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Posted on 02/16/2014 7:50:42 PM PST by campg
We deserve better than Fox News
Ive gathered information for this column from two recent books: David Brocks The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine (2012) and Gabriel Shermans The Loudest Voice in the Room, (2014).
Both books deserve serious attention, if only to refute. If you watch Fox News, you owe it to yourself to understand its history and outlook. If you find Fox News unbalanced and unfair, both books offer powerful support.
Thinking Americans whether liberal or conservative have every reason to feel deeply, constantly, seriously dissatisfied.
(1) Watching Fox News/Nation degrades your knowledge of our world. Granted, a few hits of Hannity or OReilly now and then wont hurt, but regularly believing Fox pundits assertions only makes you ignorant. Brock points out that Polls consistently find Fox News viewers among the most ignorant on a variety of issues.
He goes on to list several bits of misinformation that Fox viewers tell pollsters they believe because they heard it on Fox. Moreover, the University of Maryland released a study finding that Fox News viewers were the most misinformed audience of any major news network.
According to that study, 91 percent of Fox viewers believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs, 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit, 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse, 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts, 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout. It goes on.
And Fox viewers constantly get told that Obama has become a dictator because of his constant use of executive orders. The truth: Obama has issued the fewest executive orders of any president, certainly including G.W. Bush. (168 to 291).
I strongly believe in checking with a variety of sources on all assertions from media, but especially anything from Fox News. By the way, if you think the mainstream media is just as bad, youve already been Fox-newsed.
2. Foxs pundits and its biased news amount to paranoid and melodramatic nonsense much of the time, thanks to boss Roger Ailes. Ailes, the founder and overseer of Fox, behaves as if the whole world is out to get him and runs his news outfit like any paranoid would -- obsessed with grand conspiracies, filled with fear and hatred of anyone who opposes his wacky ideas.
As Sherman points out, Through Fox, Ailes helped polarize the American electorate, drawing sharp, with-us-or-against-us lines, demonizing foes, preaching against compromise. At least some of our current gridlock goes back to hard right groups who leap off the deep end at the very mention of compromise.
Brocks book enhances that point, Ailess paranoid style and its resulting aggressive and over-the-top reactions create a climate of fear among current and former employees. [A biographer of Rupert Murdoch] observed, Everybody outside Fox News and Inside News Corp. is afraid of Roger Ailes.
3. The best reason to question Fox? Personal health, both mental and physical. Taking Foxs distorted worldview seriously will make you as paranoid and angry as they are. Fox viewers become victims of confirmation bias, meaning they get told only what they want and need to believe.
They assert that Obama is a socialist, then only show stories that supposedly prove it. Or the worst president ever. That opinion is simply ridiculous, but not to those who only watch Fox News. Thats all they hear and know.
In a surprisingly short time, steady viewers see evidence of Foxs absurdities everywhere. Any ideas to the contrary get put in the enemy camp.
They grow to distrust anyone who brings up opposing ideas, and end up stressed out, furious, and impossible to talk to about anything but weather and sports. Thats where we are now, thanks partly to Ailes and Fox News.
We all deserve better.
The Left ALWAYS tell you what and who they hate and fear.
Does David Brock still think Glenn Beck is sending assassins after him? LOL
That's funny, I have a poll right here that states anyone who believes a word David Brock says is, or immediately becomes a flaming homosexual with flames shooting out of their arse.
Some Conservatives have tons of money. Why don’t the really rich ones start a conservative channel. I think it is easier to complain.
Local radio plays one of Rushs shows on Sunday afternoon, and then goes to an audio of Fox News Sunday.
I only lasted about 3 minutes into Rove today before I hit the tuner.
Scott Cawelti was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), graduating with a vocal music education degree in 1965 and a Masters Degree in English in 1968, and a Ph.D in Modern Letters from the University of Iowa in 1978. Dr. Cawelti taught at UNI from 1968-2008. During his career at UNI, Dr. Cawelti taught numerous writing, film, and literature courses, as well as American Civilization, collaborating with three other faculty on a humanities cluster course, consisting of Humanities II, American Civilization, Expository Writing, and Oral Communication.
We deserve better than Fox News but it’s for the opposite reason from what Brock thinks.
“72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit”
Uhhh...it IS. Medicare Fix, anyone? Pending insurer bailouts, anyone?
“72 percent believe the economy is getting worse”
The funadmentals sure ain’t getting better, bub. Cut off that Fed money inflating the market and let’s see how things fare.
“63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts”
It didn’t. It contained gimmicky tax credits and temporary (and super gimmicky) payroll tax shenanigans, but there were no true and permanent tax cuts in the stimulus that I am aware of.
“The truth: Obama has issued the fewest executive orders of any president, certainly including G.W. Bush. (168 to 291).”
The real truth: It’s not the number of executive orders that is the problem, it’s that the one’s he’s been doing of late are beyond the scope of his constitutional authority.
What a butt-kissing little weasel this author is.
What a doofus. I bet bunny rabbits scare him too.
Brock is still playing in the bathhouses of the liberal elite.
The author of this column is doing a “fronting” hitpiece for Brock and his Democrat Party masters and for George Soros.
Some of his “points” have already been shown to be lies and disinformation, esp. regarding the Stimulus Bill (losing $650+ million on Solyndra should be a wakeup call to anyone with half a brain. That obviously leaves out the writer and brock. Lost, gone, stolen - political contributions to Obama for giving them the guaranteed loan (who pays for a guaranteed loan except for the taxpayer. Under Obama, it isn’t the unions at GM, nor Solyndra’s donor head/flunkies).
File this column under “Fiction - Smear piece” and read it once in a while to imagine what it was like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany with Der Sturmer putting out stuff like this every day.
The writer is correct if you think that:
The DOJ should smugle guns to the Mexican cartels.....and then arrest gun dealers who followed their instructions.
If you think that it is OK for the IRS to be used to beat down political opponents.
If you think obumbler care is a good idea.
If you think the red house should call major news reporters and news paper columnists and threatening them.
If you think it OK for NSA to spy on your lawyer, as well as on you.
If you think that it is OK for obumbler to write law through executive action rather than through congress.
Then you are right. MSNBC is preferable to FOX.
David Brock has spent the last decade apologizing to liberals for his role in creating the vast right-wing conspiracy. Now hes trying something more ambitious and hoping it gains him the respect he craves from the White House.
At Media Matters headquarters in Washington, D.C., scores of headphone-wearing staffers spend their days (and nights) staring into their television screens and computer monitors, waiting for the latest bits of conservative misinformation to emerge from the Fox News Channel and other corners of the right-wing media landscape, all of which are saved on the big TiVo270 terabytes worth of hard drive that store over 300,000 hours of TV showsso that the offending clips can be uploaded to Media Matters website. Are you in need of a compendium of the 50 Worst Things Glenn Beck Said on Fox News? Fear not, Media Matters site has one.
Hes a cluster alright
Homosexual propagandist imbecile
America’s young Marxist can not tolerate dissension.
They expect ALL of the media to be in the line of the old Radio Albania,(faux)Pravda, and Radio Moscow.
Radio Tirana was the best. Every sentence had the term “Marxist-Leninist” inserted. They also expect all of the people to have great respect for Dear Leader.
Yes, we deserve better. That’s why I listen to Breitbart. They keep the faith. No Karl Roves, Ann Coulters or Bill O’Reillys on that program.
however, conservatives always score high on current affairs and history...that's just the way we are...we are critical thinkers and don't drink the koolaid.....
Media Matters founder and Hillary Clinton ally David Brock has co-authored a 90-page e-book called The Benghazi Hoax, a tome intended as a counterweight of sorts to criticisms of the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama over the 2012 attacks in Libya.
The book, which comes out Tuesday, is as much about pushing back against criticisms by the right that Obama is a weak president who has hurt America in the world, Brock said.
These groups are all relatively new and untested, he said. However, Rand Paul, who may run for president, said that Benghazi was a disqualifier for Secretary Clinton for higher office, and you know, I mean, thats baloney.
And I think we show in the book that Secretary Clinton was involved in forming global anti-terror policies that were tough and successful moreso than I think the last administrations [were], Brock said. She took responsibility for the security lapses even though [it was found] that she didnt have knowledge of the reductions. That night she was engaged and a steady hand, and then after the fact, I think her focus was on trying to keep diplomats safe in the future. I think every step of the way she did the right thing.
The book offers a sweeping criticism of a number of Republicans, including last years GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as well as members of the media. That includes but is not limited to several Fox News anchors, whom Brock describes as hoaxters interested in tarnishing Obama and Clinton, and, by extension, former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.
People have missed the fact that Benghazi was not only a tragedy, but it was a night of valor, said Brock.
The book also addresses criticism of Cheryl Mills, Clintons chief of staff at State who was accused of trying to muzzle testimony from within her department.
Brock was adamant that people pay too much attention to the portion of Media Matters work that deals with the Clintons.
I think that sometimes theres inordinate attention to the work we do on the Clintons, because the media is obsessed with [the Clintons], especially lately, he said.
You would think there would be at least one conservative channel on cable TV
News is news and opinion is opinion - there should be no merging of them.
David Brock, the founder of Media Matters for America, is not one of my patients. I have not interviewed him, and I would never hazard a diagnosis of him. He is, however, a public and influential person whose history of destructive behavior, admitted drug abuse and even reported psychosis, may be best seen through a psychological lens.
Now, onto David Brock.
First, it is important to note that Brock has a history of allying with whichever political group has shown him the most regard.
During the 1990s he attacked Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill and also wrote sharply critical articles and books about Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In a somewhat ominous and psychologically violent use of language, he described himself as a right-wing hit man.
Yet, when his book “The Seduction of Hillary Rodham” wasnt embraced by politicians on the right, Brock grew bitter. He then recanted a great deal of what he had written about the Clintons, exposed one of his confidential sources (despite this being journalistically unethical) and began to cultivate a left-wing following.
A sailboat adrift, in danger of capsizing, looks for the strongest wind to keep it moving. Direction matters little or not at all when drowning is the other option. Brock would seem to be captaining such a ship-of-self.
Without stoking and tapping the hatred of one political group for another, without basking in the praise of elders who tell him he is worthwhile, his own self-loathing might be unbearably palpable.
Indeed, even as a young man, Brock was so needy of attentionso desperate for regard from an audience (and perhaps any audience)that he admits, “I demonized my enemies on the staff...” at his college newspaper while he was a student at Berkeley.
So it is also no surprise that Brock suffered for a time with delusional thinkingfixed and false beliefs, such as paranoia. A man cannot live untethered from his soul forever, lest he float free of all tethers to reality.
Seen through this psychological lens, Brocks reported obsession with arming himself and being protected by body guards and running from snipers on rooftops would be nothing more than fleeing from the overheated projections of his self-loathing.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team.
David Brock? David Brock? David Brock...Really?
Oh for crying out loud, quit looking at Fox News or any-damn-place to do your thinking for you. Gather information from various sources and use your brain. It’s called “critical thinking”....much more productive than WHINING.
Media Matters Volatile and Erratic Founder David Brock
“Brock wasn’t a liar for any larger cause, but simply a liar.”
The contentious life of David Brock, founder of the leftist media watchdog, Media Matters for America, has made headlines since his radical conversion from self-described right-wing hitman to self-imagined media rebel leader of the far left.
Brock made himself an instant darling of the left when he published his infamous tell-all, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (2002). The book covers in lurid detail his period as a self-described right-wing hitman. Brock presented it as a confessional, chronicling the seductive evils of conservative media. Obviously, the left loved him for it.
Brocks rockstar status in leftist circles eventually opened doors to big leftist donors. The result: his brainchild Media Matters for America, which has aggressively selected members of the conservative media to discredit and discard. Despite Brocks self-chronicled dishonesty and his reported volatile and erratic (and increasingly paranoid) behavior, Media Matters relentless attacks on conservatives in the media have at times done real damage to individuals and organizations.
The last time I was able to watch Fox News was August 12th, 2013. That's when we cancelled our DirecTV. I used to think I'd miss it .... however as time passed I watch far less television and have taken on more productive things.
David Brock, Liar
A lifelong habit proves hard to break.
By Timothy Noah
Chatterbox is slightly taken aback at the respectful attention some liberals have given David Brock’s Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative. In the New York Times Magazine, Frank Rich called it “a key document for historians seeking to understand the ethos of the incoherent 90’s.” In The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg called it “an astounding account of fin-de-siecle Washington politics,” “an entertaining backstage sketchbook of scores of eccentric and mostly obnoxious characters,” and “a valuable book.” In The Nation, Michael Tomasky called it”mind-boggling. ... You cannot fully understand this fevered era without reading this book.”
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations
David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.
Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.
The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? Snipers, a former co-worker recalled.
He had more security than a Third World dictator, one employee said, explaining that Brocks bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they stood post to protect him. What movement leader has a detail? asked someone who saw it.
Extensive interviews with a number of Brocks current and former colleagues at Media Matters, as well as with leaders from across the spectrum of Democratic politics, reveal an organization roiled by its leaders volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness, and an office where Brocks executive assistant carried a handgun to public events in order to defend his boss from unseen threats.
Yet those same interviews, as well as a detailed organizational planning memo obtained by The Daily Caller, also suggest that Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media.
Why not a Freeper Video channel on Youtube?
Good idea. You know the left will organize campaigns to “flag” everything. Of course.
Moreover, the University of Maryland released a study finding that Fox News viewers were the most misinformed audience of any major news network.
Isn’t that a study that got several basic things wrong as far as what was and wasn’t?
When I see that the MSM totally ignore the IRS scandal and Benghazi, say nothing about Obama unconstitutionally making laws and always seem to be reading from the same talking points it is pretty obvious that not only are they biased, but do not have a shred of integrity. Also telling is that Obama is constantly ranting about Fox News, but says nothing about the other lapdog media. More revealing is the often voiced wish by liberals that the government should somehow shut down or muzzle Fox News so the stupid majority should only get their news from a liberal perspective.
The regressives are sociopaths.
Sociopaths ALWAYS accuse you of doing the very thing of which they are guilty. Especially so when called out or confronted with evidence of their perfidy. It is called sociopath projection by some and deflection by others.
Sick, insecure, damaged little children in adult bodies.
Of course what did Freud and Jung know. They would probably watch Fox News.
If God had created David Brock earlier, He wouldn’t have needed snakes.
Is this thread a joke? DAVID BROCK???
He is not a dictator because of his EOs. He is a dictator because he picks and chooses what laws he wishes to follow.
He is a thin skinned bigot socialist. And I never watch fox past noon.
Folks who watch Fox, CNN or the rest of the alphabet networks do it because the view presented closely represents that individuals particular world view.
They are all selling a product after all, and aiming it at a particular demographic. Anyone who believes any news source is providing anything but a biased view targeted to their particular audience is deluded.
People by nature only want to hear views they agree with.
I quit reading as soon as you started relying on David ? Bleech
How fast can you say “draft dodger?” I knew you could...
David Brock! LOL! The homosexual David Brock? LOL!
I remember reading "The Real Anita Hill". It was solidly researched and documented.
Then he received a one MILLION dollar bonus from American Spectator to write a Hillary biography.
It was actually surprising, because it was rather boring, and not full of real insights, like his Anita hill book.
Soon thereafter he wrote his "apology" to Bill Clinton, and attacked Emmett Tyrell, the American Spectator publisher.
Now he completely disavows his work in the Hill and Hillary book, by saying he was just "making it all up".
Why this guy is "trusted" by the left is beyond me.
Apparently he can be bought, if the price is right.
He's the "journalist" equivalent of Charlie Crist.
Complete sludge with no real moral center.
Wouldn't surprise me if the Soros $ dried up, he'd attempt suicide.
One can close comments on a video. It could have a link to redirect to an FR thread for those who want to discuss.
“Fox News isn’t perfect, but it is the closest thing to real journalism left in this country.”
In the seats and between the foul poles! A home run.
I’ve pretty much turned off the TV news. Get most of my news here at FReepers, BriteBart, The UK Telegraph, The UK Guardian & the AFP.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion even if they do lump care-givers and murderers together.
OK. just WTF is that????
As oppose to ancient Roman Letters????
Who cares what this Marxist thinks? We need a true Conservative TV network.
Pray America wakes up
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