Letters to the Editor

Hypocritical act

March 10, 2007

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To the editor:

Democratic presidential contender John Edwards has decided to skip a debate to be hosted by The Fox News Channel and the Nevada Democratic Party scheduled for Aug. 14 in Reno, Nev.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic Party majority leader, initially praised the collaboration with Fox News as an opportunity to reach out to a different group of voters. Mr. Reid now has concerns about the debate and has ordered his people to take another look at the Fox-hosted debate.

Why?

Moveon.org Civic Action has collected 260,000 signatures on a petition that calls the cable news network a "mouthpiece for the Republican Party, not a legitimate news channel."

Two words immediately come to mind: hypocritical weasels.

Tom Shewmon, Linwood

Comments

mick 8 years, 2 months ago

I think the guy needs to look up the definition of the word.

fletch 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree whole heartedly: Fox News is a bunch of hypocritical weasels.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, MoveOn doesn't try to pretend to be a journalistic news media; they are not hypocritical. Fox News is hypocritical because they say they have balanced news. Of course, it's really impossilbe to have completely balanced news, since even deciding which stories air is subjective. I always like the interviewers on NPR, because they play the devils advocate. They ask tough questions of politicians on both sides, and a guest commentator can present any view they want. I've heard people from both sides express their views on segments like "This I Believe." Some think they are liberal, because they are partly paid by government funding, but if you ever listen to their stories, you will see they present many, if not all sides of the story, and in great depth, not in a 30 second sound bite. There's also less celeberty news, but unfortunately there is still some.

Curtiss 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom:

Thanks for your letter. I agree totally. Of course, even a third grader watching Fox News can tell they're a bunch of hypocritical weasels, but it's nice to see a conservative admit it in print.

Of course, that doesn't explain your rambling stories about Edwards, Reid and MoveOn. But at least you made the point of the hypocritical weaselness of Fox, and that's the important part.

Oh, and Dorothy: I think you're wrong about people thinking NPR is liberal because they accept government funds. They think it's liberal because it's not radical right wing, and watching Fox News has totally warped their idea of where the center is.

JohnBrown 8 years, 2 months ago

I always thought it was the Fox Noise Channel...

deec 8 years, 2 months ago

Unlike the GOP, of course, whose members are suddenly deserting the sinking ship of Iraq policy now the election is over.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 years, 2 months ago

Well I elect representatives who pay attention to what their supporters want. That's why we call them representatives. I'm electing someone who will do what I want them to do, not to tell me what to do. If they can't do that they should more to a dictatorship; they aren't cut out for a representative democracy. Bush was given a message about the war in the last election, but he keeps on doing the same thing. Who does he think is running this country. He'll be out soon, thank god, unless he invades Iran, then I say impeach him and Cheney both. Cheney's the only reason no one has tried to get rid of him sooner.

Darrell Lea 8 years, 2 months ago

"...the cable news network a 'mouthpiece for the Republican Party, not a legitimate news channel.' "

You know, they aren't really even a mouthpiece for The entire Republican Party - just the self-absorbed, neo-Conservative, war-mongering, pseudo-Christian, ultra-sanctimonious branch of it, as bought and paid for by Rupert Murdoch.

Mike Ford 8 years, 2 months ago

bipartisanship shouldn't exist when the party that won in November 2006 said, "enough is enough', and grew a backbone and stood up to a bunch of obstructionist bullies. All one has to do is look at what Harry Truman in the 1948 election when he ran against the 80th congress and ignored Mr. Dewey. You don't act polite to the dummies that have created this mess. You tell them what they've done wrong, and you tell them to either be part of the solution, or continue being the problem. And if they continue being the problem, assail them for it.

Jamesaust 8 years, 2 months ago

"hypocritical"

A hypocritical action would require that the actor pursued the opposite stance in other circumstances. (Sort of like demanding a pardon for perjurers in one circumstance but previously demanding prosecution in others.)

Obviously, the author does not understand the word. (Just using a "big" word.)

bisky1 8 years, 2 months ago

both gore and kerry would have won their elections had they "allowed" an interview with bill orielly. how many fox reporters have been fired for lying? i'm certain it is fewer than the paper of record. you people need to get facts from someone other than your selves.

bisky1 8 years, 2 months ago

good line, right_thinker, thanks for reading my post

jonas 8 years, 2 months ago

This would not probably not be hypocritical if the comment had come from anyone other than moveon.org. They are, like Fox, laboring under a bias that is immediate obvious to anybody who is not also laboring under that same bias.

lefthanded 8 years, 2 months ago

FYI, dorothyhr and anxiousatheist,

The US government is not a democracy but rather a republic whereby people elect representatives who make policy decisions on their behalf as opposed to consulting the people on all or any of those decisions while in their elected post. The idea being you continue with your day to day life and the elected official will handle the policy issues impacting your day to day life.

I don't believe true democracy is what the original framers of the constitution desired. Here's James Madison regarding them, (they) "have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths" (Federalist No. 10).

True democracy is more visisble in the United States today in the form of "ballot initiatives" where the people vote directly on a policy issue such as gay marriage. The obvious fear the framers had of this type example of democracy in action was the people may vote while overcome with passion or for some reason not make a wise decision and now have a policy which will harm the state.

So, as this issue ties in with the Fox News thing, the US does appear to be moving toward a more purely democractic form of government with the advent of 24 hour news and "the people" becoming more interested and having opinions about policy so we will have to assume and/or hope that we are better informed than the people were two centuries ago.

Regarding Fox News, it is conservative where most other television news is more liberal. There are so many sources of news today that one has to take it all with a grain of salt and do ones best to make good decisions. Even if one doesn't like Fox News or the people who watch it, it's still a good idea to become familiar with ones enemy.

budwhysir 8 years, 2 months ago

I hate to be this way but when we turn our clocks forward 1 hour, this gives us another hour of daylight.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

Here is a link showing the text of the "vicious attack": http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/fox-news-boss-under-fire-over-joke-about-obama/2007/03/10/1173478726174.html It appears to me to be more of a "Bush isn't too bright, is he?" joke.

Chuck Anziulewicz 8 years, 2 months ago

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. FOX IS NEWS.

Porter 8 years, 2 months ago

Who said it's evil to make money, Pilgrim?

It's frustrating when you bring up a strawman. It's downright scary when you start quoting him.

Calliope877 8 years, 2 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this was the reason why Democrats cancelled out:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/10/debate.canceled/index.html

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