Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fox News: self-righteous and oblivious

Finding examples of flagrant hypocrisy and rank idiocy on the eminently self-righteous Fox "News" is like shooting fish in a barrel.

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But I'm not sure the critics really understand. Fox has never been concerned with truth, and that's not its fault; it came into existence because its product was in demand, and it continues to exist because its product still is in demand. If you want to place fundamental fault somewhere, blame the people who tune in to lap it all up. Just as with our politicians, we have exactly the media we deserve.

Update, 28 January 2011: Part Two:

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Yes, that's how it is: "But I was late!"

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Hume's Ghost said...

You got to give Fox credit where credit is do, they sure do excel at finding some of the most intellectually dishonest hacks shamelessly peddling falsehoods that you can imagine.

When I heard Kellly childishly declare the guy "wrong" I almost broke a rib laughing, since I do actually watch Fox and know that such comparisons are a dime a dozen. Stewart pointing out the Kelly segment with Goldberg is priceless, though, for so perfectly demonstrating how full of it she - and Fox news in general - is.

And then after I stopped laughing, I switched back to depression as I recalled how Foxified my community is and how there seems to be no level of embarrasing wrongness that can discredit conservative pundits.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure you really understand. The issue isn't truth. It's rhetoric. And fault is never mentioned. You make the same mistake as O'Reilly -- twice.

Don't put a comma after "but" when it starts a sentence.

Mark Vuletic said...

You're right about the comma. I tend to overuse them; one of the perils of knowing too much German. Corrected, and thank you.

The initial issue is precisely that of truth. Who said what? Stewart's secondary concern is with rhetoric. But I part with him, and with people like you, who seem to be in the "all-less-than-optimally-polite-words-are-equal" camp. When a word fits, it should be used. When it does not, it should not be used. Everyone in this situation who used the word "Nazi" was out of line. My calling Kelly "oblivious" and "self-righteous" was accurate.

One of the things I used to like about Fox News is that people on it did not hesitate to call things the way they are, instead of dancing around everything in the customary over-polite, politically correct manner. I parted with them once they decided it helped their ratings to substitute rhetoric for truth.