The Media is a bunch of idiots

So this last week the Whitehouse declared war on FOX News.  Apparently because only 95% of the media outlets give Obama a free pass, if he could just reign in that last 5%, and get them to toe the party line, then everything would be just peachy.

The Whitehouse wants to control all of the media.  

Think about that for just a second. I know that I have people who read this blog who are Democrats.  A sitting president of the US wants to destroy the single dissenting news agency. Doesn’t that scare the crap out of you?

If George Bush’s top people had started having public meetings with Republican leadership about how to hurt CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, can you imagine the massive institutional freak out that would have caused?  And rightly so.

And yes, Bush sucked too. We know. (and that never gets old as an argument, really) but moving on, gentle Democrat readers, doesn’t the idea of having the Whitehouse stomping on dissenting opinions unnerve you?

On a related note, I’ve heard a lot recently about how it is somehow unfair that FOX’s ratings are so much better than their competitors.  Give me a friggin’ break.  Out of all those highly educated journalists, there wasn’t one person that sat through a business class?  If your market is the American public, and we live in a country that is split roughly down the middle as far as personal beliefs go, and there are, say 20 big media companies… Only 1 company competes for the right 50% while 19 companies compete for the left 50%… What part of that 1 company on the right side getting larger market share comes as a shock exactly? 

Oh, except I forgot that all 20 companies claim that they’re not right or left. They’re all in the middle and totally unbiased… Ha Ha Ha! Man, that’s some funny stuff right there.

The traditional media is losing its viewers and readers by the ton.  Everybody except for FOX is hemorrhaging money. Yet, they’re still too ideologically driven to focus on reality. They’re losing viewers because we’re smarter than they think we are. We’re pretty good at knowing when we are being lied to.  When I can get more realistic reporting from the Onion than from the New York Times, there may be a problem afoot.

Media is a giant joke. The American people know it. Everybody but the media seems to know it. When ACORN was caught on video breaking hundreds of laws in five different cities, the regular news wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. Even though this is an organization that was getting billions of dollars of tax money (and will be again at the end of October, but you didn’t hear that on the regular news either) because it didn’t fit with the ideological prism, then it didn’t get reported.  Thank God for the internet, talk radio, and people still having the ability to talk freely.  Hell, even John Stewart was offended that the media missed this one.

Once again, I’m ahead of the cultural curve. I’ve distrusted and hated the news for a really long time.  As somebody who started out as a child gun nut, it didn’t take too long for me to realize that EVERY SINGLE report or article involving guns was riddled with factual errors, outright lies, mistakes, misstatements, made up stats, and quotes from morons.  I was probably about fourteen years old when I came to the conclusion that if the news got this much stuff wrong about a subject I actually knew about, how much were they screwing up on the topics that I wasn’t familiar with?  (well, now that I’m older, I realize that the answer is ALL.)

Aerial photos showed that there were more people at the big DC tea party than there was at inauguration.   Somehow that was a record crowd of about 1.5 million for Obama’s historic event, but it was like “tens of thousands” of angry right wing crack pots who are too ignorant to want socialized healthcare.  But the media still doesn’t get why we don’t believe them when they say they’re unbiased.

Don’t worry though, when the traditional media finally goes bankrupt, then the government can just bail them out.  I’m positive that nothing bad could possibly come from having a state run media, especially since Obama has packed the Whitehouse staff with communists and people who really look up to Mao.

6 Responses

  1. Amen! Preach on brother Larry!!

  2. quite right. good reporting, like anything else we expect to be of good quality in a still somewhat capitalist nation, will be the result of competition. not all the news agencies running the same muck. fox’s value is two-fold, a new point of view and the proof that standing apart can be fiscally successful. lets hope it inspires some new upstarts to do the same.

  3. The media? Idiots? It’s gonna take some time to wrap my head around that one…

    All done! Whew, that was easy.

  4. I think the MSM is at an all time low, and this includes Fox News. I don’t see them doing a very good job and it is no surprise that most people don’t really trust them. That being said, it is stupid to get in a pissing match with the media. Nixon did this and it only hurt him. Reagan was mocked by many in the media and just ignored them and kept doing his job.

    The Obama faithful already hate Fox, but there are plenty of moderates and independents that voted for Obama and watch Fox. This will just alienate them. Stupid move.

  5. When I was a kid, I trusted the nightly news and the daily papers to be honest with me. I trusted them to tell me the truth. That just seemed like common sense. Why would they lie to me?

    Ah, to be young and trusting again.

    I don’t watch TV news anymore, and if I am reading a newspaper I usually have my bullshit detector set to HIGH, because I know going in that much of what’s distributed to me as “fact” is in truth a distorted, spun, or otherwise massaged and manufactured version of events, couched in the ideological leanings of the person writing the piece; or the editorial board of the paper itself.

  6. It took me a bit longer to distrust media but I was quite sceptical by eighteen. Ah how I long for childhood bliss.

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