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4/19/2013 9:58:00 PM
Letter: Fox News shows are anything but fair


Joe Gandelman's April 9 column on Tuesday regarding Fox News is spot-on. His point regarding "how far our punditry has fallen... that commentators take the easy way out by name-calling and swearing rather than (presenting) a serious specific argument" is so true.

This all came about because of actor Jim Carrey's negative comments about Fox. However, the point is that Fox commentary is not a serious broadcast, nor is it "fair and balanced."

One example is a discussion about North Korea on "The Five" program. The debate revolved around a purported lack of action and intelligence on the part of the Obama administration. There were no facts and no serious arguments used, and most of the program just bashed the president. No ideas or actions were suggested for this international crisis.

A second example was on "Hannity." He interviewed former mayor Rudi Giuliani about North Korea, attempting to bait him into damning the president's supposed CIA intelligence lapses and U.S. inaction. Giuliani would not bite. Giuliani explained how we have never been able to know what goes on in North Korea for the last 50 years. Hannity did not look pleased.

Finally, Hannity at-tempted to denigrate a broadcast competitor. He called Brian Williams, the news anchor at NBC, a "so-called" journalist and referred to NBC as the "left-wing Peacock Network."

Put-downs are the norm and the same old liberal tags are thrown out frequently, like the left being elitists or socialists.

Thus, the Fox commentary programs are nothing more than the mouthpiece of conservative multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch spewing half-truths, lies, and propaganda to further the causes of the radical right and big business. These shows are always negative, bashing the government or the president with no serious or balanced arguments.

Bob Lynne


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

More than anything else, too many of today's so-called "conservatives" have no idea what the word actually means. Driven by paranoia, by racism, by misogyny, bigotry, and by religious fanaticism. They have confused reaction with conservatism. This phenomenon has largely been driven by right-wing media outlets like Fox News, which deliberately play on the pet fears and delusions of these people, in effect frightening them into trying to take a more active part in a political process of which they have no real understanding or even conception. And in states and districts in which, at least in rural areas, such people outnumber more educated, serious, open minded people. The reactionaries (like the Tea Party) which call themselves "conservatives" have managed to shift the Republican Party so far to the Right that even millions of Americans who do not trust liberals or progressives no longer have anywhere else to turn even to find traces of rationality.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

@Si!Se me Puede

Logic and facts continue to escape you.

You said Obama bought the election with "free stuff". I added Mitt Romney's 47% to drive home the point that was the Republican lie that lost them the election.

And with a margin of victory of 2 1/2 million votes and 126 electoral votes, it wasn't even close. Voter fraud is another red herring fed to you by the Republican Party and you inhaled that one hook, line and sinker!

The only cases of voter fraud in the last election was found to be by the Republican party and its operatives. And voter suppression is an active policy of the Republican party to deny people their constitutional right to vote.

You said "100% ballot cast for only Obama in certain areas". That would be a black, poor neighborhood which wouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

And speaking of "global manipulators" you forgot Rupert Murdoch!

As for the Medicare funds "stolen" by Democrats, you are referring to the 700 billion dollars that the Republican Party and Mitt Romney said Obama took from Medicare. That lie was referring to reduced payments to the drug companies and providers, not enrollees. This dastardly deed was so awful that Republican budget guru Paul Ryan adopted them into his budget!

For someone that says "I do not watch nor listen to Fox News", you sure parrot their line verbatim. If not them, then who? Rush? Glenn? That's even worse!

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Rick

Idiotic letter from a far left liberal. From Bob Lynn? What else is he going to say? I suppose Wolfe Blitzer and those from MSNBC, CNN and the others speak the "truth". What a fricking joke that is.
Nobody can be as wrong as Lynn. This must be a spoof letter just to get people's goats. If it's not stinking, stir the pot kinda letter.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Hobbes2 aka Sam Brunstein

TO: The Rev

Who wrote: "I think highly of these people and you Hobbes2. May I hear your voice, fully, for years to come."

WOW! Thank you, Rev, that is much appreciated.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Unleash The Liberals

@Bob, have you ever read the book about the Clintons Whitewater scandal and murder, A Washington Tragedy, if not, you will certainly wake up and smell the coffee brewing.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Knowing your affliction do not take the following wording poorly Sam.

Prophets are always denounced in vile ways yet these souls, through the taunts and sometimes danger, continue to speak their Truth. I think highly of these people and you Hobbes2. May I hear your voice, fully, for years to come.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Well Bob you can rant all you want to about Fox News, but the facts are the facts: It draws more folks than all the other cable news channels combined, and it has for years. Even so-called liberals watch it more than joke stations like MSNBC (honestly, that is so horrible it's emabarrasing) and CNN (they will say anything to get viewers, even that there were bombing suspects in custody lol). They have the most viewers because they have the best people on the air. The facts are the facts dude.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ Bob Lynne

Wrong again! Stop deceiving yourself. Read the facts about Satan. AKA, Barack H Obama. Put your faith in Jesus Christ, not Obama.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

@Si!Se! me Puede

You said: "Such knowledge, such tragedy, such overwhelming abandonment of common sense by people we love and see everyday ..."

Did you ever think that maybe you are the one lacking common sense?

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Si!Se me Puede @ Give'm Hell Harry...give it a rest!

First, I never used the figure 47%, or any figure for that matter. You made that up.

Second, when I refer to Obama having 'stolen' the election I do not mean by stuffing the ballot boxes, although Democrats are well known for doing so, and there have been a lot of suspicious incidents of an almost impossible 100% ballot cast for only Obama in certain areas, not to mention clear cases of DNC sponsored poll workers voting several times on absentee ballots, etc, etc. No!

When I say stolen I mean the Obama machine lied time and again, bought a bunch of the electorate cell phones, gave away $100's of billions in welfare, and openly pushed for non-citizens to vote. And, yes, global manipulators like the socialist George Soros and seditious ACORN type organizations were behind much of it.

That's what I mean by 'stolen'.

Third, MEDICARE and Social Security are not the domain of 'old white conservatives' nor are such programs charity given from on-high by the blessing of King Obama. Everyone who is a citizen is eligible. People, taxpayers, mostly white conservatives, who believe in a work ethic, have paid into those federal programs for decades, and now seeing the funds 'stolen' by Democrats to fund ObamaCare, while providing benefits to aliens and persons who don't choose to work and have never paid a dime into the system is cause for alarm and protest. Yes.

Lastly, I do not watch nor listen to Fox News, UNLESS there is a breaking item of interest, you know, like another left wing Democrat goes crazy and starts shooting people, or an Islamist who the Obama government gave a pass to, blows up Boston.

Fox News at least is not outright lying about things, unlike CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC/NPR...well, in fact they do not tell the truth very often due to their socialist spin and lefty agenda.

Simple fact.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Media Stooges

@Prescott Valley Resident, "predictions from all the liberal media stooges"

Not one, depending upon your definition of liberal media, did I hear anything about characterizing the killers as right-wing extremist. So, who and when did "all the liberal media"? 'All' is pretty vast. Oh, never mind. You likely heard that on the right-wing propaganda channel low educational achievement.

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: AZ to SEA

Oh, Michelle Star could you please explain in detail and clarify your statement of “only hope the Republican has is to restrict minorities and women from voting, like they tried to do in 2012” and I wonder where you got this tidbit of information……MSNBC, NBC, CBS, etc.,

Sometimes I truly need a good chuckle and then I read a comment you make to a story, letter to the editor, etc. and sure enough I have a good laugh, just when I needed one.

This comment brought to you by someone who has many opposite characteristics you seem to think makes a Republican……an independent woman, a teacher and a coach with no religious affiliation, etc. How foolish does your stereotyping look now?

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

@Si!Se! me Puede

I'm sorry that you are again wrong on the facts which isn't surprising seeing where you get them from. According to Nielsen Media Research, cable news viewership increased in 2012 and it appeared largely because of gains at CNN, which was up 16% in prime time, and MSNBC, which was up 3%. Fox News experienced its second year of straight audience declines, dropping 3% in prime time, and HLN, despite a boost from high-profile crime trials, lost 11% of its prime-time viewership.

Like I said before, the mostly white, elderly viewers of Fox are leaving this earth. You are going to become a less viable segment of the voting population each coming year with the Republican Party's alienation of the public and their splintering from their internal squabbles.

And again just how was the election "stolen"?

Some facts? Was it the dastardly ACORN, George Soro's, the Black Panthers or ??? Or did the Republican candidates make their message so clear that the people stood in line for hours to defeat them despite your party's attempts to prevent them from voting?

You said: "our friends, family, and neighbors helped with the destruction of our once great country by keeping this buffoonish charlatan in office just so they could get free stuff taken from others."

You said it was the 47% addiction to "Free Stuff", you know, all the elderly (and mostly conservative) people that are on Medicare and Social Security? The veterans (like yourself) that receive benefits? You didn't win the last election with that false and tired argument and you aren't going to win it here either.

And finally: "Such knowledge, such tragedy, such overwhelming abandonment of common sense by people we love and see everyday can be overwhelming and leave one speechless for a bit."

Yes, you expected a much different outcome but you continue to believe what you are being fed by Fox News…

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Valley Resident

The predictions from all the liberal media stooges which stated that the Boston Bombers were white right wing extremists has proven you are wrong. Fox news waited until the facts came out. Bob Lynne stop wasting our time with your kool-aid drinking self.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

Sean Hannity is not a NEWS show it is opinion and he is allowed to say whatever he wants. NBC is a NEWS show they are supposed to report the facts and not take the liberal side always...GOT IT NOW? Go back to your NPR if it is still on the air, oh that's right my tax dollars support that garbage to keep it on.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mary Moore

Please add John Kerry to the list of B.S. Artists.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Si!Se me Puede @ @ Sisi la Phew

Sure the 'proper authorities' would investigate. Just like they did Benghazi, terror suspects whisked out of the country, Drone wars, and the DHS buying ammo, machine guns, and Obama tanks. et,al & ad nauseam.

Your attempt at being cute and dismissive are absurd and pitiful, yet provide a teaching moment of what is wrong with our system.

Our elected representatives are increasingly becoming nothing more than sociopaths on their way to psychopathy. Leading the charge to narcissistic sedition is none other than your favorite passing politician Barack Obama, and his gang of Chicago misfits, Muslims, and miscreants.

It would be a wonderful day in America again if the local & state governments, led by patriots, did indeed investigate and get to the bottom of the lies, voter fraud, and deceptions coming from DC as a matter of course.

We are failing as a society and nation for the very reasons highlighted unintentionally by your silly blurb, which says much more about yourself than me.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Liberal News Is Propaganda

Well, Bob, you sound like you are describing the liberal news stations, NOT Fox News. Racism and hateful remarks rule on the left side, not the right.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Hobbes2 aka Sam Brunstein

TO: The Rev

Who wrote: "We are who we are Hobbes2."

In response to my complaint about the constant "You (insert your favorite label here) always ....

Unfortunately, Rev, you are correct. I have to try and give up on that complaint, along with the one about "insults" because they do no good at all.

From now on, "Nothing but the facts, Ma'am."

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Moore

@Mr. Lynne, do you think Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and Bill Clinton are capable of telling any truths.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

Gee, Bob, how many left winged cable news stations are fair? NONE

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Get Real, Bob

@Bob Lynne-what is your idea of journalism? CNN or MSNBC where all they talk about are racists and hateful comments spewing from the left only? Fox News is NO.1 for a reason, seems you lefties are paranoid about anyone telling the truth.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Seems Fox News is not alone with that motto thing:

All the News That's Fit to Print.
World's Greatest Newspaper
Largest Circulation In The West
Lean Forward
Channel ## is on your side

Barring this advice: The key to finding truth is to know when you are being pitched no matter how right (correct) you are.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Sisi la Phew

Now that the truth is out and we all now know that the election was stolen, we question how long have you known about this. Isn't it against the law to keep this kind of information secret. You must come forward with any all information you hold, especially where they are keeping the election hidden from the country. Forward this information to all the local sheriffs so they can get right on this case and return the election to the people of this country. You are honor bound to do your duty to write this wrong.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: ronald raygun

Fox is nooze for folks who can't handle the truth.

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