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

Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now

You may have heard about the scripted message delivered recently on nearly all Sinclair-owned television stations.  It created a scandal, but like many scandals this one will probably be forgotten by most people.  It shouldn’t. Sinclair Broadcast Group owns or operates either 170-odd or 190-odd television stations around the United States.  The number we hear depends on the source of information, and maybe some of those sources are including pending purchases or radio stations.  I’m unclear on that. Sinclair is not a broadcast network.  The stations owned or operated by this company have different network affiliations, and some are listed … Continue reading Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now

A Newspaper’s Disturbing Promotion

(Disclosure: A slightly different version of this post appears on a private social media page.) An Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, (The Journal) is encouraging readers to study Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler, supposedly to prevent history from repeating itself.  A link to an online TIME article about the controversy appears at the end of this post. Many years ago, I read an article in The New York Review Of Books about an effort to revive Fascism in Italy. A political movement called La Forza (The Force) was popular with people born after WWII, who had no memory of what happened in their country during the war. … Continue reading A Newspaper’s Disturbing Promotion