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December 17, 2005

Lifestyles Family Fitness Replaces MSNBC with Fox News

Working out is supposed to be a nice happy stress-relief healthy kind of thing, and I left the gym this morning really pissed off. Fox News is right-wing propaganda plain and simple. We go there for our health, not to be brainwashed.

I'm at the gym this morning, as all his holiday cheer has begun to make me feel a bit like a cow. Now imagine my shock, after planting myself on the usual treadmill in front of the usual TV showing MSNBC, when I see it's now playing Fox News.

Right next to that TV was CNN. I'll compare and contrast, says me -- see how each "news" station deals with the stories of the day.

The big story this morning appeared to be Chimpy authorizing secret eavesdropping on Americans and, as it seems, being downright tootin' proud of it.

Fox News certainly showed Bush yip-yapping a lot more than CNN, while CNN had some legitimate analysis and even a statement from Senator Russ Feingold saying something along these lines:

Feingold said it was "absurd" that Bush said he relied on his inherent
power as president to authorize the wiretaps.

"If that's true, he doesn't need the Patriot Act because he can just make it
up as he goes along. I tell you, he's President George Bush, not King
George Bush. This is not the system of government we have and that we
fought for," Feingold told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

But the only analysis Fox News had was a quote from Rudolph Giuliani, which I can't find at the moment, defending this policy or the Patriot Act or some such infringement on our civil liberties. But the bestest part of the whole thing, was the headline above the quote "Patriotic Support."

For the love of God and all that's holy, how the living fuck can you call defending policies that take away our freedoms and liberties as patriotic? And how can a TV station that claims to provide "news" say such a thing.

Hanging on every word the President says and defending his every fart is not patriotic, it embarrassing and foolish.


  • At December 17, 2005, Anonymous mary said…

    Defending his every fart! That's funny. Good post, you.

  • At December 17, 2005, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said…

    FOX: Specializing in Neocon Fart Defense since....

    Just forwarded the Dowd to you. I don't subscribe, but my brother does and sends it to me. Let me know if there's any trouble with it, OK?

  • At December 17, 2005, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said…

    just got a "failed delivery notice" on trying to send the dowd. says you don't have an active yahoo.

  • At December 17, 2005, Blogger mikevotes said…

    It's obviously not his identical comments, but Giuliani has an editorial in the NYTimes today(free,) and I would bet it's the exact same thing.

    It's obvious he's being trotted out to remind everyone of 9-11 to justify this breach of the constitution.

    I mean, where has he been, and he suddenly surfaces just to defend this national security issue on which he has no direct knowledge or experience?


  • At December 17, 2005, Blogger mikevotes said…

    And, in between these two comments, I decided to blog this, and cited you as reference on the Fox News appearance.


  • At December 17, 2005, Blogger sideshow bob said…

    Where were all these patriotic Americans insisting that the office of the President needed unquestioning support during the Clinton administration?

  • At December 18, 2005, Anonymous Gordon said…

    Tell your gym to change the station. If they say the other patrons requested it, ask the gym personnel just exactly whom, and go kick the crap out of 'em. Then request it be changed back.


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