As this election season is mercifully coming to an end soon, I challenge my conservative friends out there to try to have a political conversation without uttering the phrase, "the liberal media." I wonder whether it can be done.
When somehow my television gets turned over to Fox News by my most frequent houseguest, there is never a program lately that doesn't use the terminology "the liberal media" somewhere in a conversation or interview.
Last night, I overheard the host of a prime-time Fox News program blame Mitt Romney's latest (less-than-stellar) poll numbers on .. .you guessed I t..."the liberal media." Why is this entity such an issue, when the supposedly sensible folks are all tuning into Fox News? How could they possibly be influenced by a "liberal" channel they are not watching?
I know and understand that Fox News is popular to many and not going away, and that people are, of course, free to watch anything they want. What baffles me is how upset its loyal viewers become when a different news channel reports a story minus the conservative slant (or so they hear).
I've come to deduce that Fox is happiest when its viewers are unhappy, suspicious and dismissiveof ideas beyond those presented on its so-called "fair" and "balanced" programs.
Personally, I'm satisfied with obtaining my information from a variety of sources and forming my own opinions, rather than having Fox News tell me how to think. I guess that all of those other "liberal" (unfair and unbalanced?) news outlets have caused me to NOT live in constant fear and suspicion. Shame on me!