focks) with a 3 foot antenna in my attic.

    Some will need an inexpensive amplifier for the extra boost.

    Give it a try and cut your cable or satellite altogether.

    •  This is a digital antenna, or an over-the-air (0+ / 0-)

      one you are talking about?

      My cable goes at the end of the baseball playoffs, so I'm curious about this.

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:09:30 AM PDT

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      •  All radio waves are analog. (0+ / 0-)

        A UHF antenna is what you need.  Retailers might call it "digital" or "high-definition" but it's analog, over-the-air.

        But since they moved the stations up into the UHF frequencies (also VHF 7-13) you don't need those big honkers we all grew up with.

        Location and topography does play a part in what you can get.

    •  It depends on where you live (0+ / 0-)

      here in eastern Connecticut, to pull in the digital VHF signals you need a 12 to 15 ft antenna, for UHF you need a big outdoor antenna like a CM-4228HD or build your own Gray-Hoverman.  The Connecticut CBS affiliate's coverage area shrunk with the digital switch.  The affiliate from Providence is on VHF so you need a big antenna, and we can sometimes pick up the Boston affiliate but we are technically outside of the coverage area.  Our Connecticut ABC channel is also VHF but a tower broadcasting PBS blocks reception in the area since it broadcasts on the next channel.

      The FCC cut down on the number of channels available making the northeast crowded and killing our reception.  Add to that the fact that the digital signal suffers from bad multipath problems when it hits trees and hills, our reception is actually worse than analog (DVB, what Europe uses, can see signal improvement with multipath.)  The reliable channels are NBC, ION, Fox, and PBS.  The rest depend on which way the wind is blowing.

  •  Tides Foundation letter: drop from Fox news (1+ / 0-)
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    Cablevision should drop fox news and this is a solid reason why: an assassination attempt by Byron Williams, now in prison, inspired by Glenn Beck.

    "Pike cites jailhouse interviews with Williams like this one, where Williams says "I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind."

    Read more:

    Dear Fox Advertiser
    Posted by Drummond Pike in Media, Tides on Oct 15, 2010 | 51 comments

    Dear Fox Advertiser,

    I am writing to ask your company to take a simple step that may well save lives in the future. And it is not unimportant that taking this action will remove your company and its products from any connection to what could very likely be an unpleasant tragedy, should things remain as they are today. On behalf of my organization, and many others like it, I ask that you cease advertising on the Fox News Channel.

    This is neither a hollow request, nor one rhetorically made. There is an urgency to it born of our own direct experience as the target of a would-be assassin inspired by Fox's Glenn Beck Show.

    On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a "revolution" by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were "shocked" does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash.

    Although not a political organization, the Tides Foundation has been a frequent target of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies by Fox News' Glenn Beck. Since his arrival at Fox in early 2009, Beck has repeatedly vilified Tides, suggesting we are intent on "creat[ing] a mass organization to seize power." He accuses the foundation of indoctrination and says we are "involved in some of the nastiest of the nasty." Beck tells viewers that Tides has "funneled" money to "some of the most extreme groups on the left" and that our mission is to "warp your children's brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is." In total, prior to the attempted rampage, Beck had attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times. On September 28th, more than a month after the shooting, Beck reiterated his focus on the Tides Foundation, warning, "I'm coming for you." In jailhouse interviews, the gunman confessed he views Beck as a "schoolteacher" who "blew my mind." My would-be killer admitted that Beck "give[s] you every ounce of evidence you could possibly need" to commit violence.

    The rest of the letter is linked here:

    Diabetes Care In California Public Schools. See Bio for settlement details link. July 2009

    by foggycity on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:12:41 AM PDT

  •  I have Cablevision on Long Island... (2+ / 0-)
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    and we lost the basic local Fox affiliate from NYC (Channel 5) snd Fox Business Channel (not that I ever watch it) but NOT the Fox News cable propaganda channel.

    Our position is tax cuts for the middle class, theirs is tax cuts for millionaires, Stupid.

    by Jimdotz on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:16:45 AM PDT

    •  rupert jacked up the price on FBC too? (1+ / 0-)
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      What a moron. Barely anyone outside of tvnewser watches that POS anyway. Jacking up the price on that is stupider than the NFL's blackout rule.  You don't want to reduce viewership. You want to increase it.

      What a maroon.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:14:58 AM PDT

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  •  Yawn!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Bush crimes, Cheney torture, health care, gay rights, poor economy, wars, rule of law, civil rights - so much to do so little time - the clock is ticking

    by Da Rock on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:20:35 AM PDT

  •  I don't have cable, and I don't usually watch TV, (1+ / 0-)
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    but today I'm going to make an exception and watch the Phillies/Giants game on TV.  Lucky me, it's not on cable this time.  Too bad for Philly fans, who can't get the game now.

  •  I listened to the NOTICE cablevision is running (4+ / 0-)

    on channels 5 and 9  multiple times because it was that satisfying to hear someone call newscorps GREEDY.

    alot of people will hear that this weekend...

    and that is a GOOD thing.

    "can you please continue the petty bickering...I find it most intriguing" DATA

    by KnotIookin on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:31:03 AM PDT

  •  Murdoch needs all the money he can get (2+ / 0-)
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    defluxion10, JeffW

    to swing the election, all those donations must be hurting the bottom line.

  •  I want to like Glee more (0+ / 0-)

    But the only way I can stomach it is by fast-forwarding through the singing.  I would rather it be either be a musical about a choir or, ideally, a (musical) show about a choir, but it seems to me to be more of a show about a choir, which instead of featuring the choir singing, keeps cutting away (in an awful post-modern fashion) to do these inane lip-synched cover videos.

    We would be just a little bit closer to world peace if everyone would just grow some f-ing skin!

    by Subversive on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:52:32 AM PDT

  •  Hmmmmm. (1+ / 0-)
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    pgm 01

    This is the second company to do this.  DirectTV discontinued Fox due to wanting more money.  I hope the trend keeps going.  

    •  It would be nice, but I have a feeling (1+ / 0-)
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      El barragas

      Comcast will just quietly pass the cost onto its customers.

    •  Say when... (1+ / 0-)
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      El barragas

      did Directv, which I subscribe to, dump Fox?? The only channel Directv has dumped in the past few months was Versus from September 2009 to March 2010 which pissed me off as I am a huge hockey fan (They got it back and I returned when Directv smartened up.) I wish the hell they would drop FIXED propaganda, but it still on Directv, as is the other Fixed garbage.

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