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Is Fox News Really Necessary?

Monday, August 20, 2012

The sign in a school cafeteria said, "Thank you for taking the utensils home to wash them. Please bring them back now."

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On average, eight out of ten people read headlines, but only two of them read the rest of the story.

The Des Moines Register headline read; "Ryan Gets Low Marks as VP Pick in Gallup Poll." The article was a USA Today reprint, and compared the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) with previous VP candidates.

The 'rest of the story,' several paragraphs later, reveals that the comparative polls were not apples-to-apples. The Ryan poll was of all adults, while only registered voters were contacted for the other polls, going back 12 years ago to the selection of Dick Cheney.

I don't know about you but I am no more interested in the political opinion of someone who hasn't even registered to vote than I would be interested in a "Snooki Does Struble" movie. If you pay attention to polls, pay attention to who is being polled.

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Calling it "journalistic malpractice," HotAir.com, says the following remark on Medicare reform by Paul Ryan was cut from the 60 Minutes show and did not air. The deleted comments were crucial in explaining to viewers, especially Florida seniors, that his plan does not affect senior citizens and that his own mother is a Medicare senior.

"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," Ryan said. "Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms that have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late '90s."

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Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

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President Obama is rightfully proud of his decision authorizing the killing of Osama Bin Laden. However, every president (except maybe Jimmy Carter) since FDR would have made the same decision. Yeah, they probably would have crowed about it too, but I think the Navy SEALS should be given top billing in any statement.

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All 13 of the top cable news programs in total viewers were on Fox News in July. "The O'Reilly Factor" remained the No. 1 show, boasting an average of 2.6 million nightly viewers.

The highest non-Fox news show, "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC, averaged only 967,000 total viewers, Media Bistro reported.

CNN's ratings were down 20 percent last month compared to July 2011, with "Anderson Cooper 360" down 34 percent. "Piers Morgan Tonight" was the network's top-rated show in July, averaging 554,000 nightly viewers.

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We, as a society are so predictable. A majority will oppose an issue for ages, and then a vocal minority relentlessly squeals 'unfair' over and over, and we gradually move toward accepting the previously unacceptable. For example: Homosexuality, gay marriage, gays in the military, risque television, gambling, divorce, sex education (the not-in-the-back-seat-kind) in grade school. Our resistance is gradually broken. What can be next -- white shoes with black sox in the winter?

We allow ourselves to be influenced by 'persons of stature,' but usually those persons are not a shining example, nor are they particularly well schooled in the area of concern. Entertainers are the first that come to mind, but presidents need not be followed blindly -- but they are. When President Obama 'came out' for gay marriage the number of Americans supporting that issue immediately shot up.

A Gallup Poll in 1996 indicated only 27% believed gay marriages should be valid. That moved to that 39% in 2005, 44% in 2010, and eleven days (May 20th) after the President 'came out' for the issue, the percentage jumped to 53% in favor. We are sheep-like lemmings following 'leaders.' Why if Johnny Depp, or Lady Gaga said it is OK to urinate in alleys (I know, those Remsen guys say -- "What's wrong with that?"), 20% of America would make a peline for the nearest one.

One 'angle' not likely to change? Obtuse angles will never be socially acceptable - they are not a-cute!

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A headline we should see regularly; "Psychic Wins Lottery!"

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That