Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fox newsreaders trained by watching Bogie in Casablanca

Apparently, at least according to this story, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox newsreaders learned their journalism by watching Hollywood’s Casablanca.
It certainly is true that Fox generates many popular, and some extremely well done, entertainment shows.
But they may have crossed that red line between news and entertainment.
Fox interviewed a reporter after the Charlie Hebdo who claimed to have covered Afghanistan and other war zones.
He said there were enclaves in Paris that were so controlled by Muslims that he was scared to go into them. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, whose knowledge of French neighborhoods is unlikely to extend beyond Bourbon Street, supported Fox.
Fox found another “contributor” who said there were parts of English that also were controlled by Islam of and were dangerous. Fox terrorism pundit Steve Emerson said Birmingham was a “totally Muslim city…” Jindal supported this also, saying there were veil-only areas for women in England.
French and British officials are outraged by the silliness, even though it was clearly only intended for ratings. It’s really nothing compared to listening in on the phone calls of families who have lost a child.
But to get to the point. In the best picture winning “Casablanca,” which opened during World War 2, hero Humphrey Bogart, who plays Rick, but is introduced only as Mr. Rick, has a night club which features gambling. One night the head of the Gestapo, Maj. Strasser, arrives.
Although the major has a file on Rick, who ran guns to rebels in Italian-invaded Ethiopia, he asks him his nationality. “I’m a drunkard…” The major then asks Rick’s views on how the war is going as the U.S. is not yet involved.
Major Strasser: “Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?
Rick: “It's not particularly my beloved Paris.
Strasser: “Can you imagine us in London?
Rick: "When you get there, ask me!
… Strasser: “How about New York?”
Rick: “Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade.”

Daily Telegraph

New York Times

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