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Friday, May 12, 2006

There's Something About Fox

Like many Conservatives I watch Fox news frequently, but unlike many Conservatives, I'm starting to get tired of it. It seems like a once good station has just gone down the crapper.

I just got DVR recently so I can now record tv shows, and one of the shows I have scheduled to tape is Hannity & Colmes. If you're wondering why I have to tape a primetime show, it's because my favorite radio show comes on at the same time (Rusty Humphries) , but that's aside the point. The next morning I will flick on the tv, sip my coffee, and watch my taped program. Here's what it was like one morning. Like most DVR users, I skip commercials, but unlike some DVR users, I skip boring parts of shows too. So one morning I put on Hannity & Colmes. I skip the commercials until the show comes on. The first three segments they talk about the Duke rape case, I fast forward all three segments. Ready for something interesting I play the next one just to find out the next segment goes to the Aruba case. I skip this too. When I reach the next segment I could swear they would talk about immigration or gas prices. No. Next they talk about another teacher who is accused of statutory rape. So I skip it and the commercials. When the show returns the topic is about how another Kennedy gets drunk. Oh, like that's news. I skip that too. For the next segment, it was finally done, it was back to politics, but as suspected the guest would be Newt Gingrich or Judge Nepaletano. Oh, what a surprise, I was right. I skip that too. And all of a sudden I notice I had skipped the entire program of Hannity & Colmes, a once great debate show! That's how boring, useless, and redundant it was! Of course when the show ended it was time for Greta Van Susteren to drone on about the same exact topics. Repeat this crap for months on end, and you've got the new Fox news. Conservatives, is this really what you want?

After thinking about how to act, I thought I would take care of the problem Bill O'Reilly style. Boycott something. But that something isn't France, or Aruba. I think it's time to boycott Fox. But why, you ask? You've got to understand that it's all about numbers in tv and radio. Right now the Fox viewership is high, giving them the impression they are doing something right. That couldn't be more from the truth. The only reason people still watch Fox is because they don't have anything better for an alternative for Conservative programming. This isn't true either. By now, all other stations have at least one Conservative show, so boycotting Fox wouldn't be too hard. You can get your news from the internet, but here are some opinion shows you may like. Now, I'll be honest, two of these shows I have yet to watch, but by boycotting Fox, you can bet I will be watching them instead of O'Reilly or Hannity. For CNN you've got Lou Dobbs, who comes on at 6-7 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. For CNN Headline, there's the brand new Glenn Beck show from 7-8 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. And for MSNBC you've got Joe Scarborough Monday - Thursday at 9-10 p.m. ET.

There's three shows for you in primetime that can fill the gap from Fox. But if you choose to stay with Fox, there will still be that gap, because Fox isn't the same. Great debate shows are now covering stories you can't debate. Law shows cover stories from months or years ago, with nothing recent. And the news itself is off in the way it makes unimportant stories, more important than the actual important ones.

So please, if you want to save Fox, then the best thing you can do is stop watching it. They will notice the drop in viewership and find out something is wrong. Because of that they will change, for the better. And the Fox news you once knew will come back.


  • At 12/5/06 5:22 PM, Blogger Robert M. said…

    I get my info of the internet. I think that it's better when you have inependant small-time writers writing instead of the talking heads. The small writers get less full of themselves and actually report things.

  • At 13/5/06 12:15 AM, Blogger Peter said…

    Btw, isn't it strange how Rupert Murdoch is doing a fudraiser for... Hillary Clinton of all people?

  • At 13/5/06 9:36 AM, Blogger PlaidBaron said…

    Your right. They always report old news. I wish they would spend a little more time on more recent events.

  • At 15/5/06 5:14 AM, Blogger Betty Friedan said…

    With the taste of his own foot still lingering in his mouth, District Attorney Mike Nifong has another piece of evidence blow up in his face, I wonder how's his ulcer is doing?

    So would it be his own aura or is it the universe's way of getting back at Nifong for destroying these young boys lives?

    It would be funny if Nifong's ulcer leads to a colonoscopy, or would it be “ironic” or “poetic justice” that he screws 47 boys over a false rape claim and have to take a 36 inch colonoscopy tube up his @ss for his part in the fiasco he created.

    They are innocent! The drunken black stripper with the long criminal record and history of making false accusations...lied.

    • Stripper made a false claim of rape by three boys in 1996.
    • Stripper made a false claim of kidnapping in 1998
    • Stripper charged with larceny, auto theft, and trying to kill a police officer in 2002
    • 1st round of DNA shows no link to the lacrosse team.
    • 2nd round of DNA shows no link to the lacrosse team
    • DNA proves stripper had sex with boyfriend/pimp which accounts for the “rape kit” evidence of recent sexual activity.
    • Innocent boy who picked up finger nail and threw it in the trash left his DNA on the fake press-on nail and will be charged for rape.

    The stripper’s account of the night has serious integrity issues:
    1) First she claimed 20 boys raped her, then she narrowed it down to 3 in a bathroom

    a. The bathroom is absolutely and completely devoid of any evidence of a rape. Where is her DNA? Urine, blood, vaginal fluid, saliva, or tears?
    b. Many people’s DNA were found under her nails but none from the innocent lacrosse boys.
    c. She lied about losing her fake finger nails in a desperate struggle in the small enclosed bathroom, but pictures show that she removed her nails before inadequately performing her routine. No scratches were found on any of the innocent lacrosse boys’ bodies.
    d. The 2 innocent boys she “eeny meeny miney moed” to be her rapists weren’t even at the party the time she claimed the rape occurred. She claims that she’s 100% sure, but she told her father that she’s not sure.
    e. She took drugs before coming to the house, something illegal.

    The stripper obviously lied, and she’s putting these innocent boys and families through hell. She deserves to be in prison for the rest of her pathetic life. She is worthless as a person and human being. Her one lie destroyed innocent boys. I hope her and Nifong’s aura catches up to them and they both get what they deserve. I hope everyone wishing this rape claim to be true, in spite of all the evidence that it never occurred, gets what’s coming to them.

  • At 15/5/06 6:14 AM, Blogger Cody O'Connor said…

    Betty, I don't know if you're trying to bug me or what. But whatever you're doing won't earn you much respect from me or any of my readers. If there's one thing I can't stand it's a comment where the person knowingly went far off topic in a way to either annoy me, or advertise their wonderful talking points. Sorry, but this discussion is about Fox's decline. If you want to talk about the Duke rape case, you can e-mail John Gibson.

  • At 16/5/06 10:58 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said…

    Well, I don't know if I would want to boycott yet. But their primetime shows are getting boring and mostly not news. But I still like other shows like Dayside and Studio B.


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