The Daily Show’s John Oliver put together a stunning smackdown of Fox News on last night’s show [Part 1, Part 2]. Fox News is a problem for me. I have some friends who genuinely believe Fox is really "fair and balanced."
I can understand their blind allegiance to Bush… in the same way I understood the mass suicide at Jonestown or members of the Heaven’s Gate cult cutting off their testicles and offing themselves in order to leave their bodily "containers" and enter an alien spacecraft hidden behind Comet Hale-Bopp.
But really buying the shit Fox News broadcasts requires a scary kind of intellectual hysterical blindness. So, I find myself talking to them in carefully measured phrases, designed to keep us on safe ground. Because if we stray into current events and they source Fox to support some idiot neocon idea, I can keep my tongue, but they’re liable to see the pity in my eyes. And I need every friend I can find… even the misinformed.