Not Just Evil, But Stupid Too

Not Just Evil, But Stupid Too February 27, 2015

Judge Andrew Napolitano breaks with the conservative hivemind at FOX to point out that if you are going to be an “ends justify the means” apologist for mortal sin, you should at least have something besides some old reruns of 24 as your evidence that your Faustian Bargains will not lead to losing your wretched soul and getting nothing in return.Any Twilight Zone episode would have warned you what a fool’s deal that is.

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  • Dave G.

    I’ve concluded that what makes FOX seem so bad is that it is one network holding a particular view at odds with the rest of the common cultural narrative. The same bad is true for the rest of the media and pop culture of course, but in that case it is more spread out. Sort of like sleeping on a bed of nails versus sleeping on a single nail. Truth be told, there is more likelihood of hearing diverse opinions from the regulars on hot button issues on FOX than on most other outlets. Try to find a representative on CNN who stands against abortion, or opposes gay marriage on NBC. Or Comedy Central. Or MSNBC. Apart from those chosen to be ‘token’ opposition voices. There aren’t many when compared to the numbers. But on FOX, I’ve discovered the various regulars can sometimes break from the common narrative, even regarding key issues. It just seems more annoying because all the stupid, wrong, evil, bad, obnoxious and whatever that marks modern debate is confined to one outlet, as opposed to spread out across multiple sources in other cases and regarding other issues. So, for instance, given what I’ve learned about the Napolitano, this doesn’t actually surprise me.

    • jroberts548

      MSNBC’s morning show is hosted by a Republican congressman. He’s awful, so I don’t blame you for not knowing him.

      • Dave G.

        That’s Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe. He’s from Florida, and came in during the GOP takeover in 1994. He is as token as you get, and yes, some of the things he says leaves my jaw on the ground.

      • jaybird1951

        Scarborough is not a congressman. He is a former one.

        • jroberts548

          Fair enough. I hope I didn’t confuse anyone into believing that a sitting congressman had a 3 hour morning show on MSNBC.

          But I stand by point. The most liberal cable news network devotes 3 hours every day to letting a very stupid Republican former congressman bloviate about whatever passes through his feeble brain. No one can really say it’s less balanced than Fox News. In this case, I think MSNBC would be considerably improved if it were less balanced, as superficial balance isn’t a good thing, but that’s beside the point.

          • Dave G.

            Superficial balance is right. In that regard, FOX has more through the day. For once Joe is off the air, there is no other force of conformity to a singular ideology in the media than MSNBC.

            • chezami

              FOX and MSNBC are peas in a pod. Only conservatives actually take FOX lies seriously.

              • Dave G.

                Just as liberals seem to take the lies of MSNBC, Comedy Central, CNN and other outlets seriously. Same problem. different names.

    • Newp Ort

      What makes Fox News seem so bad is that it is really bad.

      • Dave G

        Yeah, it can be bad. But again, no worse than the rest of the media and pop culture, just that the others are more spread out. See the bed of nails above.

      • jaybird1951

        No, Fox News is not “really bad.” It is a mixed bag as far as the commenters but its news operation per se is respected; even some liberals are admitting to that, esp. regarding Bret Baier’s evening newscast. Its national correspondents are among the best. Mark says he never watches TV but he evidently knows enough about Fox News to write about its “hivemind.” Weird.

    • chezami

      No. What makes FOX look so bad is that it is relentlessly ideologically driven and never lets the facts get in the way of that. Plus, when it’s “journalists” lie, they attack the people documenting the lies, not discipline the liar. And they have systematically taught their audience (a huge percentage of whom are Christians) to cheer the pleasing lies and the pleasing liars, not to seek the truth.

      • Dave G.

        Like I said below. The same happens everywhere today. Media has long dropped the desire to obtain facts, and has gone into full propaganda mode. Some are better than others of course. Some are more clever in how they do it. More subtle perhaps. But it’s all the same, just spread out over many sources, where FOX is confined to a single source. So the good and the bad are al more obvious (and easier to see), than finding the same in all the other more liberal sympathetic places. I’d say the travesty is that across the board, most media outlets know we know they are full of BS and even outright lying, but are banking on the fact that we don’t care.

  • terryhjones

    note that Fox is not that conservative, just different.

    • Dave G.

      Yeah, I’ve often wondered just how conservative FOX is, at least as a network. I think one of my earliest posts on this blog (back in the day), was that everything I ever wanted to know about porn stars, I learned on FOX News. I think it’s defined as conservative insofar as it is not liberal, at least in the bombs and bank accounts fields of study.

  • David Naas

    If any person can point to a substantive difference between Faux News, MesSNBC, CNN, or Comedy Central, I would deeply appreciate it. It doesn’t matter if it’s Loony Left or Rabid Right, it all is still political pornography, pushed by pimps and hustled by Joe Hooker’s women.

    • D.T. McCameron

      CNN is enough of a joke, eh?

    • Alma Peregrina

      “If any person can point to a substantive difference between Faux News, MesSNBC, CNN, or Comedy Central, I would deeply appreciate it. ”

      Comedy Central acknowledges that it is a channel of biased comedy shows. The others don’t admit they are so.

  • petey

    this isn’t the first time that naplotano has pointed out the illegality of bush’s actions, which were, let us never forget, the blueprint for obama.