We’ve recently been asked by a number of PTC members about why we’ve gone after Fox for some of its programming, when there are a lot of Fox shows that they enjoy, such as The O’Reilly Factor. Here’s the explanation.
“Fox” is a huge mega-corporation with many different divisions and networks – most of which use the word “Fox” somewhere in their title. But each of these networks is separate from the others. Some networks show news (like Fox News); some show sports; and most show entertainment. But they are all separate.
The PTC does not take issue with content on the Fox News Channel, just as we do not with CNN or MSNBC. These networks deal exclusively with news and political commentary. Our concern is entertainment programming, especially that attractive to – and influential with – children and teens.
So when we criticize “Fox”, we’re not talking about Fox News. We’re talking about the Fox broadcast network (which is different from Fox News). The Fox broadcast network is the over-the-air channel that shows Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy cartoons Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show Sunday nights…and is aiming its sex-and-violence slathered Fox ADHD cartoons at children and teenagers on TV and over the Internet.
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