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I don't believe I've ever been this angry or sickened - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
I don't believe I've ever been this angry or sickened
than I am now. I've been watching the horrendous coverage of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, watching NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN & MSNBC. What I saw on all channels were people reporting honestly and brutally about what was happening. The only "politics" were regarding Romney and his "Romney-Ryan Disaster Relief Rally". And why was this considered politics? Because even though Romney, like Obama, stated he would suspend his campaign, Romney, who was in Ohio already, went ahead with a scheduled campaign event - but changed the name of it! When folks arrived, the movie about his life began playing, flyers were handed out and Romney accepted the canned goods folks had been asked at the last minute to bring (in spite of the fact that the Red Cross specifically asks that we don't donate canned goods etc.). 

Meanwhile, in the real world, both Democrat and Republican district representatives, mayors and Governors, worked together, worked with the President, in order to do their best for the people of their respective districts, cities and states.

After being inspired by the bi-partisan cooperation, something sadly lacking in the last two years, I made the mistake of turning on FoxNews a few minutes ago. That was the big mistake. The Hannity Show was on but he was NOT talking about the hurricane. No, sir. Did he mention the efforts - the bi-partisan efforts - on behalf of all the Americans affected by this superstorm? NO. Instead, Hannity  told us that tomorrow night, Clint Eastwood would be his guest to tell the world why he supports Romney and after the break? The hurricane? Sorry, no. He chose instead to interview *heavy sigh* Newt Gingrich. So did they discuss the storm or the efforts of the government (city, state and federal) to do everything possible? NO. Instead, the bombastic Gingrich was sharing his viewpoint on Benghazi and the "Obama cover-up" and continual lying by his administration with both Hannity and Gingrich agreeing that if  "...America doesn't know the truth by Election Day, it should mean a No-Re-election..." and then......fuck, it's not even worth repeating, but it was enough to get me up to turn on my computer and post this and that means ANGRY because getting out of bed was a no-go. Anger can really get that adrenalin pumping.

Shoot, I just turned Hannity on again - me bad. They're now using the hurricane against Obama. 

This means that the majority of people who use FoxNews for their information - are hearing nothing about the heroic, herculean and bi-partisan efforts of this country to save people, get power back, drain flooded cities, set up shelters, get water to people who are, at the moment, surrounded by polluted and dangerous water, and save those who are still literally stranded in their cities.

I pray they change the channel because they care enough to want to find out what's happening - and then angry enough to wonder why FoxNews failed to provide the coverage.

This is a total life-altering event that will affect this country and the states hardest hit not just for now or a few weeks from now, but for years. It will change how the areas destroyed - rebuild. Weather will be a real force by which new plans are made because no matter the reason for our new 'weather' patterns, we're recognizing they exist and demand change on our part. It's scary and horrifying and we all have friends in affected areas - and we all live in areas with their own natural disaster-type events, be they earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts or hurricanes. Isn't now the best time to drop party lines?

Oh, shoot, now MSNBC and my hero, Rachel Maddow, are covering Ohio, the storm - and yes, politics. I suppose they feel the need to fight what FoxNews is doing, but I'm sorry, it's just NOT THE TIME. If we haven't made up our minds by now - than we're idiots. And the money spent on air time for stupid political ads is shameful right now - for both parties. I realize some ads were already paid for so will run anyway - but new ads? During this catastrophe? And at a time when most of those who might still be undecided live in the storm area? Unforgivable, wasted money that could be used to HELP, and thus irresponsible.

Okay, off my soap box so I can go back to bed.

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nerthus From: nerthus Date: November 1st, 2012 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll get no arguments from me, that's for sure.
gillianinoz From: gillianinoz Date: November 1st, 2012 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
As we watched it unfold on the news I wondered aloud to my mother how Fox News would manage to blame the storm on President Obama. I was only half joking -I was pretty sure he'd get the blame for something.

Fox is madly pushing this Benghazi thing. They will not let it go. It's sickening - with so much real stuff happening, and they are still trumpeting their made up story.

cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: November 6th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aly, I stay away from Hannity for the most part. You have to know he is the conservative answer to Bill Maher, who I can't stand as it is.

You should watch news on Fox midday - around 3. I find on the most part this news is nonpartisan and actually detailed. They ARE showing things that the main media is not showing. People upset with all officials (and should be), walk-throughs in public housing that is horrible. And frank discussion with people on the street. I haven't seen this on any other news.

Honestly, and I am being frank, if I want bias conservative info I sometimes watch (rarely) the evening hours on FOX, but for actual news including some good debates between both parties, I do watch it in the middle of the day. I have given up on ABC, CBS, and NBC. I have even given up on local news. It has become more like Entertainment Tonight blah!

But I will say it over and over ALL MEDIA is propaganda. They are in favor of their sponsors. Obama did his job as president, but he also campaigned as he should. It's the nature of the beast.

As far as the fairness of what's going on. It's time that people listen to those who have lived through these storm...like Hugo here. Federal money and troops are very important. Bureaucrats and FEMA are a nuisance. The local officials should be totally running the show, they should know what their people need. And if they need advice they need to turn to those who did live through it, such as Mayor Riley. The major thing is that these people ignored the fact that they could be the victim of a hurricane or tropical storm. Now comes a rude awaking for them all, the act of preparedness and building regulations. Life for most of those people on the coast have changed permanently.

Edited at 2012-11-06 08:17 pm (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: November 7th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

I wish I could agree, but we both know

we've happily agreed to disagree while keeping our friendship intact. Thank GOD. Here's why I have to disagree this time. :)
They are in favor of their sponsors....

Maybe it's more correct to say news content and how it's reported reflect their owner/s rather than sponsors. Conservative leaning 'Sponsors' know exactly where to go to place their ads (Fox) and the progressives also know where to do the same.

As for proving the right-leanings of Fox News? Just look at its owner: Rupert Murdock. Anything else needed to prove its stand on politics? Further prove: Rupert hired former U.S. Republican Party political strategist, Roger Ailes to run his Fox News channel to ensure it favored the GOP. And yep, all of this info can be found at your library (the only source one can truly trust these days as the words 'in print' back in the 90's can't be altered *G*).

As for MSNBC, it's now owned by one of the most conservative groups out there: Comcast (they own 51% vs GE's 49% & is my particular 'beast' because of their ridiculous censorship). Even so, the biggest difference between the Fox News Channel and MSNBC is that MSNBC admits to being a progressive-based show while Fox still hotly denies its leanings. And while it's true both networks have some hosts giving a more unbiased product, after watching both, IMHO, MSNBC wins hands down and to the point that I can't watch Fox at all anymore. Sorry, Susan. :(

In addition, Fox News itself (not just the channel) has now taken over several local channel news programs across the country. For instance, UPN unloaded their own news and now air Fox. :( They're doing the same on radio as well (and all under a suspicious cloud, btw).

As for MSNBC, I suspect it will change gradually from the progressive network it is now - to something more "Comcast-like". :( Comcast continues to grow as does its power thanks to the hiring of sons and daughters of important politicians, judges, etc. in its bid to aid its lobbyists, law suits and desire to be a monopoly while denying that it is one. :(

Sadly, the day of 'just reporting the news and damn the ratings' are over. Instead, they seek to entertain in order to win ratings - and we the people are responsible for this shift. We're the ones demanding the entertainment, the need to hear ONLY what we want to hear. Our own fault. But for those who still want real news? We'll have to work harder to find it, that's all. :(
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: November 7th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish I could agree, but we both know

Sorry....in my sleepy state I said 'sponsor', I meant OWNERS.

I still think you should give Fox a chance in the afternoons. I saw the best interview with Bob Woodward a couple of weeks ago. And I did watch the news on NBC tonight, Fox coverage of the storm surpass what they did.

At no time have I heard anyone on Fox BLAME Obama for causing Sandy or using Sandy as a photo op on Fox news programs....that is all except Hannity, which is a conservative show for conservatives. I seriously wouldn't be surprise if he did say that at some point. But again I equate him with Maher.

I rarely watch MSNBC, it will be interested to see how it changes since the Comcast takeover. Since I have never been thrilled with GE's influence.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: November 7th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish I could agree, but we both know

Boy, we sure don't watch the same Fox. I watched Fox to see their coverage of Sandy and saw nothing. Zip. All they discussed (on three different shows over the two days following Sandy) was Benghazi. I did see a bit on Chris Christie and his praise for Obama - which was immediately followed by a remark that Christie was famous for moving his own career forward by 'appearing' to not care about partisan politics. *shrug*

I have given Fox a chance, trust me. Fox and Friends, The Five, Huckabee, and mid-day (which is three hours off, so is really mid-morning, I guess?), America Live with Megyn Kelly followed by Studio B. As for their 'real' news show, Fox Report with Shepard Smith - no, I can't say it's even remotely unbiased. :( Sorry. Needless to say, Bill O'Reilly is a no go anymore - gave him a try for over a month but my blood pressure couldn't handle it (kept wanting to scream at the screen). :(

So yes, I've given FNC more than enough time, so do me a favor and try TRMS (6:00pm my time, so 9:00pm, yours) on MSNBC for a bit? Tit for tat? *BG*

Just a little note: GE had little influence on MSNBC - in fact, their failure to influence MSNBC was a subject of several articles & fights and MSNBC has continually reported events that showed GE in a very bad light. OTOH, FNC ignored the Rupert Murdock scandal almost completely, as if it never existed. The lack of any reporting on Rupert was the subject of several reports on TV, but became more obvious when Murdock's network in the UK didn't shy away at all, nor did several of his papers/magazines. Only FNC ignored it almost completely. :( That's one of the many reasons I can't give Fox News Channel any credit - that and the way their buying their way into other channels. :( Sorry, babe.

All this is easy to check.
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: November 7th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish I could agree, but we both know

I'll give TRMS a chance in a week. I will beg to differ on the coverage on Sandy.

Right now I am not a happy voter. And the numbers show that quite a fe people are like me.
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