Fox News and World War III

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no! what's disturbing is that MSNBC is doing this as well! admittedly, it was more scarborough, but say what you will, he's generally less shitty than o'reilly and hannity.

jbg | Tue, 07/18/2006 - 1:56pm

That was funny, and it is odd that conservatives do seem to latch onto this idea rather happily (hell, the last world war kept a democrate in office for a long long time. Just imagine what they could do with this).

But I do believe some of those sound bites were just taken from reports of Newt's original comment that this was wwIII. Damn editors, screwing with us.

los angeles anthony | Tue, 07/18/2006 - 1:59pm

they should all be gleeful. war is good for ratings.

Jon May | Tue, 07/18/2006 - 5:57pm

of course it's editorial trickery, but that's just the mirror of fox's main game, which is not actually employing these phrases creatively, but simply finding ways to repeat them over and over again in any context until they weasel their way into the lexicon.

jesse | Wed, 07/19/2006 - 10:22am

but, as i said, it's not just fox news with this. it's msnbc. scarborough's been calling it WWIII all week, or at least a prelude to one. i realize there's some editorial trickery, but let's not just blame fox here. there's lots of blame to go 'round.

jbg. | Thu, 07/20/2006 - 10:28am

I'm late with this, but, I was responding to La Ant who was responding to Colbert- i.e. Colbert made it seem more ridiculous than it actually was.

Absolutely, though, jbg, television news fucking sucks across the board. I hate to say it, but when I was watching BBC's evening news while in London recently, it was really driven home to me how unnecessarily awful American TV news is. That dude Salaam Pax had a whole segment where he talked about life in Iraq, as far as I could tell this was a regular segment, and it was like a full 15 minutes, maybe longer- now it was admittedly a bit cheesy, titled "Baghdad Blogger," but it was actually good, informative coverage w/ personality. Then the anchor or whoever interviewed Ayan Hirsi Ali, and while this wasn't advanced political science or anything, it was a much more genuinely insightful interview, unsoftened questions, etc. It just wansn't as concerned with generating soundbites as most of what I see here.

Jesse | Mon, 07/24/2006 - 12:28pm