Sunday, November 1, 2009

Conversation in the key of Facebook

The status: Boo! I was going to go to a party dressed as Fox News (the scariest thing out there), but I'm not much in the mood to go out tonight. It would be a fun costume, though. Maybe next year, as it will be election time...

CN: Fox "News" will still be scary next year. Don't worry.

BSS: Sorry, but I am a Fox news fan and it is the left that scares me! Oh well, that is what makes the world go around! We are all entitled to our own opinions!

Me: Social justice, equality for all, helping those in need...all really scary concerns of the evil left!

BSS: Like I said... we are all entitled to our own opinions... that is what makes this country great!

YN: Well said BSS; consider dressing up as MSNBC.

BSS: Yeah, I thought about that! At least I am not an Anne Coultier or however the heck you spell it fan! I am open to all kinds of opinions without judging... liberal or conservative or in the middle!

Me: The other thing is that yeah, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but too often people spout off their opinions without bothering to inform themselves.

Half the time critics of MSNBC have never watched MSNBC. Meanwhile I'm puking my guts out watching Beck and Hannity bc to make a valid argument you have to understand the other side's view, otherwise you're just spitting out talking points (which is what most political discourse is in this country these days.)

As far as MSNBC is concerned, they make no effort to hide the fact that their business model was designed to counter Fox, & their slogan is not "Fair and Balanced." As far as commentators go, Olbermann may be an egotistical maniac, but at least he doesn't just make up stories to support his world view, doesn't spout off conspiracy theories (No birth certificate! Death Panels! They want to destroy America!), & doesn't start witch hunts (Beck: "I'm gonna take down this administration.") MSNBC also doesn't fire everyone who doesn't agree with them (see Colmes, Alan and Lamont-Hill, Marc - watch out Shep Smith - you're next!); in fact, their morning show is run by a flaming conservative piehole, Joe "I killed my intern after sleeping with her" Scarborough.

Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly are quite a trio of angry white guys upset because America is no longer a place where you're better than everyone else just because you're white, and they can't handle that. Sadly, there are enough people who feel that way to make Fox the #1 news channel in the US.

I've said it a million times and I'll say it again: liberal mainstream media voices are funny guys Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Chris Matthews laughs and jokes a lot on his show. Rachel Maddow doesn't seem to have an angry bone in her body. Al Franken, a former writer for SNL, is a United States Senator. Cons main people are screaming nasty white guys - Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh - and a few screaming nasty women – Coulter, Bachman, Palin, and Malkin. Why is that? (I would love to delve into the psychological and sociological aspects of that here, but I have a book’s worth of notes on the topic and will save it for another day.)

Things to be angry at: 5,000 of your troops getting killed in two simultaneous (and unnecessary) wars; the torture of human beings in the name of your country; and nothing being done before a major city in your country gets wiped out. Things not to be angry about: a school choosing to not serve meat on Mondays to save money, Walmart greeters saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and your government using the same macroeconomic principles that it has successfully used to get out of every other recession since Keynes proposed the ideas. (& this econ crisis shows once again that Keynes was right.)

I still want to know where were these anti-government people when Bush was spending more and expanding government more than any other president in history?

UPDATE: OMFG: Is this satire? He forgot the pictures of the dead fetuses.

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