Very Stable Baron wrote:You're probably right, Davey. But I'm with Matt. I don't think all of us are so cynical and when I'm a captive audience and Fox is on TV, my blood truly boils. Their hypocrisy and cynicism is truly astonishing and I'm gonna keep on being mad as hell about it. I'll be holding on to my fair share of outrage for what they've done to the discourse in this country.
I’ve often mentioned my predicament at work - sometimes I must endure FOX News for as much as an hour at a time. About a year ago, a couple of Rachel Maddow fans tried to reason with the logic of having something on all day long that not everybody liked. This only made the FOX fans that much more dedicated to having the FOX on at all times. I think they feel like they’ve won because people are forced to listen to it even if they don’t like it.
Anyway, I’ve tried to make my peace with it. Sometimes I’ll talk back to the TV but usually I just hum a catchy tune and get on with it. This has been especially hard since “Shithole-Gate”. I swear to God, with very few exceptions, most of the pundits and “journalists” on FOX News have been PRAISING the President for the words that have been so troubling to most. They straight up agree about the state of those countries and that we don’t want people from those countries to come here.
So, I’ve been biting my tongue a lot lately. Back right after Romney lost to Obama, I was working with a right winger who happens to be someone I enjoy very much. we are about the same age so our senses of humor & pop culture references are very simpatico. He’s proved himself to be a swell guy any number of times. So, he tried to engage me on some FOX horseshit issue like New Black Panthers or ACORN or something and I decided to let him. I told him EXACTLY what I thought about the New Black Panthers or ACORN or whatever then asked HIM why the hell he trusted what FOX News had to say about anything. He narrowed his eyes and asked me what I meant. I ticked them off on the fingers of my hand - New Black Panthers, the Romney Landslide, Weapons of mass Destruction, Chandra Levy... didn’t it bother him to trust a Network that was not only consistently. Wrong but SPECTACULARLY wrong time and time again? Then something amazing happened. According to him, on each and every one of those things - I was the one who was wrong. New Black Panthers ARE on every corner, ACORN IS stealing elections for Obama, Romney WOULD have won. Iraq DID have WMD etc..
So, recently he went from supporting Ted Cruz to supporting TRUMP and he dovetailed just as effortlessly from TRUMP’s supposed unelectablitly to BREXIT proving he would win.
So, FOX is telling this guy that the president is not racist while he says racist things and he’s going right along with that. Nowadays we talk about Gilligan’s Island and The Bee Gees and avoid politics but it bothers me more than those other things did because it IS racist to discount poor, beleaguered countries as shitholes. I’d like to give a guy I like very much the benefit of the doubt but I suspect, in his heart of hearts, he understands this.