Saturday, July 10, 2010

Will Fox - just once - ever get it straight?

FOX CONTINUES to thrive in a mythological universe, leading its millions of tuned-in lemmings to the darkest side of the moon. The latest example, reported by MediaMatters, deals with a young company - SEV. U.S.- in Kansas City that received stimulus money to build up to 100 electric trucks and other vehicles. President Obama cited its efforts in a recent visit to the plant.

But wait, says a Fox commentator - the company is a "total joke" that hasn't hired a single employe for the past year. But wait, Fox commentator Steve Doocy. the company has hired 50 workers and according to the Kansas City Business Journal , expects to increase that number to 100 by the end of the year while expanding its operations to other cities. (Its clients include Staples, Coca-C0la and Frito Lay.)

As such falsehoods continue to serve as the sustenance of Fox, I keep recalling a moment in Dostoevsky's somber murder tale, Crime and Punishment. The author writes of a character who talks about the lies emerging in the case. He says:
"What's the most offensive is not their lying - one can always forgive lying - lying is a delightful thing, for it leads to truth - what is offensive is that they lie and worship their own lying."
Despite Fox's empty pledge to play it straight, the news "analysts" there not only "report", they also decide with what manner of distortion they want to report it.

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