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

Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Local news reports often place dirty laundry entertainment ahead of informing the public. It’s all about ratings, clicks or selling papers or magazines.  There’s a combination profit-power motive. That’s partly the fault of the public, and partly the fault of people who have sold out to a competitive rumor-mongering system (the latter do that to stay in business, which is our fault because we fail to boycott sensational reporting). It’s also partly the fault of people outside the “news community” who release or fabricate information to … Continue reading Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking

Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Please click the link below to read Jon Swaine’s article, posted today on The Guardian’s site.  It’s a meticulously researched piece which exposes one of the Orwellian strategies of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and catches Sinclair’s chairman in a lie about his own political financial contributions. By the way, the current state of Sinclair Broadcast Group is the reason our government should not have eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s.  It’s also the reason our government did eliminate the Fairness Doctrine. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/10/donald-trump-sinclair-david-smith-white-house-meeting?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews Continue reading Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This