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Fox News' historic mistake

Here's a large statement with scanty evidence, yet one I believe nonetheless: 21st century media historians will record that the decline of Fox News Channel as a dominant force in right-wing politics began on May 16, 2011.
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May 17, 2011, 7:19 pm
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I watched the Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly segment last night and no I’m not 65 years old. I guess what I would offer in response to this article is simply: this is why people don’t read newspaper websites any more. Jon Stewart on Bill O’Reilly is News? This is the tipping point to Fox News Channel’s downturn? Where are you objective in this article Dan? Oh wait you aren’t with the paper that published this.

The real problem is your opinion lumps O’Reilly in with Beck, Hannity and others. If you spend about 2 weeks watching O’Reilly, you’ll see he looks at both sides and then says what he thinks. He invites people on the left onto his show all the time to debate him. Who else does this? O’Reilly is conservative but questions the right as well as the left. But unfortunately, the left has labeled him as the spokesperson for Fox News. Why? My guess is you are just really haven’t watched his program. It’s OK, I didn’t watch him for a long time. Watch his show and them write an intelligent article.

No one seems to trust anyone in America anymore. Isn’t that the real problem in the U.S.? And your article just fuels the fire thst the right is white old males who are out of touch.

At first blush, it sounds like you grew up in the 60’s but my guess is you are just haven’t lived long enough to understand the older you get the more you learn that making predictions are easy because in our society of today, no one will remember what you wrote yesterday because they are focused on today and what they need to do tommorow.

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May 20, 2011, 8:38 am
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@gatorsgranny

The real problem is your opinion lumps O’Reilly in with Beck, Hannity and others. If you spend about 2 weeks watching O’Reilly, you’ll see he looks at both sides and then says what he thinks. He invites people on the left onto his show all the time to debate him. Who else does this? O’Reilly is conservative but questions the right as well as the left.

Is that what you think O’Reilly is? 

“Conservative?”

I remember when O’Reilly’s show on Fox was still fairly new, and the buzz about it was how he’s so “independent.”  I didn’t think that at the time, nor did I find him “conservative.”  He seemed to me like a crafty political hate-baiter, and still does.  But that’s neither nor conservative; it’s just manipulative.  And that’s become rather the case with Fox (and like-minded media) in general: hatred is being dispensed in a wrapper that says, rather flatteringly: conservative.

What’s truly sad is that the audience doesn’t know what, in the relevant sense, “conservative” even means.  It’s a thing they pride themselves on, a good thing to be.  The word seems to imply a certain integrity and common sense.  And so if suspicion about the circumstances of the birth of our black President fits that mold, well, that’s just being conservative, right?

Tell me, Conservatives: what are you conserving?

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May 21, 2011, 7:13 am
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Tell me conservatives: what you conserving? What in the world does that mean? That conservatives don’t care about conservation? Why would you bring up the Presidents’ birth certificate? I never believed he was not born in America. If there was any truth to that our entire country: conservatives, liberals, independents, un-decideds, would all look foolish in the eyes of the world.

I think the bigger problem is noone knows whom to believe today as far as media is concerned. I watch a multitude of Networks and try to understand what is true and what is un-true. You think O’Reilly is manipulative? So does that mean you think the other anchors or Networks are not manipulative?

And yes, I think O’Reilly says what he thinks and presents both sides. And I have read his books and I can relate to his background and upbringing and I watch his shows.

I think my comments gave you my point of view. Your view that O’Reilly and Fox News is all hatred wrapped up as something else is extremely disturbing. Give me a clear cut example of hatred on his show and I’ll listen. My guess is you don’t like O’Reilly or Fox. You don’t think they represent your point of view and they are all haters. We can agree to disagree.

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