I received an email from CREDO Action today. You’ll find the email and my response below.
From: Jay Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 19, 2010 11:13:56 AM CDT
To: “Elijah Zarlin, CREDO Action” <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: FOX is poison. Help turn if OFF.
While I despise Fox News and their dishonest, fear mongering excuse for news, I can not support censorship of any kind. Freedom of speech and freedom of business to to decide what to broadcast what they choose on their own property is not for anyone but them to decide. Freedom of speech, no matter how appalling we may personally find it, should never, ever be infringed upon.
On Sep 19, 2010, at 8:21 AM, Elijah Zarlin, CREDO Action wrote:
|Stop FOX’s lies from being spread and legitimized on public TVs.
|Ask businesses near you to be FOX Free.
|CREDO and Color of Change are launching a campaign to encourage businesses to Turn off FOX’s lies and distortions.
Help businesses in your community become FOX Free. Click here to sign the petition and get your free “Turn Off FOX” sticker.
It’s happened to all of us. You’re in a public place and FOX News is on TV. You sit and simmer, or pack up and move on. You can’t bear the idea that the lies, distortions and race-baiting that FOX News uses to divide our country are being promoted as mainstream news.
FOX is poisonous — and it spreads and is legitimized partly through public TVs. It’s why CREDO is joining with Color of Change to launch Turn Off FOX — a massive campaign to get FOX turned off in stores, restaurants, and other public places.
Will you join us in calling on businesses in your community and across the country to stop airing FOX, and declare your own household a “FOX-free zone”? With thousands of our signatures to back them up, Turn Off FOX members will visit local businesses that play FOX, explain how divisive and dangerous it is, and ask them to turn it off.
Please take a moment to add your voice — you’ll get a FREE “Turn Off FOX” sticker, and we’ll tell you how to get more involved.
Some people watch Fox at home because it reflects their view of the world; but there are others who see it on TV in public places and assume that it’s legitimate news. FOX News is often on in bars, restaurants, airport lounges, stores — appearing to be real news, while spreading lies, hate, division and promoting the political agenda that was confirmed with FOX parent company News Corporation’s $1 million contribution to elect Republican governors.
The goal of Turn Off FOX is to reduce the number of public TVs showing FOX News, while spreading the word about FOX’s poison (and how it works) to those who don’t know.
Signing up for the campaign is just the first step. We make it easy for you to tell us about businesses playing FOX. If you’re willing to talk with them, we’ll provide you with straightforward materials that explain why they shouldn’t be a party to what FOX is doing. And if there are businesses you know that want to tell the world they would never play FOX, you can help them declare themselves a “FOX-free zone.”
As businesses Turn off FOX and stand up as FOX Free, and as we encourage our friends and family to do the same, we’ll help make clear, to people across the country, what FOX is about. And we’ll reduce their ability to do harm.
Join us in standing up to FOX, and we’ll give you a free Turn Off FOX sticker. And then please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets