Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Some of us have wondered about this for awhile.  When we see a Fox News segment, it can be reminiscent of one of the Reverend Jerry Falwell’s sermons.  It doesn’t stand up to critical thinking, but it has the right appeal to people who regard it as a comfort zone. Comfort zones can be addictive.  Invariably, you must give up something for that comfort, too.  Sacrificing something in the real world is necessary to keep the comfort consistent. According to an article by Luke O’Neil on The Intelligencer page on New York Magazine’s website, some Fox News viewers have given up more than their critical thinking skills.  Some … Continue reading Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted an odd, rambling interview with Donna Brazile by Isaac Chotiner. I sense the odd, rambling stuff isn’t Mr. Chotiner’s fault. When you agree to go to work for Fox News, it’s hard to deny you’ve sold out to the devil.  Ms. Brazile attempted to deny it, but it didn’t go too well. Continue reading The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted a new, detailed report by Jane Mayer on unprofessional connections between the White House and Fox News.  It also appears in print in the March 11, 2019 issue. If you haven’t already maxed out your free online New Yorker items this month, you should be able to read Ms. Mayer’s article without hitting a paywall. Note: In San Francisco — and maybe other parts of the country — newsstand print copies of The New Yorker are running late.  Even if you’re willing to buy an expensive magazine in order to read one article, you may have to wait if … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins

Below is a link to a New York Daily News article by Rachel Desantis, reposted on MSN. I have a problem with the timing, due to the recent scandals at Fox News.  Mr. Smith also makes a point of saying Roger Ailes never mistreated him.  The gay men I know aren’t going to be impressed by this sickening damage reduction project.  It’s already clear to them that the network is up to no good. Each dubious news story is a reminder of how important it is for schools to encourage critical thinking skills.  Note that the story about Mr. Smith is a report on … Continue reading Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins

Rupert Murdoch’s Attempt at Damage Reduction

Bill O’Reilly is officially out at Fox News.  He’s expected to be replaced by Tucker Carlson. The firing of one asshat should not be interpreted as a change in the work climate at Fox News.  Currently, the station’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, is attempting to buy the U.K. media outlet Sky News.  Mr. Murdoch has concerns about his own shoddy credibility, and he has reason to believe he’ll encounter less resistance to expanding his empire if he takes a stand against Mr. O’Reilly’s behavior with women. This week, Rupert Murdoch can call himself a reformer, and his supporters will believe him.  So will a few … Continue reading Rupert Murdoch’s Attempt at Damage Reduction

Robert Reich’s Observation

Today, scholar and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich will be filling in for me. Okay, I didn’t ask him to do that, and he didn’t offer.  In fact, it’s unlikely he even knows who I am.  So, officially he isn’t filling in. Dr. Reich (Facebook username @RBReich) has posted something on Facebook which is so good I can’t produce anything close to it.  So, I hope he won’t mind if I “borrow” three screenshots to share the post in its entirety.  He included a link to a Breitbart News story, so the link will also appear on this page for anyone … Continue reading Robert Reich’s Observation

Simplistic Republican Hogwash

Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News commentator, supports Donald Trump. Dr. Ablow has had a public profile of one type or another since the 1980s.  His first book, Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human, was published in 1987.  He was twenty-six and old enough to be a med school graduate.  Just barely.  (Disclosure:  I’m falling back on Wikipedia for that information). Propeller beanie self-confidence is required to write any sort of advice book that early in one’s career (How many books on similar topics are written but not published?  A lot, I’ll bet).  Even if Dr. Ablow was a … Continue reading Simplistic Republican Hogwash