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If Fox News is so ignorant of facts, why so many viewers?

Posted Sep 17, '12 at 10:56pm

jeol

jeol

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It's not that Fox News is great at stating the facts, but the fact that they are the only large right-wing news organization out there, compared to the however-many left-wing news organizations there are. I don't suppose GBTV and 'The Blaze' and 'The Drudge Report' and radio talk-show hosts would count as a large news organization.

 

Posted Sep 18, '12 at 12:34am

MageGrayWolf

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Knight

It's not that Fox News is great at stating the facts, but the fact that they are the only large right-wing news organization out there,

Large or small is there a truthful right-wing news organization?

 

Posted Sep 18, '12 at 3:05pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

5,011 posts

All media is biased

NPR seems quite straight.
BBC is usually swayed to the left, but at least there's a lot less filler than most other networks.

 

Posted Sep 19, '12 at 2:52pm

jeol

jeol

3,565 posts

Large or small is there a truthful right-wing news organization?

Technically, yeah; same with the left-wing. It's just that they report and abstain from reporting certain events and follow some standard of beliefs and opinions. Most of it is truth or opinion, in which case if it isn't they will most likely apologize if they found out they were wrong.

 

Posted Sep 19, '12 at 5:42pm

partydevil

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5,109 posts

BBC is usually swayed to the left, but at least there's a lot less filler than most other networks.

the problem i got whit the BCC is not that they lie like fox.
but in political interviews, the interviewer often cuts of the interviewed. pushing forward their view instead is listening what the other has to say. they could show some more respect for those they interview.

 

Posted Sep 19, '12 at 5:55pm

Skestork

Skestork

7 posts

First, a slight apology - I'm scandinavian and as such should be regarded as a homosexual commie-satanist - There's my bias out in the open...

I think Fox gets a lot of bad press for being... well... really quite bad press. Almost everything that I have heard or seen come out of that delusional dark pit of backworldsmen bubbling with bigoted fear, has been an insult to the basic tenets of decent journalism - at least insofar as I was taught when I went to the danish school of journalism...

One of these tenets would be the enlightenment of the general public - Fox simply does not enlighten. Another would be proper use of sources, so just to make sure I'm not percieved as being as bad as Fox; here you go: [url= http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/2 … ]

I think it's a bit of a problem when the audience of a comedy-show are more enlightened about foreign politics and current affairs than that of actual news.

Before you cry 'havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war, telling me that Huffington is liberal media, please keep in mind, that Fairleigh Dickinson University is not.

 

Posted Sep 19, '12 at 11:16pm

SSTG

SSTG

11,113 posts

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Before you cry 'havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war, telling me that Huffington is liberal media, please keep in mind, that Fairleigh Dickinson University is not.

I sum it up this way: Democrats are Bugs Bunny and Republicans are Elmer Fudd.

On the Bugs Bunny side you have Bill Maher, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert who inform their audience with humor about the corruption in Washington from both side (Liberals and Conservatives) which is not always fun when you see the mess but at least they somehow inform us.

On the Elmer Fudd side you have Fox News, O'Reilly, Hannetty, Rush Limbaugh and other out of space idiots (Melvin the Martian) who totally misinform their audience which is composed of 100% hardcore right wing zealots who are against abortion, homosexuals, health care and education.

So here's a discussion between them.
Bugs Bunny: "What's up Doc, so Romney call 47% of the Americans lazy unemployed parasites?
Elmer Fudd: "Hooo I hate you Libewals, I will shoot you dead with my Wiffle!"

There you have it!
Meanwhile, many Americans live in fear because they don't have a job and are scared to death to be sick because they will lose their home for sure.

 

Posted Sep 20, '12 at 12:46pm

StarOfPathz

StarOfPathz

12 posts

OK for one thing those "Bugs bunny people" are supposed to be funny. I don't think they care what side of politics they make fun of as long as they get views.

Those "Elmer Fudd" people are talk show host. They don't even try to say they are unbiased.

Why don't you go watch a a cnn political talk show host. you will see they obviously are biased to liberals. I like Colbert but you can't call him the same as a political talk show host. He is a comedian.

 

Posted Sep 20, '12 at 1:21pm

Skestork

Skestork

7 posts

I like Colbert but you can't call him the same as a political talk show host. He is a comedian.

And still people who watch his (or at least Jon Stewart's) or no news-show at all are more knowledgeable about current events both foreign and domestic than those who watch Fox News exclusively.

By the way I see, that I bungled the link in my last reply so I'll have another go at it: [url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/fox-news-less-informed-new-study_n_1538914.html]

 

Posted Sep 20, '12 at 9:28pm

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

1,343 posts

OK for one thing those "Bugs bunny people" are supposed to be funny. I don't think they care what side of politics they make fun of as long as they get views.

it's called satire, and you would really benefit from watching it.

Why don't you go watch a a cnn political talk show host. you will see they obviously are biased to liberals. I like Colbert but you can't call him the same as a political talk show host. He is a comedian.

colbert is a satirist. his job is to not only inform you, but to persuade you to his view by making you laugh. satire is very potent if done right.

-Blade

 
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