Fox News Fair and Balanced? HA HA

@ZephyrSun (7385)
United States
September 15, 2009 8:25pm CST
I've gotten a little sick of the FOX News is the best and Liberals that refuse to watch it are being left uninformed. Which I think it utter bullshyt but, whatever. So tonight as I'm checking email there's a story about President Bush and I thought it was funny so I went to FOX and couldn't find it anywhere on their site. I then went to CNN and they were covering the story. So, two news agencies covering a story without FOX covering the story I thought that was very interesting because if I were relying solely on FOX I would have been uninformed. So what are your thoughts on relying on just one news source? To me it seems a bit foolish.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
16 Sep 09
What story on Bush is that? I don't believe you should rely solely on any news station. On fox news it depends on what show and who you watch on what point of view you get and they don't hide the programs that are opinion based. I haven't watched anything lately except news clips on youtube and the websites lately since I got rid of my dish. However I did have a conversation with a couple I know who watch only NBC and they said that they had no idea about whats been going on with Accorn and had not even heard about the tea party protests and I found this very interesting. Anyways Fox News does have all the ratings so whatever your opinion may be on them, they are doing what gets them the viewers. Far more viewers that is then the other news stations.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
16 Sep 09
It was just a little story about one of Bush's speechwriters saying that Bush made jokes about Palin. And, no I'm not bashing Palin, you asked and I didn't want this discussion to be about Palin that's why I didn't go into details about the story. I have never relied on one news source, it makes one a fool to do so. I can understand if one likes a certain morning news program and a certain evening news program. Has this couple been living under a rock or something? I can flip through my television and hear about tea parties and acorn without being on FOX. I prefer to read my news so I don't watch much either.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Not about to jump on ya... just wondering what it was that you were referring too... by what you say you make it sound it's some story on a she said that he said thing that I wouldn't expect a news network to go out and say anything about it... but then I'm going to have to find something on it to be able to say whether that is the case. Like if someone says that they overheard Obama call Kenya a you know what and there was no tape or proof is it really news worthy if you don't know for sure? But anyways as for that couple I don't know maybe they just didn't hit the news at the right time... but I found it interesting that they say they watch the news pretty regular and they didn't know about those two things. Again I got rid of my dish so I'm sticking to reading a lot and it gave me the time to read these bills and statistics and research so it's been better I think getting away from it all.
@anniepa (27244)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I have to say if Fox were the only network covering the tea parties or the ACORN scandal I'd have never heard about them at all! I'm quite aware of what's going on there so apparently someone else is reporting it. Annie
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Sep 09
um, it could be perhaps because it's a silly insignifigant story.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
16 Sep 09
umm during the Bush Administration FOX News took the perspective that Bush was God and all the liberals that spoke out against the administration were Unamerican. Silly as it maybe their God spoke and Fox didn't run it because it was against their new Goddess.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Sep 09
if Bush were still president, and Palin were still governor, or even still running for office, it would be a signifigant story. Neither is the case now so it's a silly insignifigant story.....even for fox's "god" and "goddess".
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I liked James Carville's take on it best. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/16/carville-takes-aim-at-latest-tell-all-on-bush/
• United States
18 Sep 09
I would rather watch Fox news because they are reporting things that are happening now, not 8 years ago like all the liberal stations. News flash, Bush is not in office anymore! I' sick of ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC all going down on Obama like he's the greatest thing ever, the guy is a joke and if you have the state run media singing your praises all the time and one little station saying the truth about this Abomination then it just goes to show that the truth will shine brighter no matter what is being said. Uniformed, if you watch those shows for your media enlightenment then you're less informed than the people who still read the newspaper.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
18 Sep 09
My newspaper comes every day and I really enjoy reading the letters to the editors. All the conservatives in the burbs enjoy telling us who to vote for to run our city. I always like the nice morning laugh.
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@jb78000 (15178)
18 Sep 09
hi zeph. just realised i'm as uninformed as you. i tend to look at only two online sources a day (bbc and guardian) and only look at others (herald, national geographic, times, telegraph, and even god forbid the daily mail and fox news) for the stories i find interesting. [btw this takes up an entire ten minutes of my day. perhaps i'm addicted.]
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Sep 09
even the best sources have a bit of spin in them. best to use at least two, preferably from different erm sides. and to ignore the tabloids completely or at most use their stories as a starting point and check them before taking what they say as gospel.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I remember when I was a lot younger the tabloids were running stories about strange things "bat boy" and "2 headed baby" but, now, as we seen from the last election they sometimes do carry stories that are actually true and they are the first to break it.
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Sep 09
there's fairly strict rules about just making random things up here but the tabloids frequently find ways round it - choosing only to report certain bits of a story and missing out anything that doesn't quite fit with their aim, sticking a ridiculous amount of spin on something (see the daily mail for this one) and of course opinion columns and the use of the word 'alledgedly'. they also do make things up occasionally, risking fines in the hope of extra sales i imagine. as a said, starting point only.
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
16 Sep 09
No, you can't rely on only one news source anymore...and that's really sad. As a wide eyed innocent teenager I wanted to be a reporter. I thought it was a noble profession, especially in light of the Watergate investigation, but the industry has become too corrupt. Most news agencies are soundboards for whatever political party/special interest/personal benefit the owner chooses.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I think the only sad part is that people actually do rely on one news source because they have a fear of any other "news". I wish every realized that all news agencies are exactly what you said, "soundboards".
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@millertime (1398)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I don't think there's any question that Fox News is the only major news network that covers the conservative point of view. ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN are all biased toward the Obama administration and the liberal point of view not only in their commentary, but their news coverage as well. The only way to get the whole story is to get your news from several different sources including the internet, not just TV news. I do think that overall, FOX News is the least biased in their coverage of the news, you just have to remember to separate the actual news coverage from commentary. Their commentary is heavily biased toward conservatism, not necessarily Republican, but definitely conservative. This is ok because the rest of the networks are heavily liberal and favor the Democrats in their commentary. The problem with the rest of the networks is they let their bias control their news coverage which is supposed to be politically neutral. In this respect, FOX has the most fair and balanced NEWS and the ratings are showing more and more people are starting to realize that.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Well let's see Zephyr, the story JUST came out on CNN. Aren't you going to give Fox News a couple hours to verify the story? Most people gave CNN and MSNBC a week or more before complaining about their lack of coverage on ACORNS latest series of scandals. Either way the claim has been disputed by a former Bush and Palin aide. It sounds like this Matt Latimer guy is just trying to sell a book and he knew a claim like this would get him free publicity.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Well I can't say what Hannity may have done. As you know I never really watch his show. It was tolerable when Colmes was on, but now there's really nobody to balance his ridiculous claims. Zephyr was talking about what she found on the websites and I've never seen them address anti-Obama books on Fox's website.
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
5 Nov 09
You don't know the Medias I used to watch like 3 or international news channels and 2 or 3 local news channels, then only we get an average idea about the things happening. I assure 100% we may not get from any news channels. Some channels are biased as well. Eg. FoxNews is more biased against Muslims than BBC and CNN. Many news titles and contents are twisted so that their interest prevail. I don't have FoxNews, because it is not free. I'm Just watching Free TV channels using Dish, LNBF and Free Satellite TV Receiver. I used to watch the following international new channels. CNN International (US) BBC World Middle East (UK) Press TV (Iran) euronews. Sometimes:- NDTV (India) Dawn News (Pakistan) Also General channels:- NHK World (Japan) Arirang (Korea) My Favorite channel on Islam & Peace is, Peace TV (India) I suggest you to watch it, it is a full time edutainment channel on Islam, and comparative religion with public debates between world famous scholars of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism etc., public lectures, question and answers, etc.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Wow we don't get any of those channels. Do you know the only news channel that we get that is International is Al Jazeera? The American channels that can be viewed for free is ABC, NBC, and CBS and, they have a news program called World News but, it mostly focuses on the stupid was that the former president started. I have only turned FOX News on a few times and I have to shut it off because they are so close minded to all the minorities in the country. The worst thing I ever heard from that "channel" was one of their "news ladies" suggesting that someone kill Osama and Obama while laughing about it. Your channels sound great but, I can't get Dish because I have hundreds of trees on my property and can't get a signal. I really miss the desert
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
7 Nov 09
I used to watch Al Jazeera English as well, I forgot to mention. I don't think there will be some cable operators in US without CNN & BBC? In my current living area there is no TV cable services, so I use dish, no trees on top of my house. I'm not in a desert though.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
10 Nov 09
We have CNN and MSNBC but, they aren't the international versions. They are more liberal than our local news. I moved from the desert to the midwest about 10 years ago and it's a hard adjustment because of the whole tree issue. I feel like I live in the woods, with all of my trees LOL
@anniepa (27244)
• United States
17 Sep 09
To conservatives Fox News IS the best and I suppose a Fox viewer wouldn't find it all that difficult to spin it so that Fox fits their unique definition of "Fair and Balanced". To them it's "fair" to say or do whatever it takes to make all the liberals and Democrats looks as bad as possible and to overlook the faults of the conservatives and Republicans. Therefore it's John Edwards - BAD and Mark Sanford - maybe a little misguided and confused...lol! "Balanced" means to report an amount of dirt on all the Democrats based on their position and other factors. White males get considerably less heat than other demographic groups. Liberal women and minorities and women are automatically sexist and racist while their conservative counterparts are victims of sexism and/or racism just because they're conservatives. I know Fox News is the ratings leader according to some sources but can you even imagine what it would be like if it were the ONLY source of news? Annie
@hotsummer (10376)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
i do watch it. but i am not able to feel if they are leaning toward one party. as i am not really familiar with the political parties of the US as i am not from US. but i do watch often before. i don't know which news station is covering the news honestly.