Last Updated Oct 21, 2009 5:34 PM EDT
(Before you declare me in the tank with liberals, or the Obama administration, let me do my best to dissuade you. I am a registered Democrat, but I find the whole idea of partisanship peculiar, as no one I know in real life lines up unfailingly behind a rigid set of beliefs. And yet, that's what politicians and pundits seem to do.)
That said, what's going on with Fox News is pretty alarming. It's one thing to have a point of view; it's entirely another to willfully spread untruths, and some of the personnel at Fox News -- though certainly not all -- seem to be doing that, or, at least, aiding and abetting it, not to mention indulging in a healthy dose of paranoia. MSNBC can certainly be strident, and its steady parade of talking head yes-men can be wearying, but in the truthiness department, it's not in the same league. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what I think; it matters what other people think, and there are a lot of people who thinks Fox News Sucks. (Here's the obligatory link to "MSNBC sucks" to counterbalance that last one.) Thus, just as some advertisers pulled out of "The Glenn Beck Show", It seems only a matter of time before some viewers will follow the dots that connect Fox News to "American Idol" and FX's "Damages" and decide they are more comfortable spending their media consumption time elsewhere. It won't necessarily take the form of an official boycott, though I'm almost surprised that such efforts haven't caught on anywhere yet, though they have been suggested. I also doubt such a movement would have a material effect on News Corp.'s bottom line. However, for some to decide not to support News Corp., does seem like a more damaging possibility than it did even a year ago.
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