Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Channel #26

FOX News Channel is a joke of a news station not because of the obvious media bias but because of the yellow journalism.
Yellow Journalism in terms of five characteristics:[1]

  1. scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
  2. lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
  3. use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudo-science, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
  4. emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips (applies to newspapers), TV equivalent is the"Special" or "Exclusive"
  5. dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.
I've watched enough TV to understand it's all entertainment and escapism. TV is not influential beyond crass-commercialism. FOXNEWS has tried to change that by relating all their statements to the almighty Christian Lord and Savior.

I've also taken years of journalism classes for fun and worked on some school papers, I've also taken many media-communications classes and the one common thread is to tell the story and that's it. As an engineering major I have the extra push to never give opinions and just what happened and not to draw conclusions unless it can be scientifically validate. This station is for political science majors, which is the most useless degree unless you are a obsessed with power.

Just watched Hannity and On The Record with Greta Van Sustreren and they have perfected the scare tactic of nonsense questions. Can wolves kill you family while the democrats do nothing? Well there are thousands of wolves set free by leftists and you may die?
Ignoring the fact about wolves. At the end of the report nothing has solved since there was no problem to begin with. (Oh replace wolves with Obama and your at FOXNEWS or a hate blog.)

All that bad stuff said I do watch this channel on non-NYC breaking stories. Since they have no issues crossing the line they are quick to report any information fast, granted I must wait a few hours to find out if any of it was true or not on another station.

Bill O'Reilly a Morton Downey Jr. replacement out of the NY tabloid market he is famous for starting "The War on Christmas". This "war" was a fictitious thing that he started when someone wished him a Happy Christmas, yes to the rest of world I know that is a common greeting.

I wouldn't say avoid this station just understand what your watching. Once you do the whole thing is very funny.

..to erase the above rant
: I'm still in my senior year and noticed I've taken about 63 classes and have about 189 credits even though all I need to graduate is 130. Just looking over my records I mix half engineering/science classes and half non-degree classes. I love learning new things but after a couple of classes I move on. Spanish, French, Journalism, Computer Programming, Quantum Mechanics, Art, History, etc. all unnecessary, all high grades, and all mostly forgotten.
Still not completing overwhelmed since last semester I got an A, A-, A-, and B+. I'll pat myself on the back for that.

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