If Fox News, self-purported to be “fair and balanced” while not being either fair or balanced, didn’t have such a large viewership/readership, I’d give their journalistic efforts no credibility and lump them in with World Net Daily and the other nutty news sources infesting the internet and radio waves. However, they do have viewers, listeners, and readers, which means there is an unfortunately large number of Americans who believe this network actually produces real news and relevant, thoughtful opinion when many times, they produce anything but.
For example, here’s two opinion gems fresh off the Fox News nuttery machine just today.
The first involves a broadcast that aired on September 4th. I didn’t see the original broadcast, but today I came across this piece from the Raw Story:
Basically, the short version of the story is that Fox News host Dana Perino finds it so abhorrent that a set of atheists parents would exercise their right to file suit to challenge policies they believe infringe on their childrens’ religious freedom rights that she suggests such people should leave the country. Rather than discuss the merits of this particular suit, which has supporters and detractors who hold a variety of points of view, her solution to the “problem” of atheists standing up for their rights is for the atheists to leave. Nice attitude there, Ms. Perino. I’d like to see you say that to the face of one of the thousands of atheist combat vets who risked everything so that you can speak out against a couple of parents exercising their rights.
The second is more anti-Christian conspiracy nonsense from Todd Starnes, who has made an entire career off the idea that the military, which is run by Christians who have always infused the military with Christian favoritism and privilege, is somehow systematically discriminating against Christians.
At the heart of this story, once you whittle down all of Todd Starnes’ nonsense, you have a career Air Force Master Sergeant who wants the right to disobey lawful orders and to discriminate against the airmen under his care. Here’s a news flash, Master Sergeant: If you cannot continue to accept the fact that being in the service means following official policy and caring for the needs of those who serve under your leadership, than it’s time to go. The military is full of special privileges and rights for Christians and you have enjoyed the benefits of that for your entire career, but those rights don’t include the ability to discriminate against those who don’t believe as you do and they sure don’t give you the authority to decide which policies you will follow and which ones you won’t.
Come on Fox News, you don’t seriously thing your unbalanced favoritism of the privileged Christian perspective is fair, do you? If you do, shame on you..