"People with opinions just go around bothering each other." -the Buddha
Wow, you nailed it. Your critiques of Presidents Carter and Kerry were right on. I've wonered where the JFKs, the Turmans, the FDRs of the Democrats are now. Good post.
Wow, you've really struck a nerve over there! Kudos on a great piece!
Dang! good article!
A little late to the party...but I enjoyed the piece as well. I skimmed some comments and thought several were unwittingly funnier than the main post. When teaching rhetoric to undergrads, I devoted at least one class period to discussing the correct definition of bias, how it has been popularly redefined, and how to handle source biases when using them to support their own arguments. Our textbook, in fact, had a table that located several of the most visible news media sources(including Fox News) on the political ideological spectrum. Still, some students remained rigidly in denial. Bravo to you to handling this topic reasonably but humorously.
Compelling article, just as I'd expected. You make some excellent points about not talking down to people, being more inclusive than exclusionary for sure. However I have to take issue with your assessment that everyone knows Fox is biased. It's just not true in my experience. I've spent time with my step-grandparents and their friends who don't think about bias in the news either way - it's just "what's on." They like that nice Bill O'Reilly "because he tells it like it is" - despite calling themselves lifelong Democrats! They then quote back stories with heinous republican spin as if it's the fair and balanced truth. They don't even remember what network it came from- they just Saw It On TV. That's the power of Fox News. You walk into an airport terminal or a bar or a barber shop and it's on...to most people it's just The News. Few people are as politically aware as you and I. They don't think about where the news comes from or how it's spun. And I don't mean they're stupid. I just mean they've got other things to think about. My own sigOth was one of them until we met. I think that Outfoxed was an excellent tool to get people thinking about news bias, especially one so egregious. The only downside is that it tends to preach to the choir. Then again, there's a local church in my neighborhood (one on a big anti-war campaign) that showed it as part of a weekend film series. I thought that was awesome.
Liz, that's a good point and I know a lot of people who don't really think about "bias" either.But all of the conservative people I know who like Fox News KNOW that it's a conservative source and that's WHY they like it. But of course I'm speaking of people who are kind of "into" politics... as for other people who just think they're "catching the news" you're probably right. They may not recognize.As for OUTFOXED, I was not so annoyed by the attempt to disclose the bias as I was by the ineffectiveness with which it was done. I just found it completely unmoving and poorly done.Thanks for a great comment.
Staci,I'm disappointed by your dishonesty. You claim " I’m liberal from the word go" but your article is filled with rightwing talking points. I could list what I mean, but I have a feeling I'd be copy and pasting your entire essay onto the comment box. Instead, I'll leave you with a question and challenge: Can you find one point in the essay which isn't a repetition of a rightwing talking point?
There are a couple points which come close. At one point you hint that we should mind our own business when it comes to homosexuality, but solely for the sake of leading into your real point that Democrats shouldn't champion social issues.At one point you say that Republicans cater to rich conservatives, but only to lead into a point on how Democrats cater to rich liberals... so the real point is that Republicans cater to conservatives and Democrats to liberals, which isn't very profound, is it?Forget the challenge. I've read through the entire essay again and you won't be able to come up with anything.
Interesting article. As a liberal, I have always felt that the Democrats have a problem figuring out how to sell themselves and their ideas in a way that speaks to people. As you said, "social issues are important, but they’re not necessarily popular; so to champion them at the expense of your core constituents may be noble, but it certainly isn’t smart."I think they need some good public relations help. Perhaps you can go work for them. :)
Anonymous, the truth is the truth, whether it happens to be a "right-wing talking point" or not. And Democrats who want to win elections instead of complain would do well to acknowledge it.
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