Yesterday, I came across a blogger who goes by the name of LiberalViewer, who most notably posts videos he makes called "Fox New Bias." Basically, he tends to compare what video "Fox News" has aired and what the actual source material is, along with other examples of clear, factual bias.
In this video, he takes on a "Fox News" segment criticizing President Obama for not answering a press conference question about charges by Senator Linsdsay Graham (R-SC). The network shows several clips of the president's supposedly avoiding what was asked. In fact, the president did answer the question -- clearly and at length -- and Liberal Viewer shows the footage of Mr. Obama doing so at the press conference.
As I've noted previously, one of my pastimes is finding User Comments that make you wonder how that person is able to function in life. As you might imagine, the above video brought forth "outrage" from one such fellow --
"This stupid facebook account, would never describe how biased news accounts are that are liberal..." he begins. Well, in total fairness, the gentleman is probably 100% correct. But then, the whole point of something called "Fox News Bias" would seem pretty clearly to be about "Fox News bias," and only "Fox News" bias. If someone wanted to put in the time and create their own website on other forms of bias, that would be just swell. But this is about "Fox News" and say so right up front. You can't miss it, it's in the title. Far more importantly, though, this user who is pointing his finger at others does one unfortunately thing which tends to blow up his attempt at credibility: he ignores the evidence presented here of clearcut bias and says zero to refute it or try to explain it away.
(UPDATE: Yet I can go even a step further. As it happens, I heard back from LiberalViewer about this piece. It turns out that "Fox News Bias" does, in fact, play even-handed and criticize when there's liberal bias! As this clip here that this shows. This is known as actually fair and balanced...)
The user then goes into the Stand Obfuscating Charge of such comments: "MSNBC is far more of a propaganda outlet than Fox could ever be. They're worse than ever." Given that the "Fox News Bias" site presents visual evidence time and time and time again of Fox bias, and this user doesn't offer one single example of his own charge, it tends to make his charge...hmmm, oh, a tad empty. Oh, and again, it also doesn't refute the evidence of bias in the video.
And then at last, he finishes by pulling out the old, eloquent standby, "Stupid liberals have lost their god damned minds and are clinically deranged." Take that! Of course, the reality is that stupid anybodies, whatever their positions, have likely all lost their "god damned minds," which is why they are actually stupid in the first place. More valuable is that it's the smart and sensible liberals who are quite sane and well-worth paying attention to. As for stupid liberals being "clinically deranged," though, I'm just going to make a wild guess that there's no empirical evidence of studies on this and that it's just hyperbole. "Oh, you know what I mean" tends to be the reply. Well, sure, I know. I know that ranting with hyperbole doesn't refute the video evidence that was provided, nor even address the the video, and ultimately the only thing it serves to do is try to distract others from reality and from the fact that you have no defense for what was clearly shown..
And yes, I know this was merely a silly User Comment from just one of tens of thousands on YouTube comments written by some unknown, nameless ranting sad soul. But from experience, it represents others commonly posted across the Internet, and as such, they're worth addressing. And sometimes, it's just fun. And keeps my head from exploding...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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