Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watching FOX News in the Doctor’s Waiting Room

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

“The reason you won’t see me on Fox is, as I said to them: ‘I don’t mind that you call it Fox, but I do mind that you call it News.’ There’s no resemblance to news. It has nothing to do with news. News is a report of something that happened. Fox has opinions and agendas; that’s not news. It isn’t just a bias or a slant either, it’s propaganda, pure and simple. I doubt there’s ever been a true thing said on Fox. Maybe the weather report, maybe not.”~ Fran Lebowitz

It seems you can’t get away from FOX News when you go out in public these days. From restaurants to the waiting rooms of doctors, the grim spin doctors of Impending Liberal Doom are before us constantly, giving their own particular slant on the news of the day.

In one restaurant in Fayetteville I have complained, and at times they have quickly turned the station to CNN when I have taken my seat ( though that happens less and less frequently these days) and in some offices I have taken the initiative and changed the channel to MSNBC.

I used to turn the channels to the public access station in Fayetteville, but since Cox removed the station from basic cable, that is no longer an option.

Yesterday, sitting in one doctor’s office, I decided to watch the others who were in the waiting room, to see their reaction to what was happening on what many fondly refer to Faux News.

During the time that FOX was on, the following “news” stories were discussed:

The Chicago teachers’ strike

The book by a member of Seal Team Six

Did Vice-President Joe Biden put the lives of Seal Team Six - and their families - in danger by mentioning their part in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound?

FOX News had the complete and undivided attention attention of the folks in the waiting room, while I was watching them.

Some sat rigid in their seats, while some seemed to have their jaws clenched, and at one point one man said something in an angry tone to his wife, who nodded her head in agreement. For the first time, I saw what might be the effect that FOX News might have if people watch it in their homes, and nothing else.

For a few moments, I was the only one in the waiting room, and so I took advantage of the opportunity to grab the remote and switch the TV to MSNBC.

A few minutes later an older couple came in and began watching (very few people actually think of changing channels in the doctor’s office, as it happens) and at a point during one piece the woman turned to her husband and muttered, “That’s not true.” The anger in her voice could have made paint peel from the walls.

A few minutes later she said to her husband, “If Obama cares so much about poor people, why doesn’t he just give them some of the money from his campaign fund?” This proves yet again, I think, that social studies class is something that most of us just slept through.

At least she didn’t express anger that he is out campaigning for office, while he “has work to do,” as I have heard so many other people say. People always seem shocked when you tell them how many other sitting presidents also campaigned for office while serving as president. This is the sort of reasoning that happens when people get their history from websites and not books, I suppose.

When I left, MSNBC was still on. I’m not going to delude myself that a few minutes exposure might have been enough to counter the constant exposure to FOX News, but one can hope. Can’t one?

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