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           Friday, May 16 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterFair and balanced

Two developments in the mass media of late have given my attitude a boost. First, the fact that Fox News has quickly and decisively rocketed over the competition as the most-watched fulltime cable news channel is cause for rejoicing. Not because Fox is necessarily morally superior than the more "establishment" media (it may or may not be). Not even because of its heartening if self-serving slogans like "real journalism fair and balanced." But preeminently because it comes across as populist broadcast news journalism, and that can only be a good thing. How long it will take for Fox to become establishment and come off as just as manipulative as any other network is anyone's guess, but I'm enjoying this respite from ABC-CBS-CNN-NBC and MSNBC. Thank you, Rupert Murdoch (owner), and especially, thank you Roger Ailes (Fox News' top executive producer).

Of course it's ironic (there's always an "irony" with me, isn't there?) that Fox News' most popular personality, according to the ratings, is one I can't suffer...Bill O'Reilly, whose spin is in everything he touches, and to bad effect. He's almost as anti-biblical-Christian and perhaps more dangerously so (because he spins himself as conservative) as Disney and its news front, ABC. (See info here if you want more on this.).

The other heartening news is the fall from its pinnacle of the New York Times, which is embroiled in the biggest newspaper scandal in recent years, after one of its rising star reporters, Jayson Blair, was caught blatantly lying in his reports and (which may be a greater sin to the Times newsroom) his professional conduct. This is highlighted by allegations he turned in false expense records for transportation and hotel stays that never occurred so he could dispatch "on-site" accounts of news around the nation while in reality he was a few miles away from his paper's offices at his New York City home. (See here for more details on this.)

Sorry if I seem to gloat, but for most of my lifetime it has been virtually impossible to see fair representation of the social conservative viewpoint in any major American media. Now it seems as though for at least one shining moment, the scales of justice have begun to get closer to level. Already Fox's success has forced MSNBC to adjust its facade, if not it's actual philosophy. I don't expect to see the day when media compete to appear "more fair and balanced than thou," but for now I can dream.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 From the mouths of kids

A woman was trying hard to get the catsup to come out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother. Then she added., "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

A soldier asked the monk Mius if God accepted repentance. After the old man had taught him many things he said, "Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn, do you throw it away?" He replied, "No, I mend it and use it again." The old man said to him, "If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about His creature?"

— Sent by Christopher Haas

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