Monday, November 19, 2007

Abandoning Any Pretense Now....

There's obviously not a lot of mileage these days in pointing out the absurdity of Fox News. At this point everyone pretty much gets it -- including the legions of loyal viewers who cherish that absurdity. I haven't tuned in for more than a few seconds in years, and even those quick glimpses have been because of an errant finger on the remote control more than anything else. But this screenshot reminded me of what I've been missing.

I don't think it's a stretch to predict that future social historians, trying to explain how and why this country went off the rails early in the 21st century, will feature Fox prominently. What we still don't know, I fear, is the extent of the catastrophe they'll use as context.

10 Comments:

Blogger LFC said...

Faux News has been a stroke of genius. It's a totally partisan source of "news", but they're defense is that everybody who isn't as right-wing and GOP apologist as they are must be part of the "liberal media".

Yep. Fair and balanced. Just like the National Enquirer.

11/19/2007 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly they have a lot of people convinced they are fair and balanced. Mother included. Smart people, no matter the political affiliation, know Faux is a PR arm of the GOP - they just don't care. But people like my mom get most of their news and opinions from Faux.

11/19/2007 3:11 PM  
Anonymous an unhelpful lot said...

That's not much different than CNBC with their breaking news "Dow up 4% for 2007." That while the dow was down about 235 at the moment.

11/19/2007 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think less and less people get their news from Fox. What's worrying to me is that those who are still watching are ever more fanatically devoted to it. Man, Rupert Murdoch sure knows how to kill democracies.

11/19/2007 9:48 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Most people assume Fascist's force their views on others...not really. Some people are simply attracted to Fascism. And wholeheartedly support it. They give the Fascists the power they need by their loyal support. No government can function without many loyal supporters.

11/20/2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Ramu said...

Fox flourishes in a special corner of the anti-taxation mindset -- that of not taxing the intelligence, or the little that remains among its public. Changing the metaphor: Fox offers the broadcast equivalent of junk food; meaty servings which are easy to swallow, excitingly packaged, seeming to satisfy a hunger for answers, and wonderfully edible. I suppose I mean 'plausible'.

11/20/2007 3:44 PM  
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