News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 15, 2012

RONN MOTT: Fair and Balanced

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — The Fox News Network proclaims to all they are fair and balanced. It’s the biggest lie since Eve proclaimed to Adam that eating the fruit of the Tree of Life would not hurt either one of them.

Then came the election for the presidency and Fox News was the unofficial cheerleader for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. I don’t think anybody who has something other than a pea-brain atop his/her shoulders thinks Fox News is fair and balanced. Were he here, alive and in the flesh, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, propaganda chief for Hitler, would be applauding Fox News’ effort to pull the wool over the eyes and ears of the American public.

Fox News not only slants the news to the right, they took a right turn when Bill Clinton was president and it has been downhill, a hand on the horn, no brakes and the most extreme narrow-minded track.

I suppose if you’re a right-wing dingbat, you might even cheer for Fox News. I know some decent people who, for whatever reason, slurp at the Fox trough and what Fox has been putting in it. It certainly is not truth and is very close to being fiction. One can admire the heroism of Captain Kirk or Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but one must remember, these men are fictitious, not real, and the problem is Fox refuses to separate fiction from fact.

Election night at midnight, it was all over. There were not enough voters left to give Mitt Romney even a slight chance. But, Carl Rove (advisor to Republican presidents), and Donald Trump, he with the tacked down hair and money to give to lost causes, were still beating the drum of victory for Mitt Romney … obviously deluding themselves.

Fox pressure on their news anchors not to throw in the towel would have been laughable were it not so serious. So, I leave you with the big lie and an ounce of truth: Fox News, with unmitigated gall, will still say “fair and balanced,” even though it is not. May I add to that, stupidity, which it is.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.