Whoâ€™s Afraid of the Big Bad Fox?
By: Bob Parks
I may be a Neo-Con, which is supposed to be some kind of insult, as the word kind of resembles Neanderthal. I guess I should admit Iâ€™m not smart enough to enjoy the Constitutional privilege that is free speech. Free speech is something Iâ€™m not supposed to understand. Free speech is reserved for the enlightened. Free speech is reserved for the tolerant. Free speech is reserved for progressive thought.
Unfortunately for liberals, thatâ€™s all bull and everyone knows it. Then again, you wouldnâ€™t know it if you read the website â€œNews Hounds: We watch FOX so you donâ€™t have to.â€
I set up the hypothesis in the opening paragraph. Liberals consider those who disagree with them intellectually inferior. Check out some of the entries on the subject of the Democrats pulling out of a presidential debate to be held in August because it was to be broadcast on the evil Fox News Channel.
What set this off?
Last Thursday night in D.C., Roger Ailes was awarded the First Amendment Award at an event thrown by the Television News Directors Association Foundation. Mimicking a news anchor, he said thisâ€¦.
â€œIt is true that Barack Obama is on the move. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true that President Bush called Musharraf and said, â€œWhy canâ€™t we catch this guy?â€
Now while this should have been a joke liberals could appreciate as it was mocking the â€œintelligenceâ€ of President Bush, the no-sense-of humor left lost their minds. Gail Shister of CNNâ€™s Reliable Sources said, â€œItâ€™s childish. I think itâ€™s high school the thing about making fun of his name. I think itâ€™s ironic that he made the remarks when he was getting an award for the First Amendment. And I also think that you could make the â€” Democrats could make the argument that, well, what if we called â€œAdolph Giulianiâ€? Names matter. Words are important.â€
Itâ€™s a bad thing to make fun of someoneâ€™s name, right Gail?
Democrats consider Fox News an arm of the Republican National Committee and all the other news organizations the real â€œfair and balancedâ€, right down the middle, and objective. While Fox News actually looks out for the opinions of conservatives and markets to an audience with nowhere else to go (if youâ€™re honest with yourself), progressives believe the public was well served with a neutral media.
Those of whom are considered imbeciles, are so because we keep a wary eye on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Free Speech TV, PBS, Comedy Central, E!, BET, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, ESPN, Lifetime, A&E, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, Cartoon Network, not to mention the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and so on. For some reason we canâ€™t accept the fact that one channel, Fox News, threatens all the other information outlets because more and more of our nationâ€™s embarrassments are tuning in and becoming brainwashed.
Besides the fact that the arrogance and level of conceit on the part of liberals seemingly grows by the event, the level of pity one must bestow upon them grows as well even though one must look past their mean-spirited, hateful, intolerant commentary.
Now, to the News Hounds thread highlightsâ€¦.
The editors at FOXNews.com ignored 145 articles listed in a Google search that objectively told of the decision by Nevada Democrats to cancel a Democratic presidential candidate debate that would have been hosted by the right-wing network. Rather, they chose an editorial from the Las Vegas Review Journal that condemned the decision, allowing FOX to publish the opinion while pretending to report a news item.
This is also how – through a technique known as â€œgatekeepingâ€, they are able to take a minority – even radical point of view, and make it appear as if itâ€™s the point of view held by the majority.
This article, apparently, an OpEd no less, represents 1/145ths (.007) of the media representation of this event. Yet this lone (or certainly tiny minority) of opinion is given the spotlight and therefore the appearance as being the norm.
Clearly, gatekeeping used in the way Fox â€œNoiseâ€ uses it, is intended to create a false reality – an illusion, for their audience of conservative morons.
Itâ€™s just another form of bullshit, another form of flagrant mendaciousness, another deceitful tactic, another method of â€œreality creationâ€ through propaganda by a â€œnewsâ€ organization that can only be described as corrupt lying sacks of shit run by a group of despicable assholes.
Yet, theyâ€™re flabbergasted that they were ditched. Good decision be the Demsâ€¦ raise your middle finger to Ailes, Murdoch, Oâ€™Relly, Hannity, Gibson, Cavuto and the rest of these assholes and give them a hardy â€œF-youâ€. â€™bout time.
- Toyomi Kanta
What a depressing country America must be for the left. A bunch of despicable assholes have so much influence over an audience of conservative morons. It must be such a shame that they have to share oxygen with right-wingers. Since liberals believe clean air is in such short supply, conservatives would be the first theyâ€™d have no problem cutting off from its usage.
In response to the Democratsâ€™ decision, David Rhodes, vice president for Fox News, said in a statement: â€œNews organizations will want to think twice before getting involved in the Nevada Democratic Caucus, which appears to be controlled by radical fringe out-of-state interest groups, not the Nevada Democratic Party. In the past, MoveOn.org has said they â€œownâ€ the Democratic Party. While most Democrats donâ€™t agree with that, itâ€™s clearly the case in Nevada.
Boy, Fox is just like Ann Coulter. They donâ€™t know when to shut the hell up.
- John T
I guess the truth hurts and all the free-speech left ever wants to do is shut anyone who disagrees with them the hell up. Odd that a December 2004 email readâ€¦.
â€œIn the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesnâ€™t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now itâ€™s our Party: we bought it, we own it, and weâ€™re going to take it back.â€
- Eli Pariser, Justin Ruben, MoveOn PAC
So the Internet activists now own the Democrat Party. If thatâ€™s the case, please explain to me thisâ€¦.
Iâ€™ve heard any number of liberal activists state unequivocally that last Novemberâ€™s election was a referendum on the war in Iraq and Democrats were going to bring the troops home. Okay, you believed that political bullshit. Not I.
Why havenâ€™t the Democrats done a â€œquick bleedâ€ and voted to defund the war and bring our people home now? Is it because, despite the assurances given to get them back in power, Democrats donâ€™t have the numbers, thus the â€œmandateâ€, and canâ€™t end the war? Could it be they knew they didnâ€™t have the numbers, but didnâ€™t think twice about using a bunch of folksong singing, sixties retreads just to put Democrats back in the majority?
Who really is the foolâ€¦?
â€œBottom line is that Fox spends 365 days a year bashing democrats,and there is no reason to let them have the debate there. I hope Fox is embarrassed and tries to claim exactly what you said, that the democrats surrendered. People are finally realizing what a bullshit network they really are,and will see right thru this crap.â€
Iâ€™m not sure the progressives here know whoâ€™s fooling whom? This little Vegas episode has brought about one constant: Presidential candidate John Edwards.
When Edwards was called a faggot by Ann Coulter, Edwards used the opportunity to fund raise on his campaign website. Now Edwards is making it known that the Las Vegas-debate-Fox News thing is all about him and itâ€™s time to dig deep and give him some of your money.
Fox News has already started striking back at John Edwards for saying no to their debate in Nevada. And Johnâ€™s not their only target.
Fox News Vice President David Rhodes is telling news organizations not to get involved in the Nevada Democratic Caucus because â€œradical fringeâ€ groups â€” meaning grassroots Democrats (that would be you) â€” objected to Foxâ€™s long history of spreading Republican propaganda at the expense of Democratic leaders.
Help us send a clear message to Fox News and their allies that their right-wing talking points and temper tantrums wonâ€™t go unchallenged anymore â€” when it comes to what Democrats should do in the Democratic primary, weâ€™ll decide â€” no matter what they report.
-John Edwards for President website
So, was this a matter of Edwards showing principle and not participating in a forum he deemed rigged, or was this a ploy to justify a campaign money pitch while making everyone think he has some kind of principle?
As weâ€™re talking about a trial lawyer, who really knows for sureâ€¦?
Actually, it is VERY cool how the little guys have had a say in how the Democratic party should handle its own debates.
Now Fox News is angry, BDFâ€¦ they will bash Democrats for ANYTHING, repeat ANYTHING they do maybe thatâ€™s becoming clear to folks.
Itâ€™s about freaking time someone in the Democratic party grew some balls and said NO to those American Fascists and their Reich-wing GOP propaganda machine.
Btw, first post on â€œGatekeepingâ€â€¦ fascinating, one of many Fox News propaganda techniques.
So, Republicans and conservatives are American Fascists and the Reich Wing. When was the last time a conservative shouted down a liberal? When was the last time a conservative ever moved to stifle a liberalâ€™s free speech in a college or a televised debate?
Weâ€™ve been all over this before, but itâ€™s the tolerant, benevolent, compassionate left that consistently shouts down those they disagree with. Itâ€™s the tolerant, benevolent, compassionate left that seeks censorship whenever some moron has the nerve to disagree with them. Public challenges to their wisdom will never be tolerated.
If all ideas are welcome (as liberals profess), whatâ€™s wrong with hearing an alternative point of view? Fox News is guilty of having more conservatives on their broadcasts than liberal can stomach. Usually Republicans come on one at a time during a traditional news presentation. Having more than one on at a time is a form of liberal sacrilege.
It doesnâ€™t â€œexpose holesâ€ – it communicates republican talking points and smears anything liberal and/or democrat. And there is a lot wrong with Fox being a â€œrepublican networkâ€ as news networks are supposed to be objective and not in the tank for any party. Fox claims that it is â€œfair and balancedâ€ (no other networks makes claims vis-a-vis its objectivity) and it isnâ€™t. Propaganda is not â€œgood journalism.â€
But hereâ€™s my challenge – name one pundit on any other network, who has, as a guest, a Dick Morris type whose sole purpose is to smear a republican candidate for president.
Iâ€™ll name two: Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher. There are many who push liberalism on a fairly veiled, consistent basis. Judy Woodruff, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Randi Rhodes, Tavis Smiley,
The republican party is crumbling under the weight of the neocon philosophy and their barely intelligent minions refuse to be able to input that informationâ€¦they donâ€™t want to go there, admit error, go outside of their box. neocons have ruin the republican party. Hopefully for a generation, or more.
It would appear the benevolent left considers conservatives dumb as stones. Fortunately, itâ€™s that kind of overconfidence and arrogance that will lead to an eventual electoral turnaround that they wonâ€™t see coming.
Unfortunately, thatâ€™s how the left looks at everyone not progressive. The look down upon those as less intelligent, and that kind of thinking leaves them vulnerable to people that really do have brains. Whether weâ€™re talking about Republicans or al Qaeda, someone is going to sneak up and bite Democrats where some are said to have their pride. As usual, they will blame everyone for not thinking as they do and thatâ€™s why they were defeated. Not because the progressive message is one of snobbery, elitism, and dishonesty.
I say dishonesty because a person comfortable with his/her facts will debate anyone, any day, on any television channel. However, it seems that the left cannot debate in a situation they cannot control. Sad.
As a retreaded soldier serving his country long after his original enlistment, I daily wade through the mess created by the chickenhawk followers of fnc, those spineless, Kool-Aid-laced zombies are quick to hurl invective, calling those of us who actually serve the use our brains â€œcowardsâ€ and worse. They are the real traitors to America. Maybe they can pick up some real estate in New Guinea and start their own Utopia with Prez Douche Limpbaugh and mAnne the veep, sort of like the displaced National Socialists in the â€œBoys from Brazil.â€
Iâ€™m totally for the movement for all Democrats to refuse to be on fnc and any other Murdoch outlet. It is a choice not to appear. Any other network is acceptable.
Oh, and hannity sucks ass.
If you want to see writing comparable to fnc and their stubborn, flat-earth wingnut adherents, go to the official news website of North Korea. Really, the jokes here about bush being like the â€œDear Leaderâ€ in the eyes of their shrinking followers is bang-on.
I said dishonest because of the many times Iâ€™ve heard a caller on a talk radio show preface his/her remarks by saying they voted for Reagan or Bush, BUTâ€¦. They then go into a stereotypical liberal rant that exposes them as liars. Why not just say who you are and what you think? Why the knee-jerk to deceive?
Mr. vonBeavis is no retreaded soldier. I know of no American soldier who would use a derogatory adjective to describe himself, and then call those whose rights he swore to protect the typical names liberals use to boost their already inflated egos. By any means necessary are the rules the left live by, and weâ€™ve seen many firsts over the years. Now, a broadcast network has been denied the opportunity to televise a presidential debate.
Should the next president be a Democrat, weâ€™ll see a further emboldening of the MoveOn.org types. Certain politicians may avoid certain venues and the American public will be the losers. However, should the next president be a Republican, should the House and Senate go back to the right, will the progressives admit the screwed up? Will they reaffirm their belief that the only reason they lost was because we were all too damn stupid to appreciate their wisdom?
Judging from what happened in Nevada and the aftermath what do you think?
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, and VP of Marketing and Media Relations/Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (www.thenma.org).