GOP Senator: Some Of Fox News “Totally Not Fair And Totally Not Balanced”

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    Aug 16, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    Stating The Obvious:

    "“There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch,” Coburn said. “Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. I want all the information with which I can make the best decision.”

    Coburn was responding to a question about how he would “fix” media to focus on less superficial things if he was in charge of it. He said he also reads the New York Times and Wall Street Journal saying “the real problem is we’ve lost the professionalism of journalism.”

    Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-senator-some-of-fox-news-totally-not-fair-and-totally-no#3jmplss
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 16, 2014 1:14 PM GMT
    Great comment From Coburn about the state of journalism. There was a time when he was at the outer extreme-right end of the spectrum; shows just how much the political landscape has lurched.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 16, 2014 1:19 PM GMT
    Determinate saidStating The Obvious:

    "“There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch,” Coburn said. “Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. I want all the information with which I can make the best decision.”

    Coburn was responding to a question about how he would “fix” media to focus on less superficial things if he was in charge of it. He said he also reads the New York Times and Wall Street Journal saying “the real problem is we’ve lost the professionalism of journalism.”

    Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-senator-some-of-fox-news-totally-not-fair-and-totally-no#3jmplss
    That is the exact same problem with all news media outlets. Professionalism in journalism is no longer relevant because of the endless quest for greater corporate profits. How horribly sadicon_sad.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 16, 2014 8:09 PM GMT
    People have to admit the "sky is blue" at some point.

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  • FRE0

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    Aug 17, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Determinate saidStating The Obvious:

    "“There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch,” Coburn said. “Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. I want all the information with which I can make the best decision.”

    Coburn was responding to a question about how he would “fix” media to focus on less superficial things if he was in charge of it. He said he also reads the New York Times and Wall Street Journal saying “the real problem is we’ve lost the professionalism of journalism.”

    Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-senator-some-of-fox-news-totally-not-fair-and-totally-no#3jmplss
    That is the exact same problem with all news media outlets. Professionalism in journalism is no longer relevant because of the endless quest for greater corporate profits. How horribly sadicon_sad.gif


    That is exactly the problem.

    It is no longer the purpose of the media to inform the public. Rather, it is the purpose of the media to maximize profits by maximizing audience size. That is best accomplished by entertaining the audience and emphasizing news items that are flashy, lurid, and attention-grabbing.
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    Aug 17, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    I disagree with many of Coburn's policies. But he is a man of integrity. Possibly the only politician not owned in DC. He refuses to allow any lobbyists to set foot in his office. Won't accept a meal or anything like that from them!
    Wish more from both parties had his character.
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:40 AM GMT
    Senator Coburn is desperately trying to rehabilitate his image as he leaves Congress. His brush with death, prostate cancer, may have made him consider his legacy as well.

    So now as it is safe to speak his mind he is defying his fellow Republicans a little.

    I don't consider him noble. But there is a limit to the amount of bullshit he plans to carry to his grave.
  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    Determinate saidStating The Obvious:

    "“There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch,” Coburn said. “Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. I want all the information with which I can make the best decision.”

    Coburn was responding to a question about how he would “fix” media to focus on less superficial things if he was in charge of it. He said he also reads the New York Times and Wall Street Journal saying “the real problem is we’ve lost the professionalism of journalism.”

    Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-senator-some-of-fox-news-totally-not-fair-and-totally-no#3jmplss


    Reminder: Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are owned by News Corp.
  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2014 4:59 AM GMT
    At the link is a story from someone that worked for the angry, 50+ year old, conservative white man industry/target market. That does not mean that they are the only ones...but they are the target.

    - Writers who are paid to get their target market riled up....helping them get an adrenalin rush from the anger while giving them the feeling that they are much more brilliant because they get their information from these sources.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3889674
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    Aug 17, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    Fox is a pro-Repub propaganda channel owned and operated by Repub propaganda pushers.
    Everybody knows that.
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    Aug 17, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
    Determinate saidSenator Coburn is desperately trying to rehabilitate his image as he leaves Congress. His brush with death, prostate cancer, may have made him consider his legacy as well.

    So now as it is safe to speak his mind he is defying his fellow Republicans a little.

    I don't consider him noble. But there is a limit to the amount of bullshit he plans to carry to his grave.

    If he weren't leaving Congress he would have been pressured to "walk these statements back" in criticism of Fox. Just like Republicans who criticized Rush Limbaugh a few years ago all had to grovel to him a week later, and abjectly apologize.