Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, July 28, 2006

Fox News

Liberals, Lefties, Kool-Aid Drinkers, stop bashing Fox News. I understand you don’t agree with the opinions and views expressed on Fox News and instead you watch CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, the Daily Show, NPR, etc.
But, think about it like this. Why don’t you like Fox News? Is it because they have poor quality programming, or is it because you do not agree with the views expressed on Fox News? And if it is because you do not agree with the views expressed, then tell me why you don’t feel the same or as strongly about any other network or news outlet? Perhaps you don’t dislike other networks or disagree with other networks and outlets because they do not espouse views that disagree with your own; or translation – they are left.
Doesn’t it seem to reason that those on the Right like Fox News for a reason and don’t like the other outlets for a reason, while the opposite is true for those on the Left? Each is preaching to its own choir.
Let’s be honest, no news is objective. A Producer decides what is newsworthy typically using their own ideas on what is newsworthy. Then they pick talking heads to expound on the story in the light that they deemed newsworthy to support their original decision. Amount of time spent on a story, sources, talking heads, etc, those are all subjective, not objective. In a truly objective news story you should disagree with half of what they are saying or they are not presenting both sides.
So next time you are watching the news, see if you disagree with around half of the “information,” if you do then it is most likely objective news. If you agree with everything they are saying, then not only is it not objective, but you are also most likely not watching Fox News.
The Right loves Fox News because it is slanted to the Right, so ask yourself why the Left seems to love the rest of the media.


Blogger one more patriot said...

I agree, but I don't understand why Fox News is conservative and the rest of their programming is so liberal. It seems they want to still pander to both audiences.

Posted by one who thinks television is one of the worst social ills and keeps people "programmed" to the networks "truth".

Sat Jul 29, 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i don't tune in to any of those news sources. i don't watch american news programs and i try to get my news stories from ap or reuters. i really don't have a clue why people think that all of those talking head shows are so great. they aren't informative and all they do is shout at each other. i agree with what you are saying- that's why i don't go the major news networks.

Sat Jul 29, 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

The day that news is created and disseminated (sp?) by a emotion-less computer programs, with emotion-less programmers vectoring the logic, that is the day news will be objective. In the meantime.... it is what it is.

Sun Jul 30, 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

OMP, The sides are not pandering to an audience as much as Fox is a collective of journalists and producers who have a conservative mindset, while the other outlets are a collection of journalists and producers with a Liberal mindset. Yes, there are exceptions, Lou Dobbs on CNN and Tucker Carlson on MSNBC being another. The ones in charge are the ones that decide what is and isn’t news and who should deliver and describe those stories; personal bias weighs more heavily than audience pandering.

Betmo, but you can’t avoid those news sources, unless you don’t have a television and don’t receive one of the nation’s major newspapers, you are indoctrinated with news and that news is most likely going to have a liberal slant. Like I said, watch or read the news, and if you agree with everything they say then there is a problem, or if you disagree. In every story you should think they are right on in half and idiots the other half of the time.

TP, glad to see you are back in the saddle.

Sun Jul 30, 02:37:00 AM  
Blogger mistyforeverlost said...

Hey, I *like* Fox news and never got the memo that I wasn't supposed to.

I hear alot about how this news station is slanted to the right and that one is slanted to the left. I guess I don't see it.

Sun Jul 30, 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I do most of my newsfinding on the web and on conservative radio. When I listen to Beck, at least I know I'm getting stories with a grain of salt thrown in.

Sun Jul 30, 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

It's the whole "Fair and Balanced" thing they were pumping out. When they take a specific viewpoint, there is nothing fair and balanced about it. I'm not saying the others don't, but at least they don't try to tell you otherwise. I will give Fox News the nod on best looking female anchors...if I do watch, it's not because I want news.

Mon Jul 31, 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I forgot to mention that I'd like to punch John Gibson square in the face. It'd just make me feel good.

Tue Aug 01, 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Faux News used to get me riled by that "fair & balanced" bilge they were pushing, but even they seemed to have had to admit to the fact that they are "The Right-Wing Voicebox Network," the Bush regime's version of Pravda.

Now I just find them amusing, like Olbermann says of "comedian Rush Limbaugh." And it is still fun to beat up on clowns like Sean Hannity every once in a while, but he is such a one-note knucklehead, even that's getting old...

Keep in mind, however, that not all of us on the "Left" are as infatuated by the rest of the media as you might think. I really do not like CNN or MSNBC, for example, which are always held up by the Right as somehow exemplifying "left-wing media." Right. The one features folks like Bill Bennett and the other gives Joe Scarborough (WHO???) a full HOUR every night. One tires quickly of Wolf (not his real name!) Blitzer and cute little Anderson Cooper in yet another shirt with epaulettes.

My favorite video voices, all unfair and imbalanced? Olbermann, Stewart, and Colbert, none of whom makes *any pretense* of being a "journalist" the way a hack like John Gibson does.

If I want news, I read.

Wed Aug 02, 07:17:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I think I agree straight down the board with QD here. I have always liked Olbermann, whether it was SportsCenter or MSNBC, and I love the way he goes after O'Reilly. Stewart and COlbert are a riot. Whenever I see WOlf Blitzer, I always think of the Waynes World sketch where Wayne says about Wolf Blitzer"s name, "He made it up for the war." Local TV and newspapers are my main source of news...even though sometimes the coverage is poor at best. In that case, I hit up some news sites online and go from there.

Thu Aug 03, 05:40:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

What would serve us all best would be a media like the one they seem to have in England. When you pick up The Guardian, for example (or read it online, as I do, a lot), you KNOW you're getting the Left / Labor viewpoint. They make no bones about it. So if you want the "truth," you read that, and a right-wing / Tory paper, and maybe a third, more moderate one, and then - dare I say it - THINK for yourself.

I don't think the problem is "the media." I think that most people don't want to do the work that goes into critical thinking.

That, and the fact that we as a culture would rather be entertained than informed.

Thu Aug 03, 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well I think Fair and Balances is more a slogan to show that this is the other side of the story, so now the news is Fair and Balanced because you get their side and now here is our side. By having the two sides, the news is fair and balanced. I of course still think Fox is a more “fair and balances” all-news station than any of the other though.

Thu Aug 03, 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Wow are you ever grasping at straws there, Publius. How would one decipher, "We Report, You Decide"? I personally liked the guy who made t-shirts that said "We Distort, You Comply"...they sued the crap out of him

Fri Aug 04, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Simple rogue, Fox reports the news as well as the rest of the liberal media, and the people can decide which version or interpretation of the news they believe is correct. I am going to go with Fox not only because they are expressing views similar to my own, but also because sometimes Tiki Barber will help host Fox and Friends in the mornings.

Fri Aug 04, 09:57:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

The t-shirt guy won, by the way. I have one of those.

Sat Aug 05, 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, of course you have one of those t-shirts. Maybe next time when I am in Philly you and I can go out one night, you in your t-shirt and me in my Robert E. Lee t-shirt. We would make quite the pair.

Sun Aug 06, 02:22:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

I have as much chance of ever wearing a Robert E. Lee t-shirt as you do of wearing a Dixie Chicks shirt. Or as I do of wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey.

But it'd still be interesting.

Mon Aug 07, 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I don’t know, I still like the music by the Dixie Chicks; I just have a hard time with famous people coming out and bashing the leadership of the country when they do so little to help. It is easy to complain and say what is wrong than to actually try and do something to fix the problem.
But, I would say that I think you should take some time and learn more about Robert E. Lee because he was one of the finest Americans to ever live. Which side he fought for in the war had little to do with ideology and instead with geographic location. He did not fight for slavery and instead he fought for Virginia.

Mon Aug 07, 10:00:00 PM  

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