If I Were A Fox Contributor

Recently, Laura Ingraham was a guest on Howard Kurtz’s Sunday Fox show, “Media Buzz.” She offered what I thought was an intelligent solution to a problem that has been annoying me for some time.

As we all know, Fox remains an oasis on TV, the only news network that isn’t in the tank for Obama and the liberals. However, in attempting to comply with Roger Ailes’ desire that Fox be “fair and balanced,” too many shows have fallen into the habit of teaming up a liberal and a conservative, and having them spend five or ten raucous minutes shouting over each other and trading insults. We wind up with a lot of heat and absolutely no light.

Ingraham’s suggestion was to unload the liberals and, instead, invite conservatives on board and let them hash out their differences. She’s right. We already know the liberal positions because we read them in every newspaper and we hear them trumpeted every day over at the three major networks, along with CNN and MSNBC.

It would be far more enlightening to hear Republicans share their differences over immigration reform, same-sex marriages, gun laws, health care and foreign policy. What’s more, we would be spared ever again having to listen to the likes of Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel and Alan Colmes, flapping their gums.

In a related matter, if members of the media, people like Juan Williams and Rachel Maddow, are going to tell us how wonderful the Affordable Care Act is, I want them to announce whether they’ve signed up for the platinum, gold or silver, plan. And if they haven’t, it only goes to show how much brass they have to constantly act as shills for ObamaCare.

In 2012, pollster Nate Silver was the darling of the Left because he not only predicted that Obama would be re-elected, but got every swing state right. Then, for an encore, he predicted which turkey would receive a presidential pardon. This year, simply because he said that the GOP had a 60% chance of taking back the Senate, they suddenly began questioning not only his honesty and qualifications, but his legitimacy. Talk about killing the messenger. If they take a mere prediction this hard, imagine how they’ll carry on when they actually lose the Senate and watch Harry Reid revert, Cinderella-like, from the second most powerful politician in Washington to just another cranky mouse.

The pro-abortion females, composed for the most part of women who keep telling us how empowered they are, give the game away every time they pretend they can’t afford a few bucks a month for birth control pills, and need the rest of us to finance their sex lives.

Another annoying habit of theirs is to equate abortions with health care. How is it they inevitably fail to factor in the cost to the emotional and mental well-being of those who undergo the procedure? I don’t buy for a second that most women don’t pay a huge price for ending the life that is taking place inside their wombs.

Obviously, I am not referring to the likes of Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis and the cold-blooded harridans who hang out at Planned Parenthood, and who seem to believe that murdering the defenseless is their birthright.

Some of those man-on-the-street interviews that have begun to permeate late night television are just plain funny. But recently, a man took his camera and microphone to the campus of American University, which just happens to be located in Washington, D.C. He asked a cross section of students if they could identify just one current member of the U.S. Senate. Most could not.

He also asked how many senators there are. They didn’t know that, either, so it’s no surprise they also had no idea how many senators are allotted to each state. Their embarrassing guesses ranged from five to a dozen.

But all is not lost. Almost without exception, they knew that the hit song from the animated film “Frozen” was “Let It Go.”

Understand that unlike most of those segments that are shot on Hollywood Boulevard or in Times Square, where you wouldn’t stand out from the crowd if you were dressed up as a gorilla or were wearing two coke spoons as earrings, this is a place where the yearly tuition is $41,316.

I suppose that some would say that parents who balked at forking over $165,264 for an education that apparently places a higher premium on music trivia than on civics are cheap and small-minded.

I, on the other hand, would say that parents who subsidize their children’s education only to discover they don’t know the first thing about their government are not cheap and not necessarily small-minded, but they are definitely suckers.

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  • buckrodgers

    If I was a Fox Contributor, I would be consistently be reminding the American People that the Democrats had a once in a lifetime chance to pass comprehensive immigration, equal pay for women, higher taxes for the wealthy and anything else they wanted when they controlled both Houses of Congress with a super majority and President Obama in the White House to sign it into law, instead of constantly criticizing conservatives for trying to stop what the Democrats never wanted in the first place, because this is the reason the media is turning into a three ring circus, with a bunch of clown journalists, who have no journalistic standards whatsoever, running around with a press card in one hand and a worthless eBay discounted Pulitzer in the other hand, it’s a shame that honest hardworking reporters don’t stand up to irresponsible clowns that have taken over and left a stain on a once proud industry.

  • brickman

    I also have noticed that conservatives who made fun of Nate Silver’s less than macho persona now have a bromance with him.

  • Concernedmimi

    Another great article, Burt. I’m with you; we really need more conservative talk to get out to the people. How else are they going to learn the difference, when all they hear is the parroting of the liberal views on every other channel (or the lack of; or skewed information); even local news seem to have their heads where the sun doesn’t shine; and purposely not reporting on government corruption.

  • helplessinil

    How about a change to “Conservative and Proud”, “if you want the Liberal point of view, go back to where you changed the channel from” or “Americans and Believers in Freedom of Speech”. Haven’t you seen or heard James Carville on FOX yet. He has always made me sick and my granddaughters are scared sh*tless when they see his face on TV. He is all smiles while the conservatives talk, like they don’t know what they are talking about. Are you really surprised that the DNC turned on Nate Silver, they do it the minute you disagree with their point of view. The college kids didn’t recognize Joey Biden, but knew Katie Party and Miley Circus in a heartbeat. What does that tell you about America’s future?

    PS. My wife and I have decided that IF Hillary is elected as our next Prez, we are moving to Mexico, we would rather live under the Drug Cartel than 8 years of her cr@p.

    Thanks for all your insightful and enjoyable articles, they make my day

  • Porkbevr

    You nailed it, Burt. The current state of affairs in this country is such a clusterf*ck that it depresses me when I read about it. When I think back about what a great country we had just a generation ago and how bright the future looked, it is difficult to believe that we’re in our current state. Thanks, liberals, for everything!!

  • artlouis

    You might get some lively discussions if you had a panel consisting of Republicans of all stripes, but when you narrow it still further, to conservatives, you are likely to run short on disagreements. Not sure that this would make for good TV, although it would be a refreshing change from Williams, the windup propaganda doll.