Monday, September 03, 2012

Goodbye FOX News – This Week; and Dems' Convention Theme Song

I won't be watching FOX News this week, at all, which is a major departure from my daily routine and may have some repercussions, but I have been maneuvered into a corner and this is the result.

Usually I start my workday by getting headlines from Fox and Friends, switch to Stuart Varney and Company for an update on business issues and the stock market, and finish off with Neil Cavuto and then Bret Baier's Special Report.

That combination gives me a good overview of what is happening in the world, plus in-depth analyses of selected issues. Generally speaking I find the people I watch to be competent and thorough journalists – although some of their guests and "contributors" generate an automatic channel change.

But all this week FOX and everyone else will be reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been listening to the national Dems spout propaganda and whining like a bunch of spoiled brats ad nauseum for the past four years and frankly I can't take another second of it. (I say 'national' Dems because I have a lot of friends who are Democrats but they have far more common sense than their national spokespeople.)

While I'm at it, here is my entry for the theme song for the Democratic Convention and the Obama-Biden ticket. Maybe we should change the title to Have Pity on the (Un)Working Man! Thanks to Mr. Home Run Holmes for the video.

The lineup of convention speakers mirrors the typical Sunday morning political talk shows and I already know what they are going to say. But to my complete amazement – and probably to the rest of thinking Americans too – the headline speaker for the entire convention is not Barack Hussein Obama, the outgoing president of the country, but Bill Clinton the disgraced former president who was impeached within most voters' recent memory.

It's bad enough to hear the Dems' propaganda specialists gushing about Clinton's appearance as if we all should be so thrilled about it, but the media also seems all too willing to forget that his term in office was an abomination. Take for instance the Fox News Sunday show yesterday – I didn't watch the first half because the guests were Obama apologists and like I said, I already know what they have to say and I rejected their arguments long ago.

But I did watch the panel discussion on the second half and I was amazed, stunned even, when panelist Kirsten Powers said, and I quote here, that Clinton's speech "will be the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for the Democratic convention and the Obama campaign.

WHAT???!!! When was this woman born? Is she a toddler? Is she still in infancy? What an insult to the people at Good Housekeeping! Oh, right, she was a Clinton staffer. That explains it … I guess. But the thing that shocked me was that no one else on the panel challenged her!

Unless she is in complete denial I invite Ms. Powers to do a simple Google search on her former boss. Using just his name kicks up a few websites for his foundation – he probably has a program that automatically makes thousands of hits each day just to keep it at the top of the Google search results – but the first page of returns still trumpets IMPEACHMENT on the 5th or 6th entry and you can't miss it.

But if you do a Google search for Bill Clinton and any variation on the word 'crime' you get an avalanche of sites that contain myriad allegations of criminal activity going all the way back to his days in Arkansas. Take for instance this website which has a section headlined RECORDS SET and then this partial list of 'accomplishments':

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

Wow, and this rates a Good Housekeeping Seal! And that list doesn't even get into issues such as "girlfriends named Monica," or "presidential cigar tricks" or "pranks on friends named Yasser."

So what will I be doing with my time while the Dems are conducting their group whine session? Well, tonight for instance there is two-hour rerun of Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell in prime time on Fox television so, since I didn't see the original, it trumps the Dems – which is a given.

Then there is a plethora of other shows to watch on the History, Discovery and HGTV channels including: new episodes of Pawn Stars; new episodes of Storage Wars – YUUUP; new episodes of American Pickers; more of the Gordon Ramsay Trilogy including new episodes of Hell's Kitchen and Master Chef on Tuesday during prime time; new episodes of House Hunters both domestic and international; and of course Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection. I even have some recorded reruns of Yard Crashers if necessary.

Do you know what is on at the same time Bill Clinton will be giving his seal of approval speech? Storage Wars Texas – Ricky and Bubba, Stickin' it to Victor! Kind of appropriate don't you think? You know where I'll be at that time.

Oh, and American Hoggers has new episodes on during the Dems' convention. Have you seen those girls chasing down those wild pigs? Wow! I'll bet there's a million guys out there who sit in their recliners every time that show comes on and imagine getting hogtied – so to speak – by either or both of those beauties. Sorry, did I write that out loud?

So you see, there is plenty to do while I insulate myself from a week of false accusations, excuses, lame promises to do better next time – there won't be a next time – and really stupid remarks from the democratic leadership.

But, there is one thing bothering me. Do you think if I quit FOX News cold turkey I could get withdrawal symptoms?


Anonymous said...

Ron, I stopped watching Fox et al a long time ago. Sean hannidy and bill oreilly are annoying. I used to switch over from Fox to msnbc to indulge the rational of the left. It was painful to say the least, but tried to get a grasp of both sides to no avail. So I stopped watching all, including the new "unbiased cnn". Pure garbage. Just a bunch of screaming over people. No legitimate news what so ever.

During the republican convention, I flipped around a bit, until I fell on bill orielly...just after the gov of main introduced the small business owner to tell his story...bill then said, "oh, that's no one important so we'll go to our commentators..." Discusted, I promised myself, I will NEVER watch bill or FOX again.

That said, I don't see why you have issues w FOX being at the dem convention when msnbc was at the republican convention. I believe they should be there - for the same reasons. I agree with your disgust with Fox's content...but not for purposes of being sure this convention has conservatives interviewing liberals.

I, Personally like and suggest watching uninterrupted public access to be able to develop your own you do so well.

Ron Winter said...

Thanks for the response. Like you I don't watch the evening Fox shows and have no use for the so-called Fair and Balanced "debates" which as you say are generally just people insulting each other and talking over each other.

I don't have a problem with FOX being at the Democratic convention, I just don't want to watch it. If there was something new in the Dems' positions, if they had something to offer besides mindless personal attacks ... maybe. But they don't so I'll be watching the other shows I mentioned.

I guess I'm a news junkie at heart and like you have jumped all over trying to get some real info unvarnished by b.s.

The FOX shows I named do, I believe, make a real effort at bring us information, albeit at times sullied by the "contributors." But for this week, I'll get my headlines from Breitbart.

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