Dec 19th, 2010
Well, it actually was news that The Murdoch Device's viewers have some fairly interesting opinions. Just last week, there were reports about a University of Maryland study that demonstrated the disconnect between their loyal demographic and facts. There has been a response from the network as was reported in the New York Times:
"Asked for comment on the study, Fox News seemingly dismissed the findings. In a statement, Michael Clemente, who is the senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said: “The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”
We are adding a link to our Reader's Companion list on the right that is worth checking out. It is simply a watchdog called Fox News Comments. If only as a reminder for progressives to stay motivated and push back, it is well worth a click every couple of days or so. We also are following them on Twitter
Now, there are probably thousands upon thousands of really offensive comments from the left that are made in sympathetic mainstream forums. But that is where moderators come into the picture. Code based systems are in place at most reputable sites to scan "flagged" words and phrases. When they don't work, there are also real, live people whose jobs it is to remove the most offensive commentary. It would seem that The Murdoch Device has some very different standards.
Thanks to Fox News Comments, here is just a taste of what successfully gets past the "moderators" in The Murdoch Device forums.
On the repeal of DADT:
On African American economic decline under Obama:
On illegal immigration:
On the Jewish speaker of the Texas State House:
The point of promoting Fox News Comments is NOT to provide an opportunity for the sane to feel superior. It serves as a daily warning. It serves as a reason to act. We've seen this sort of thing before. We know what has happened in countries where normal citizens assumed it could be ignored.