Howell Raines asks, “Why don’t honest journalists take on Fox News?”
So asks the man who revived “advocacy journalism” a euphemism for “lets try to editorialize within a news piece”. Howell Raines should feel, in part, responsible for the emergence of Fox News. When readers constantly read pieces that bite at their own political leanings, they are inevitably going to try to find a new source for their daily news. Enter Fox News, an organization that I certainly won’t pretend is “fair and balanced.” Why listen to advocacy in one direction that tells you everything you believe in is stupid, when you can get “advocacy journalism” that supports your President? People who hate Fox should understand their emergence, as well as those of blogs have arisen due to the constant polarization of topics by both the Associated Press and NYTimes. We could sit back and talk about how “dumb” Fox watchers are, how”stupid” Sarah Palin is and pretend Fox is some criminally corrupt organization. Or maybe we could understand basic economics and see Fox’s success has to do with the NYTimes inability and unwillingness to meet the demand of millions of Americans. Attacking Fox is easier than, lets say, arguing the merits of their political positions. OK folks, “advocacy journalism” is not disappearing anytime soon, especially if you are only going to attack the “other news organization” for doing it. When you support “advocacy journalism” in one direction, don’t be pissed it starts emerging from the other side.
I am probably wrong, especially since none of us could possibly have a friend who would dare to watch Fox……Or as Pauline Kael said, “I don’t know how Nixon won, I don’t know anyone who voted for him.”
I love open-mindedness, as long as you agree with me.
Thanks Pete for this link, well sort of, I am not sure why he showed this to me…..
So apparently, Palin is a hypocrite for crossing the border for health care. Except that this is totally unremarkable. Sarah Palin decided to go from Bumblehickville, Alaska to the nearest city which happened to be Whitehorse, Yukon. Wow. Health care in a sparsely populated area of a modern nation is usually worse than that of a more densely populated area of another modern nation.
While I usually find all HufPo writers disagreeable, I think this attempt to beat down a straw man, in Sarah Palin is stupid. If anything the net flow is definitely skewed towards the US. The wiki verdict is that though some of these pro-American claims are exaggerated, some of their political leaders have come down her for major surgeries, quotas have created space problems in their hospitals and their hospitals have difficulty handling rarer cases. Meanwhile, Americans go up for cheaper drugs (since Canadians don’t invent any, they can just mooch) and marijuana (probably those libertarians)…..
The real arguments against this health care bill don’t find their merits in the premise, “all Canadian health care just sucks and can never be used.” There are plenty of solid arguments, some I have mentioned previously, against this bill. Its not cost-neutral, it reduces choice, it depresses innovation, etc. Oh yea, and most people don’t want it. While I am not a fan of status quo either, I think Mankiw’s analogy is a good one.
The railing on Palin is something else though. While I find her immensely irritating, I find people who make sport to find everything she does as stupid, even more irritating. She was elected governor of a state, something most douchey college students would have no shot at doing. I am not surprised liberals are making it a sport to try to criticize everything she does. Welcome to the big leagues Obama-philes, beating the crap out of Palin might boost your self-esteem a little bit, but that’s not gonna get anyone of the 53% to be convinced this health care plan is any good.
A recent feel-good trend has bothered the cynic in me. A few churches I’ve been to, including Redeemer in NYC have decided to go “green”, by offering the option of paperless mail to its more “progressive” congregants. I just hope this is a cost-saving move cuz its a rather terrible “green” one.
A lot of corporate e-mails including those of my former employer include a line like this:
“Save a tree. Simplify your life. Get your statements online instead of in the mail.” or
“Please consider the environment before printing out this e-mail” or even….
“Every time you use the printer, you mercilessly club a baby seal in front of its mother” I kid….
Of course, this makes me furious. You ask, “But why are you such a soulless human?” Its because….get this…wait for it:
Using more paper = More trees!
Every day we use paper — to communicate, to create, to clean. Paper use has a direct connection with global warming because paper comes from trees, and most paper in the United States today comes directly from wood, rather than recycled sources. Every tree that goes into paper is one less tree capturing carbon and providing habitat for wildlife. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)
Nope. Every time you decide to strain your eyes a bit more to read a document instead of printing it out, you are indirectly causing a tree to not be planted. It’s simple economics really.
- Plant Trees
- Cut trees
- Make paper from trees
- Sell paper
- Anticipate future paper demand from sales
- Plant Trees according to new demand (Step 1)
The key is, when we use paper, the trees we get them from are specifically grown for the purpose of paper. Besides perhaps a bad Steven Seagal flick or Al Gore documentary, no paper company in their right mind would go into a national park to just cut down trees. Those of you who think I am insane, should look at the populations of chickens and cows in the United States. It is precisely because we eat so many chicken parms and juicy steaks that farmers have an incentive to increase the population of these animals. Check out the business model here.
Before you rant at me for being a corporate sell-out (in my boxers and unshaven scrubbiness) I would note its precisely the corporations that are falling for this farce. I would think this idea would be embraced by those who consider themselves more environmentally-inclined. Instead I often get a visceral display of illogical anger; the kind of reaction you’d get from Pat Robertson if you told him there are also Christians in Haiti. Luckily, my environmentalism is of the irreligious variety. “Oh you recycle? Way to NOT plant a future tree”
Next time you see your buddy eschew printing a document or recycle his pitchbook you should
- Chuckle wholeheartedly
- Pat him on the back
- Smugly say, “I’m a little bit more progressive, I print paper to help offset my carbon footprint.”
- Close your eyes and beam your best S#!t-eating grin