Fox News entertaining; informative, not so much

info@islandpacket.comAugust 20, 2013 

Many letters have been written about local businesses showing Fox News in waiting rooms.

I enjoy the broadcasts because Fox News has such a unique way of presenting news. The broadcasters and guests are able to spin and re-interpret facts and figures in a way that no other news or cable channel does.

Recently, a Pew Poll asked for words or phrases to identify President Barack Obama. "Good" was the word used most at 34 percent. But Fox News' Sean Hannity said "incompetent" was most popular, even while showing the actual chart with that comment at only 27 percent.

Many Fox newscasters have stated that the federal stimulus created no jobs. But the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed the Recovery Act created or saved between 1 million and 3 million jobs. South Carolina took $531 million for education; with those funds, many teachers kept their jobs.

Last week, Fox News reported a story about the success of solar power in Germany, but said we can't compete because Germany is much sunnier. False, but who cares.

The best part of Fox News is its guests. Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and others are welcomed to present conspiracy theories, quote unnamed sources, cite rumors and make outrageous statements, with no need to rely upon facts. That's entertainment.

While visiting in Florida, I took a relative to the doctor. That office had a huge TV showing "The Wizard of Oz." That might be the best alternative.

Lynn Tyson


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