Just because no Friday would be complete…

…without a nod to the animated chunk of biohilarity that is Gribbit. Today he writes:

Is It Fear of the Truth? That is the Only Explaination [sic] … why liberals are so venomously against Fox News.
They don’t like Fox, they don’t like Walmart, they don’t like America or its traditions. So what in the world is it that the leftists in this country love? I’m thoroughly convinced that if they suddenly got their way in everything, they’d start eating their own
Fox News Channel is trouncing CNN and MSNBC in the cable news wars.
MoveOn and [DailyKos.com] … are close to drinking the Koolaid on the Fairness Doctrine front and they cannot stand losing … [s]o they are now setting their sites [sic] on the most successful cable news channel, FNC.
[Liberals] can’t understand why FNC is so successful. They don’t get it that the fair and balanced equation works.
Honestly, my heart goes out to the incredibly incompetant [sic] imbeciles who still believe that the socialist model can be a successful one.
It is my belief that Fox’s position a year from now will be larger than it is today. Anyone want to bet on it?

Well. let’s see. First of all, if liberals are using lowbrow tactics — and that’s debatable given that Bill O’Reilly and other FNC luminaries are proven liars — how does this distinguish them from right-wingers? At least trying to get advertisers to not support someone or something is out in the open. All conservatives seem to do these days is lie: about the war, the dangers of Gardasil, the utility of abstinence-based “education,” global warming, evolution, and everything else of consequence. Of course, some people, including some senators, are as stupid as they are dishonest, and Gribbit himself is, I suspect, far more the former than the latter. But this is small consolation.
Second, who knew that not liking Fox News is tantamount to not liking America? Gribbit doesn’t like English, but I don’t question his patriotism. His is an interesting assertion, coming as it does from someone paranoid that cable news channels are out to control people’s minds.
Third, I’m not sure where Gribbit gets his belief that FNC, which does indeed lead the ratings, is enjoying a trend toward increased dominance in this area. Between August 2005 and August 2006, for example, FNC lost 28% of its prime-time viewers, while in the same span CNN and MSNBC saw overall ratings gains of 35% and 26% respectively. And around the time of the November elections, things were even worse for FNC. I’m not sure what the relevance of any of this is, though; CNN is basically shit nowadays also, and we already know most Americans are dumb as hammers and that when it comes to TV news, many have little choice but to watch FNC if they want to be able to follow along, even if what they’re following is mostly lies.
Anyway, if nothing else, you have to appreciate the irony of a guy who can speak seriously of others swallowing Kool-Aid while just as seriously calling Fox News fair and balanced. Is this really all it takes to convince some people that something is true — use it as a slogan? I mean, FNC can slant things however it likes, but are there really people out there who consider its politics anywhere close to the middle?
Of course, Gribbit’s solution to things that addle and irritate him is to have them removed by force, so why should this be surprising? He’s a fascist who, luckily, lacks the brains or the wherewithal to put his sick desires into play.

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  1. #1 by Rev. BigDumbChimp on July 28, 2007 - 12:05 am

    I’m no fan of CNN or MSNBC on a number of points, but they don’t even hold a candle to the bright light of journalistic ethical seppuku that Faux News commits every single moment they are on the air. The demonstrated and recorded lies of their editorialists like Hannity and O’Reilly can be found easily by putting some small amout of effort into it.
    Gribbit just likes to hear himself type. He thinks his little combinations of buzz words actually mean something when in truth all they do is show his complete loss of connection with reality.

  2. #2 by Rev. BigDumbChimp on July 28, 2007 - 12:05 am

    I’m no fan of CNN or MSNBC on a number of points, but they don’t even hold a candle to the bright light of journalistic ethical seppuku that Faux News commits every single moment they are on the air. The demonstrated and recorded lies of their editorialists like Hannity and O’Reilly can be found easily by putting some small amout of effort into it.
    Gribbit just likes to hear himself type. He thinks his little combinations of buzz words actually mean something when in truth all they do is show his complete loss of connection with reality.

  3. #3 by Matt Nordhoff on July 28, 2007 - 7:58 am

    Is this really all it takes to convince some people that something is true — use itas [sic] a slogan?

    If so, how long before Americans move from Fox News to The Onion? :D
    (BTW, this blog doesn’t seem to really use TypeKey. OpenID is more fun anyway.)

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