When you're looking for a conspiracy theory about Barack Obama's secret history as a Kenyan Satanist, Fox News is the place to go. When you want a detailed report on sociocultural matters of any degree of nuance, however, Fox News is probably the last place you should turn. Murdoch's finest has proved this yet again, while stepping on the toes of the underground dance community.

Last week, Fox 11 News in Los Angeles released an undercover report on the city's warehouse party scene. The segment began with narration referring to warehouses as "dangerous" and "illegal" and then introduced the mother of a man who was shot outside of a party in Anaheim this year. These warehouse parties, Fox suggests, are dens of iniquity, rampant with violence, and everyone should be alarmed because we're all going to get shot. 

The investigation continues as Fox ridealong with a Sheriff as he shuts down a party in Compton before it even starts, ripping down the blue tarp from a gate and arresting some young entrepreneurs and presumably setting them down a path of (even more illegal) crime.

Finally, the crew seems to make it downtown, but not until after being given the runaround by a warehouse checkpoint guy. Respect. When the cameras finally make it inside of a party, what do they find? People Dancing?! Shock! Horror! A Bar?! What has become of kids these days? They're drinking and dancing?! Reprobates! What will become of them?

 

 

Unfortunately, Fox News does not have a nuanced enough understanding of the phenomenon to understand that the three parties they visited--Anaheim, Compton, Downtown--are actually part of three totally different scenes who have all taken to utilizing industrial space semi-legally. Fox insinuates that there's all one big conspiracy of wasted minors plotting to shoot one another in between dance sessions and contraband Tecates, but unfortunately, that is not the case. The "Warehouse Party" isn't so much a scene as it is an apparatus, upon which many scenes, from hip-hop to techno, build their events, away from the piercing eyes of capitalism, law enforcement, and network news teams.

Fox's attempt to stir up more controversy in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland was a desperate grab at relevancy, and it failed miserably. They seemed even more out of touch than the rave-braving reporters of the early 1990s, uncovering the mystery of 'E' and acid house. Fox 11 should stick to covering cats stuck up trees, because their misreporting is more "dangerous" than most of these parties could ever be.