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Fox News.  They have anointed themselves the Tea Party outlet, and they are welcome to front that group.  But I will not get my news there.  Ever.  Chris Wallace can say he is not "like Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity" but he is tied to them by his FOX affiliation.  He went there- he has to take the backwash.  FOX is in the business of imagery, not news. They have created and fanned a movement because it suits their ratings mongering delivery.  It is resulting in all heat, no light- paralysis.  I concur that the Tea Party clan should be validated for their love of country, excoriated for the shallow knowledge.  There is so little cohesion to the group- yet Republicans pander to them, and Democrats fear them.  Enough.  

Rupert Murdoch, who has quite the international media empire going, including the Fox Network, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, recently chortled that he looked forward to the end of paper and ink outlets. I guess he figures that the images tell the story better than good investigation and diligent reporting. So he sends his crews out to assemble imagery that suits his agenda.  Are we really so easily manipulated? He has the means to distort and report. He pays the crew on Fox to mouth his disdain for the president.  It is wildly profitable to capture 10% of the population and inflame them so they are loyal "outsiders" of the Tea Party/9-12 movement. 
 The disenfranchised Tea Party members should be wary of multi millionaire hosts, employed by a billionaire media mogul who exploit their fears to ensure a return to the failed policies of the last 8 years, which Rupert was a big fan of.  They should note that he is Australian, but became an American citizen to allow him to purchase American media outlets.  Then he successfully maintained Australian citizenship so he could continue his media empire there. He makes 30 million or so a year personally, but has often been able to escape taxes on his profitable media holdings due to the complexity of their structure.  He really is everyman, railing against big government, isn't he?  He must truly empathize with the marginalized Americans, right?  
Chris Wallace can whine all he wants about Obama snubbing him, but in the News business, like in the business of life- when you hear a fact, it is wise to consider the source.   Most Americans choose to get their facts from a place which desires to cover the news, not create it or reconfigure it.  I hope that we prevail, and that someday the Murdoch desk tenders get in their clown cars and drive off.  Perhaps Chris Wallace has time to salvage his credibility.  Tick. Tick. Tick.

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  • They make my skin crawl!

  • Janet i am sorry but i disagree. FoxNews is the ONLY news outfit who will say ANYTHING against liberals and their agenda. ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN and MSNBC...i would not trust the aforementioned with a cup of warm water.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    I am a fan of Newspapers for facts- when they editorialize, it is clearly labeled as such. The imagery is what TV news too often manipulates, especially on cable- and the line is irretrievably blurred. That clip from FOX with the producer inciting the crowd made me furious. But papers require ACTIVE consumers- you need to acquire the paper and actually consume it. Most folks plop and are programmed.

    On the plus side- warm water isn't really dangerous! :-) Thank you for chiming in.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    I am a fan of Newspapers for facts- when they editorialize, it is clearly labeled as such. The imagery is what TV news too often manipulates, especially on cable- and the line is irretrievably blurred. That clip from FOX with the producer inciting the crowd made me furious. But papers require ACTIVE consumers- you need to acquire the paper and actually consume it. Most folks plop and are programmed.

    On the plus side- warm water isn't really dangerous! :-) Thank you for chiming in.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    Boy, how can I enjoy your blog so much and be 180 degrees to the right of you.
    The manipulation of us by axlerod and rohm and the tax cheats on his staff and the relentless sharing of my successes (and Steves)with those that plop on the couch. It is so refreshing to watch fox and not the whiners on network... oh well I guess there is room for both of us.
    p ditty

  • In reply to pditty:

    I hate FOX with passion, and yet I understand people getting disenfranchised. BUT- many Americans are trying hard to work, and are stymied. Remember- the government has made all kinds of opportunities for the rich to get richer, by relaxing federal restrictions on banking and investing groups- but the minimum wage languishes. Those people vote, too- but they do not contribute by the millions. There has to be some balance. In life, and in news. But thank you so much for visiting the blog. And look how civil we are! It is a good model for the mass media, don't you think? Come back- I am not ultra left- I live in the land of possibilities. pollyanna, some (Steve) say...

  • In reply to mondrago:

    Hi Janet

    As much as I love your insight into life Janet, you are so wrong about Fox news its is sad. I understand your dislike for Glen Beck,
    because, I can not stand Chris Mathwes, Kieth Orbman, and all the networks that are in the tank for President Obama with the same distane. Weather or not President Bush Failed or not is not the point anymore. What does matter is the fact that the President has spent more money in the first 9 months of his term than all the presidents in history combined, the stimulis is a bust, if this health care thing passes god help us all. Janet people like you and Steve stand to get crushed with taxes, in the future not to metion that our kids and my Grand children will be paying the bill for these terible choices being made now.
    I grew up in Hickory Hills with very liberial Parents that belived the Democrats where always right and the best choice for our country! I know you remember Jimmy Carter the great Unifyer, the problems this country has with terroist to day is due to his weakness as a leader, although I do find President Obama to be a good speaker, he is not a good leader nor is he Bill Clinton!
    As a small Business owner in arizona asure you the the ression is not over! This is the worst year I have ever had is sales, and it has not gotten better. We are down 54% from other years Janet, but all you ever hear on the other news chanels is its getting better, they lie!!!!! Why do you think Fox news just kicks all of there butts is rattings??? We still love Steve and you Janet I guess we will have to agree to disagree
    Jim Geissmann
    Phoenix Az

  • In reply to Jgeissmann:

    We will have to agree to disagree. I know how hard Arizona has been hit- I am sure there is great pressure and despair. I am positive that some of your facts are not really accurate (Obama spending more...) - remember- the original TARP was a Bush project, and all that money went to the banks, who jumped onto life preservers, leaving their mortgagees and investors to sink. It is very complicated, and I think FOX loves fanning the flames of fear. I wish I could hop onto CNN, but they are getting opportunistic, too. I am in favor of health care reform- I have had many friends lose everything with an illness that was "pre-existing" and uncovered. There is a huge gap between when we start to fall ill and the Medicare eligibility- it will consume people who have worked their entire life if they get sick. I just wish for facts- and FOX is flash. But you are dear to spend the time to write, and I greatly appreciate your observations.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    i used to read the papers. but it seems as time has gone on, all the EDOPs have a bias. why i don't read them anymore. where i live how (in southern Louisiana) it is the Times-Picayune from NOLA, or the Advocate from Baton Rouge. i disagree most times, but when i agree all is right in the universe. with that said, i think most folks dont get their news from the papers anymore. i might be wrong, but it is what it is.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    At least they are labeled "Opinions" . It is the duty of Americans to be informed- and watching FOX pander to fear and hate does not fulfill the obligation. When Hitler was around, he benefitted from the fact that he controlled all imagery- the newspapers did not discover his camps, and his rallies made it appear he was strong and well supported. Why do you think he destroyed books? Reading creates wisdom. Wisdom informs good decisions. Passion is not a good tool for decision making. We need to read.

    Pictures can tell a story, but they need to originate from a position of truth. When news interns incite a crowd to shout- it is a created reality.

  • In reply to mondrago:

    It is fitting that the Fox News watchers are adamantly defending their network here...that's all part of the brainwashing...

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    You are the best son ever, defending your Mom, and visiting my blog. I was never able to brainwash you- maybe I need to study FOX methodology. :-)

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    Matt Thats not right although I listen to Fox news it has not brainwashed me at all! I do listen to Glenn Beck but I am a big Hannity Fan! Remember I am 50 with three kids 2 grown boys and a daughter just like your mom and dad. But Now I also have 2 grand children that I worry will be screwed when they grow up and that is why I disagree with your mom! Whom by the way I have loved listening to on the radio long before you where born matt. Remember this too my youngest son is 23 about the same age as you Matt. Of corese he shares my views of a more center Right person but remember this we all love this country first and always, right or left. Janet also the first Bush stimuls is seprate of the one out there now you can look that up have a great day both of you.
    Jim Geissmann

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    Janet - I totally agree with you. I am one of those people who now lives in a 1 bedroom apt. instead of my house due to emergency heart surgery on December 19, 2002. I worked 40 hours a week and thought I had health insurance, only to be left with $160,000 of uncovered medical bills that my insurance company decided they weren't going to pay. To all those who say "I've got mine, too bad for you", just remember, if your job goes, you've got nothing, unless you can afford to be over $1,000 for COBRA insurance. I don't know why people can't see that.

    Anyone who takes anything they hear on TV or radio as gospel without doing your own research is a fool. Of course Fox News spins; Murdock has admitted more than once that his network got on the War bandwagon for Bush. I love those who say that what Bush did doesn't matter because he's gone, yet, Obama's a bum because he can't fix the mess in 8 month. Shoot - Fox still loves to talk about Bill Clinton.
    All you Tea Partiers answer this: If you are worried about government spending, where were you when Bush/Cheney made up the reason for the Iraq war and spent like crazy? The gov. doesn't listen you? Where were you when Cheney was asked about the poll showing more than 60% of the Amer. people were against the war in Iraq and he responded "So." Gov. taking away your rights? Where were you when the Patriot Act was passed? I was protesting and was told that I was not a true American and that I had to get behind the President. Now that someone you didn't vote for is in office, it is the end of the world.

    I wanted my America back in 2001. Didn't happend. To quote one of your favs, Karl Rove, "We won, you lost, deal with it."

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    C. Wilson I'm with you, and I'm definitely with Janet. Fox news is not news, it is opinions of far right talking heads, shilling for Murdoch. I read and research everyday of my life, to try to find the truth, or the true story, and I have never ever found it on a RW website, ever!!! Druge is full of crap, politico is just about as bad, and don't get me started on Newsmax. But I say, if the dem's would only list the facts, we'd never lose an election, but for some reason we don't have the balls. It made me cringe when I heard Steve hyping Fox Business channel on the air, I thought he knew better than to listen to that screed. I'm still waiting to hear Bill O say the words "Senator Al Franken" just so I can see his head explode!!! I would like to add one thing, at least when the tea baggers were in Washington, it gave a whole bunch of trailer parks the chance to clean up all the garbage!!

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    Janet,

    I am a bit baffled by your disdain for FOX News, but your devotion to the newspapers and other mainstream media outlets. News is news is news, regardless of who presents it. While it is true that we must take into account the source of the news, it doesn't follow that just because it emanates from a source you don

  • In reply to bobeinhorn:

    I think the tape included in the blog shows a Fox intern inciting a crowd to get the desired news clip. When people use the acronym MSM I know enough to shut up.

  • In reply to JanetDahl:

    Janet,
    You shouldn't feel the need to "shut up" because I pointed out a few discrepancies in 'news bias'. It's OK if you have a liberal view of things...what I don't understand is why you disdain FOX, and other news outlets, that give the other side of the news while using the same tactics, spin and slant that the "MSM" uses... (pardon my extreme, vast right wing conspiracy lingo) while giving MSM a 'pass' because they happen to agree with you. One should have as much anger regarding news 'integrity' no matter who is doing the reporting. My point is, 'don't shoot the messenger', just because the news they report isn't to your liking. Yes, FOX fired up the crowds, just as ALL the other news outlets do to make their 'news' more exiting, thus garnering more ratings...it's what they do. I do get the feeling from your response that you perhaps think me an, extremist,...because that is what my elected officials call those of us(along with much worse labels,and the MSM reports with apparent glee) for having an intelligent and honest disagreement with the current administrations' direction. I resent that and it frankly scares me things have gone this far for those of us who disagree with the hasty and misdirected policies of this administration.

  • In reply to bobeinhorn:

    You know- I agree that we are going to have to do many things differently. The spending is absurd, and our future will be compromised if we do not stop spending the future. I think that since entitlements (social security, Medicare/medicaid, Veterans Benefits) account for the vast majority of the budget, we will need to learn to do things differently. The actuarial tables will not support SS, Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupting us. We HAVE to change- streamline costs and administrative techniques , raise ages, reduce cost of living, charge higher taxes on folks still working and getting SS...We need to encourage portable individualized health insurance, tax credits for health savings accounts, taxes on premium benefit plans, and deductions for business insuring their workers. We need change change change. What we hear creates fear in any legislator nearing an election. There is NO COURAGE in Washington. There are incestuous allegiances with powerful lobbyists. It is depressing.

    That being said- our kids are the future, and it is wrong that you are looking at that kind of debt.
    It is also terrible that they will have the national debt to contend with.

  • In reply to mattdahlrocks:

    Janet,
    Let me first say I wish the best of health to your brother and all your family...
    I have always enjoyed your blogs....love that you chose to share a part of your life with Steve's fans...HOWEVER....after several days of stewing over your opinion on this subject, I feel compelled to weigh in...you are a mom first...and a lawyer...well educated...so it took me aback that you are so vehement against Fox...just a thought, if you watch msnbc (et al) and fox, you get completely different point of views, and then it is a personal responsibility to research further for a semblance of truth...

    It is not my intention to argue politics, but policy and legislation pending has the potential to hurt more than it heals... I have three children in college...a second year doctoral candidate...a second year undergrad in nursing, and an amazing musician/skateboarder/possible architect in the making...we have amassed almost $100,000 in college loans because we are not comfortably middle/upper class....but I have a dream that my kids will have a better life...

    Their lives are SERIOUSLY impacted by the continued insanity of spending that is going on...and the new taxes that are proposed....how will you be able to look your grandchildren in the face when you leave them with this mess??? I challenge you to expand your reading and television news sources for a week or two..... then come back and defend what you said here back on the 20th of September....
    ps, while you doing research...check out what is going on up north of me in the San Joaquin Valley of central CA.....this is probably useless, I doubt you come back to read our comments...my kids are THE most important thing in my life and I had to sound off....

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