July 10, 2006, - 3:13 pm

Conservative?: FOX News’ News Corp Launches Attack on McDonalds, Fast Food

Welcome to “Super Size Me,” the Sequel.
In May, “Fast Food Nation,” a fiction movie based on the Eric Schlosser book of the same name (taglines: “What the All-American Meal is Doing to the World;” “The Dark Side of the All-American Meal”), debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. The film will be distributed this fall by News Corp’s Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Both movie and book blame the nation’s fast-food chains for our country’s obesity problem. Starring uber-slacker Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the movie sounds horrid, down to the sob story about illegal aliens.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the movie

tells the story of an executive from a hamburger chain called Mickey’s [DS: hmmm . . . which real-life chain could “Mickey’s” be?] who visits a Colorado meatpacking town to determine why there’s something wrong with the meat in the company’s popular sandwich, the Big One. The plant is staffed with illegal immigrants who work in unpleasant conditions. Other story lines include a teenager who works at a Mickey’s who is frightened by a strig of robberies at nearby fast-food restaurants.

Oh, I get it: Fast food restaurants cause crime. Ri-i-i-i-ght. Gimme a break.
Schlosser is also the author of “Reefer Madness,” and it sounds like he’s smoked one to many in his quest to get pot decriminalized and fast food criminalized. Great priorities this man has.
He’s gone on a tour of middle schools in cities throughout America. So glad that he’s able to do what PETA never could–poison the minds of America’s kids against companies that provide an inexpensive, lawful (and yummy) product and jobs to millions of Americans.
For the record, my religious dietary restrictions prevent me from eating “McDonald’s” and the offerings of fast food chains (I’ve never eaten a Big Mac or a Whopper). But they have every right to serve America the convenience to which we are now accustomed and for which we have created a market. It is not their responsibility to exercise personal responsibility and appetite and waistline discipline for us.
So why is Rupert Murdoch attaching himself and his “conservative” News Corp to this very un-conservative and outlandish project?
When the movie comes out, show him that bashing America’s fast food restaurants and blaming them for our problems is not very $$$$$$-able. Ditto for whining about the working conditions of illegal alien lawbreakers at meat-packing plants who drove down wages and took jobs away from lawful Americans.

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5 Responses

I’d blame the meat packing industry for taking jobs away from Americans over the aliens. They’re the ones that are employing these people. In fact, the book pretty much does the same.

Manatoch on July 10, 2006 at 10:13 pm

For some strange reason, Murdock is backing Hillary in her Senate re-election and in her presidential aspirations. It’s very, very apparent in the stories about her in the NY Post, which he owns, and the Post makes no apologies for it.

Thee_Bruno on July 11, 2006 at 10:26 am

You don’t get it do you? Uncle Rupert is playing us all like a Stradivarius. He’s built up a media empire that caters to Conservatives (FNC, NY Post, Weekly Standard) Liberals (FOX Television, FX, Searchlight), idiots (TV Guide) and even teenagers who probably don’t even know what part of the political spectrum they’ll eventually fall under (Myspace).
Anyone who thinks Rupert Murdoch created the Fox News Channel because he’s a conservative is crazy. He created FNC because he saw that there wasn’t a conservative voice in cable news, and he saw an opportunity to make money by catering to people with a specific viewpoint. And it’s worked.
So remember this: FNC isn’t there to serve conservatives, it’s there to pander to conservatives, the same way a show like “Family Guy” is there to pander to a specific audience on FOX TV.
Tell the audience what they want to hear, and you’ll make a gajillion dollars. Rupert perfected that strategy, and as a capitalist I’ve got to applaud him.

Jlam on July 11, 2006 at 12:12 pm

Yawn. Murdoch is at it again. He’s a capitalist wanting more and more money. Conservative? No way. Opportunist? Hell yes. I betcha though, if Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken appraoched Fox to do a reality show together and they had to live in the sme studio for a month, they would do it. Speaking of Al Franken? Clear Channel is picking up more shows for Air America…wow!

KOAJaps on July 11, 2006 at 4:44 pm

We have become a fat hog which is now being led to an altar. Good that Fox is not ignoring this.

LibertasFeminis on July 13, 2006 at 10:20 pm

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