Pae and I, in our spare time, try to keep up on current events, world affairs and the goings-on back home. Unfortunately for me, the only U.S. news broadcast available to us on our current cable provider is FOX News. Before the election season kicked off, we quite enjoyed spending a few hours a day watching the stories and even most of the reporting on FOX.
Then it came time to devote most of their air time to election coverage. From the beginning FOX has claimed their coverage to be "Fair and Balanced." After watching their coverage for months now, seeing the anger in their eyes and hearing the hate and resentment in their voices for any guest who lauds Barack's accomplishments, proposed policies, and candidacy in general, we both have come to the obvious conclusion that they are so far from being fair much less balanced.
They don't always pontificate with barbed tongues and furrowed brows. At times when McCain is down in the poles they appear sulky on air and deflated.
Hilariously, a week or so back one of the anchor teams had just finished pouting through a segment on how McCain was falling in the poles in battleground states, when they segwayed oh-so "fair and balancedly" to a stock market update. The markets were up around 400 points in early trading, gaining back some of the giant losses from the previous week, and the woman anchor smiled and sighed "At least there's something to be happy about today." I busted a gut laughing...and then minutes later they went to break, the theme song played in the background and their "Fair and Balanced, we report, you decide" ad popped on screen...seriously we got a good giggle out of that.
Now, this is not necessarily a FOX News bashing blog, because everybody knows that the other 4/5 of the U.S. media (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) leans just as far left as FOX leans right. I'm only singling out FOX as it's the only U.S. network we get here in Bangkok. I also am not bashing the views and opinions of the network or their anchors. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions no matter how far off base they may seem to someone else. I'm bashing their claims of a providing a fair and balanced coverage of the 2008 election.
Anyway, one of the guys on the network (a comedian) who bashes Barack with the best of them (to be fair, he would bash his own mother for comedy sake), said the following on his show "Red Eye" a late night FOX "news" program:
**The views expressed in Greg Gutfeld's "Greg-a-logue" do not represent the views or opinions of this blog. They are only being posted here for conversation sake and a good laugh.**
So Obama thinks that FOX News has hurt him in the polls, saying that even if he watched us, he wouldn't vote for himself either.
Now, I don't think he's wrong. I actually think FOX News does go after him. But hell, someone has to.
For my whole life, every network has been uniformly, heart-bleedingly liberal. Nearly every damn magazine, newspaper and after-school special spits out the same lefty assumptions — rich people greedy, Republicans bad, America evil — as though they are suffering from a Marxist version of Tourette.
And Obama is their guy.
That's why today, every anchor has a woodie for him, and every star-struck pop singer offers the Messiah their services for free. And there's the late night comics, who hammer Republicans seven times more often than Dems. It's just too easy to be funny.
But despite all this, you still have twerps soiling their diapers over FOX News just because it won't comply with an overarching liberal theocracy. You've got celebrity cretins like Tim Robbins, watchdog weenies like Media Matters and crybaby cranks like Keith Olbermann suffering seizures because FOX won't roll over.
I say, stop being a bunch of pussies, you pretty much own the airwaves. And as for you Obama, stop acting like a kid who complains because you got a 98 instead of a perfect grade. Seriously, you don't need mindless obedience from everyone to win.
So Obama, if you're expecting people here to kiss your ass, you'll need to go elsewhere. I hear there's a guy at MSNBC with a thrill up his leg dying to give you a sponge bath.
And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than Hitler.
Greg Gutfeld hosts "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" weekdays at 3 a.m. ET.
Again, I don't necessarily share any of Mr. Gutfeld's views or opinions, but I do appreciate the very pointed potty-mouth humor. That's why I watch Red Eye when I have a day off, just to laugh at some of the off the wall things he says.
Finally, our cable subscription does give us access to some international news programs, my favorites being BBC and Aljazeera (English version). For all you may have heard concerning either of these stations, I must confess that compared to the U.S. media, on U.S. politics (i.e. the presidential race) both the BBC and Aljazeera earn honors in my book for being both fair and balanced in their coverage.
Rather than put on 3 hours of biased propoganda, they report the facts. They report the public sentiment equally, both positives and negatives for both candidates. They don't take part in attempting to tear down one candidate or the other. They provide me a broader view of the election.
And if you want some interesting contrast, watch any report on FOX on how the surge in Iraq was so effective, and how these concrete walls and barriers that separate rival communities are the best thing since sliced bread. Watch an anchor ask a soldier how has Iraq changed since his last tour and the soldier reply "They painted the walls" refering to how the previously mentioned concrete separators are slowly being filled with graffiti, art, colorful paint.
And then watch an Aljazeera report ten minutes later showing how the walls are hurting the local businesses there, affecting the culture, separating families who live in different walled off sections of the city. It's interesting to see this contrast.
It's disappointing to see the ignorance of some of our people over there. Their lives are constantly at risk, I'm not taking anything away from them. They are all making a terrific sacrifice. But to laud a more aesthetically pleasing painted 10 foot high barrier, which effectively cuts communities off from their city, their families and their livelyhoods, while not understanding or even being aware of the cultural damage it causes, it disappoints me.
Are these areas safer, is violence down? It appears to be.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't right?