An Apology

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In an earlier post, I now believe that I painted the Fox News Viewership with too broad a brush.  I implied that their entire viewing universe has the same views, beliefs, opinions and prejudices as do the On Air personalities.  With this false assertion, I became a contributor to the noise machine. 

I grew up in an era when iconic newscasters like Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Harry Reasoner understood that they had the awesome power of the public trust, and with that awesome power came awesome responsibility.  This concept seems to be foreign to Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.  Even Chris Wallace, a second generation news anchor, displays disappointingly few attributes of his father.  These men (I use the term loosely) do not hesitate in distorting the truth beyond recognition, ignoring the facts, and even outright lying.   Because Fox News has the largest viewing audience, other networks of late have slowly began to orbit more nearly towards the mass of Fox planet, coming dangerously close to being forever caught within the gravitational field of this unfortunate sphere of influence.

In September of 2004, Dan Rather reported on a series of documents regarding George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.  The authenticity of Rather’s information was called into question, and ultimately, his contract with CBS was terminated, the prevailing wisdom, just eight years ago, being that news stories should be thoroughly researched prior to publication.  In contrast, Sean Hannity can repeatedly assert that the White House watched the embassy attack in Bengazi in real time, without reprisal.

The hard and cold fact is, Fox news has the largest viewership, so it would be ridiculous of me not to assume that many people whom I love and respect are either frequent or occasional Fox News viewers, or to assert that because you watch the channel, you concur with the propaganda there presented.  I apologize for the inference and I sincerely hope you can forgive my arrogance.  I will however insist, that if you intend to be a consumer of this media, you must insist that they cease and desist from the hate mongering and misinformation and begin to, as the title implies, report some NEWS.