Saturday, April 16, 2011

Another Fox Pas

One thing I have watched with bemusement over the last decade or so is the marginalization of conservative America. I'm not knocking those with conservative views; I think a balance of conservative and liberal agendas, and certainly the give and take such differences bring to the political arena, are vital to a healthy, functioning democracy. But the increasing demonization of anyone not sharing said conservative views, especially as represented by Fox News, really bothers me. As I said a few weeks ago, accuracy is certainly not a concern there.

Their latest screwup, trying to link a GWU student's suicide with Obama's speech last Wednesday, doesn't even count as an error, just as an agenda.
George Washington University students in Washington, D.C. learned of a tragic coincidence of timing on their campus Wednesday. As President Obama delivered a speech on deficit reduction in the Jack Morton Auditorium, university officials were learning one of their students had committed suicide in his dorm room across campus...

...GWU officials tell Fox that police were notified about the incident around 2pm, which happens to be at the same time that President Obama was speaking. A source tells Fox that the incident may have occurred earlier, noting that police went knocking on the student's door at 1:30pm. As of this writing, Fox has not been able to obtain reaction from the White House.

All factually accurate. Really, read every sentence individually and you'll see that every one is 100% true. But put them together like this, and you're left with a spin that would make a bowling ball jump 4 lanes to the left. "Fox has not been able to obtain reaction from the White House"? Are you kidding me? This person's death, while tragic, certainly wouldn't be something the White House need concern itself with unless it were someone the President or his family personally knew, or it happened in his presence.

I mean really, c'mon. Does this really not bother anyone?

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