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November 07, 2003

Fox Lawsuits: More Support for Free Speech

Fox Cable Network is threatening criminal charges against staff members for circulating an email listing staff salaries of everyone in the division.

And what dark reason would justify seeking to enforce secrecy and suppress free expression?

Profits of course:

A former Fox executive noted that the revelation of staff salaries was likely to cause dissension in the ranks and predicted it would lead to a parade of executives looking to renegotiate their contracts.

"If a senior vice president at one network finds out his counterpart at another network is making $30,000 more than he is, he's going to march into his boss's office to make up the difference. It will be a huge pain," the former executive said.

It gets harder and harder to seriously refer to Fox as being involved in "journalism" in any meaningful sense; they betray every serious value of free expression and truth, from lawsuits to internal censorship.

Posted by Nathan at November 7, 2003 01:45 PM