Fox News Flash: “The Earth is Round” Liberals: “Fox Lies”

It’s astounding to me that some people think that way.  Heck, Media Matters exists just to pick apart every word, phrase, sentence that is uttered on Fox News.

First, let me say that I watch the O’Reilly Factor regularly.  I love Bill and I don’t get why anyone doesn’t like him.  Maybe he’s an acquired taste like Judge Judy.  (I want to be Judge Judy when I grow up.)  As far as I’m concerned, his reporting is truly fair and balanced.  For just about every topic discussed, he’s got a conservative and liberal discussing the issue.  I don’t see this type of reporting on CNN and definitely not on MSNBC.

Bret Beier’s hard news show is excellent.  Shepard Smith does straight reporting.  I watch CNN at the gym and everywhere else that has a video monitor because it’s the only news outlet carried at airports and other public places.  I read the Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times regularly and will check the Los Angeles Times and NY Times if I really have to for my research.

The other day, a very intelligent and thoughtful friend of mine forwarded an email – one of those that gets circulated over and over and over – stating that Fox News “reported” that Congressional members don’t have to repay student loans.  You may’ve received the same email.

My liberal friend who sent the story was gloating because snopes.com said the information reported by Fox News was false.  After doing my own checking, I found that, yes, indeed, the notion that Congressional members don’t have to repay student loans is false, but what snopes.com did not confirm is that Fox News did not “report” the story; the spontaneous statement came from a guest on the Sean Hannity Show, Dick Morris!  Fox News never “reported” the story and never “disseminated” the information afterwards.

During a conversation with another friend, she mentioned that Fox News makes up stuff.  Well, when I tried to find out what story Fox News made up, she couldn’t give me an example because she doesn’t watch Fox News.

When I first started my blog, another gal said that she and I probably won’t have too much in common because she didn’t like Glenn Beck.  (This was when Glenn Beck was on Fox News.)  I wasn’t a regular viewer of his show, but I responded to my friend and said I hoped she came to the conclusion she didn’t like Glenn Beck because she’d watched his show for a number of weeks and decided he wasn’t her cup of tea.  There was silence.

I recently read a comment on some article and the author prefaced it by saying, “excuse the source, but Fox News reported….”

I’m always amazed that some people, who’ve never watched a single program on Fox news, have such a negative opinion about it.  If you mention Fox News, they automatically assume the story must be false or biased or made up.

I’m not a shill for Fox News but I get a lot more bang for my buck when I watch its programming.   I’ve got lots going on in my life and I appreciate getting both sides of an issue in a concise straightforward way.

There’s no question in my mind that the lame stream media is the source of these mindless attacks on Fox News.  After all, Fox News is now celebrating ten consecutive years at the top of the cable news rankings.  The liberal media is losing viewers and revenue.  Fox News is flourishing and they hate it.

This one I get.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    FOXNEWS GOING SOFT??????? THEY REPORT FOR WEEKS ABOUT GENERAL ELECTRIC, HOW THEY ARE
    SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS & PAY NO TAX. SO, WHAT DO FOXNEWS DO ? RUN THEIR TV COMMERCIALS EVERY FEW HOURS. NOW, CHEVY VOLT BURSTS INTO
    FLAMES, NOW BIG TV COMMERCIAL, GREATEST CAR EVER MADE. I THINK MEDIA MATTERS HIT MR BILLS TV FUN HOUSE, FOR 10 MIN WE HEARD BHO IS THE BIGGEST INTELLECT ON THE PLANET. HE WENT TO ALL THE GREATEST SCHOOLS, WHERE ALL THE RECORDS?? IF HE WAS SMART HE WOULD REVERE OUR SACRED DOCUMENTS, OUR FOUNDERS,INSTITUTIONS, HE DOES NOT !!!!!!!

  • Brian

    It is hilarious how many Liberals say that Fox lies, yet they can’t give any logical answers as to what Fox lies about.

    Usually when Fox makes an error, they correct it. The other cable news networks do not do this.

  • Wally Mattson

    I watch Fox news for a mix of liberal, conservative and libertarian views. I find Bill O’Reilly good at his introduction views except when it comes to economics. He should go back for econ 101 or leave that analysis to someone else. I enjoy and agree with many of John Stossel’s views and some of Judge Napolitano’s views. Beckel shows his true colors as a liberal. He once stated that private citizens should not own water rights and I realized that liberals truly want the government to be master of all. Obama would do the same. I’ll never vote for a liberal.

  • Roger Ward

    There’s not the slightest doubt that you’re more likely to get the truth by watching Fox than you are from any other news source. The fact is that all the other major media have a liberal agenda that affects (and infects) their presentation of the news. Whether its the print medium (N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, Newsweek, et al) or the electronic media (NBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, et al), you will always receive a slanted, agendized version of the news.

    The sad fact is that the liberal onslaught is winning. Obama will be elected to a second term despite being completely unqualified to lead this nation and despite his obviously socialist leanings.

    It’s a rather tough read but there’s a lot of good information in the book “Left Turn” by Tim Groseclose. My understanding of the liberal bias exhibited by the media preceded the printing of this book … but the book did validate what I knew long ago to be true.

    While not perfect, Fox News is the closest source you’ll find for fair reporting and objective analysis.

    • Glen Stambaugh

      Obama may indeed eke this out, but he will need some luck along with all that media support. I wouldn’t cede it to him yet.

    • Drew Page

      Roger — I sure hope you are wrong about Obama being re-elected. I don’t think the USA, as we know it, can survive another four years of this man. I could write pages about Obama’s negatives and would only scratch the surface, but to what end? To conservatives, it would be preaching to the choir and to liberals it would be considered nothing but racism.

      Since retiring two years ago, I have done a lot of reading. I have read Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’; the Cloward & Piven Strategy and both of Obama’s books, ‘Dreams From My Father’ and ‘The Audacity of Hope’. After all of this reading; watching Obama’s acendency in Illinois politics, from ‘community organizer’ to State Senator; listening to Obama’s speeches and watching his actions since being elected president, I have concluded that Mr. Obama is a socialist. When he said he wanted to fundamentally transform America, he was talking about turning America into a model European socialized state.

      Undeterred by the failures of socialism among European countries, he continues to persue that goal.

      • Roger Ward

        I certainly hope I’m wrong, too. I agree with you that it will be difficult indeed for this country to survive four more years of Obama …. but I think we’re going to need to face that likelyhood.

        Obama’s model and goal is to make the U.S. into another socialist European country. The massive debt that he, Pelosi and Reid have brought us has taken us to the door of bankruptcy; his medical plan (Obamacare) will certainly be the tipping point (unless the Supreme Court rules against it.)

        If we had a level playing field, conservatives would certainly win the election and roll back the most destructive of the Obama policies — but with the leftist slant of the major media (except Fox News, of course) it is unlikely that conservatives will prevail at the polls.

  • Bruce A.

    When you are number one you are a target. Last time I saw ratings Fox was still number one in prime time & it is driving the libs. batty. Good one Leona.

    • Charlie

      I agree that it does drive libs batty that Fox News is number one, but their mindless hatred of FNC began before that. My daughter once quoted something she learned on FNC to substantiate a point in a grade school current events discussion (predating FNC’s rise to the top), and the teacher humiliated her in front of the class by saying no one was allowed to quote Fox News in his class; that he accepted only “real” news stations as sources. That necessitated her early education on the difference between liberal rationalization and logical thought.

  • Leona Salazar

    Here’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. I was listening to the radio this morning and the host mentioned the recently-patented Mexican vaccine to help beat heroin addiction. He said he read it on Fox News so he’s skeptical about the story and will have to do some research to find other news sources.

  • DOOM161

    Fox News can’t possibly be fair and balanced. They put both liberals and conservatives on the air.

    • Mihai

      Wane – We will not teotrale that kind of salacious talk about our kind host. This is simply not that kind of blog. You should be ashamed of yourself.Anyway, I saw her first…

  • Ron F

    I do not watch any of the opinion shows on Fox News. In the morning, while getting ready for work, I switch between it and CNN whenever a commercial is on one. I do not find much difference in either. Both rely on analysts to explain news stories instead of just reporting the news. Both appear to try to be fair by having an analyst on both sides of the position. This morning, in a discussion about the University that has the morning after pill availble in a vending machine, it was clear to me that the host was on the side of the person who opposed having the pill availble by vending machine by her questions by joining the debate with her comments. Nevertheless, the opposing side was given a chance. I wish there would be less analysis and commentary and just a straight reporting of the news. I am not sure that is possible with 24-hour news stations. We will continually have more analysis and commentary and less reporting. On the other hand, I know a lot of people who do not watch the other news networks as well as the network news but still criticize them. We have even given them a name, “lame stream media”. And it seems that Fox News has been critical of other news organizations. I have no idea if the criticism is justified since I do not watch network news and only watch Fox and CNN in the morning.

    • chief98110

      I think the point here is how people who have never actually watched the show have now formed an opinion based on some person’s or some website’s prejudicial view of the Fox News station. Tells me not to waste my time trying to have an intelligent conversation with them.

  • Billy Frank

    Find the truth within the picture. It’s hidden by a huge blob of lies!

  • William Custis Buffington

    LIBERALS:FOX LIES!
    The Liberals merely assert the “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire as a preponderence of evidence and as far as the left is concerned is more than sufficient.
    “Billy Cus” W.V.
    P.S. Go Mountaineers, Beat Notre Dame!!

  • Paul Borden

    Once when I was working the newsroom I mentioned to a fellow editor I would have to check to see if the Drudge Report had anything on a certain story. The other editor replied that she doubted it and wouldn’t bother. When I said there were a lot of news links there, she mumbled something along the lines she might have to check it out again. Of course, she probably had never looked at the site to begin with or she would have been aware of all those links. So much for the unbiased media.

  • Shirl

    I am an avid Fox watcher and have been for the last four years because they won me over by being honest in their reporting and showing balance in their opinions of their guests. That is why here lately, I have been so disappointed in their bias against Newt Gingrich and some of the other true conservatives nominees. Some have actually been disrespectful to Newt. It is so out-right obvious and in your face their support for Romney, it is impossible to hide. Now there are times I must admit I now have had to turn to c-span to get what I used to get from FOX.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Good report Leona. I get this one too. When I view other media news productions they are either completley onesided, omit the full context or have a muzzled token conservative who gets interrupted by the majority panelists after his first utterance.

    • Hamid

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  • cmacrider

    Leona: You just don’t understand. When your a product of “liberal group think” there is no necessity to actually watch Fox and form an independent opinion …. that process has been done for you. You just have to parrot the message because in the end truth is a matter of consensus for them.

  • Mike Jackson

    It’s almost funny watching those who buy ink by the drum trying to take down another who does the same thing.
    Rather than try to discern the reason for FOX’s success, they decide to try and kill the messenger.
    It may seem like the needless effusion of blood, so to speak, but it’s more a matter of one behemoth not liking losing out to the new kid who has a better product.

  • Michael

    You’re right, Leona. Most of the critics of Fox News I’ve come across have never watched a Fox News program.

    Those people like to think they are part of the enlightened crowd, when in fact, they are simply part of the same old mindless groupthink that has plagued us forever. Often, the more I get to know those people, the more I see just how insecure they are about themselves, their abilities, and their opinions. Falling in line with what others say makes them feel safe.

    Or, some of them are simply mean-spirited liberals who know what Fox reports, and can’t stand it because Fox doesn’t support their agenda.

    As for CNN, I just can’t watch them anymore because I feel like I’m watching the results of a merger of NPR and Russia Today, narrated by Nurse Ratched.

    • John Rawl

      Michael,

      Loved the last paragraph. My sentiments exactly!

      • Tualekp

        Bill, you and I are in the same crneor. I feel just as appalled and disgusted as you. Somehow I wish I could find my sense of humor in all of this…I used to have one.