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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:19 AM

So I sent this Newsweek article & link to a friendly trumpish neighbor.

I never do stuff like that - but he is trying to be "helpful" by sending out Covid19 info to folks in the neighborhood (he sits on homeowners board) unfortunately from unreliable sources like Fux. I don't know if he will think twice in the future about sending out garbage, but I felt unable to resist the urge to push back. I don't have very many trumpy neighbors, but this is one...

JOURNALISM PROFESSORS CALL FOR AN END TO FOX NEWS CORONAVIRUS 'MISINFORMATION' IN OPEN LETTER TO RUPERT MURDOCH

Columbia Journalism School Professor Todd Gitlin and 73 others said: "The misinformation that reaches the Fox News audience is a danger to public health. Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that your misreporting endangers your own viewers—and not only them, for in a pandemic, individual behavior affects significant numbers of other people as well.

"Yet by commission as well as omission—direct, uncontested misinformation as well as failure to report the true dimensions of the crisis—Fox News has been derelict in its duty to provide clear and accurate information about COVID-19."


https://www.newsweek.com/journalism-professors-fox-news-end-coronavirus-misinformation-open-letter-1495688

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Reply So I sent this Newsweek article & link to a friendly trumpish neighbor. (Original post)
FM123 Apr 2020 OP
Laelth Apr 2020 #1
olegramps Apr 2020 #39
wryter2000 Apr 2020 #43
Phoenix61 Apr 2020 #2
MFGsunny Apr 2020 #3
SWBTATTReg Apr 2020 #4
olegramps Apr 2020 #40
pandr32 Apr 2020 #5
DonaldsRump Apr 2020 #6
gibraltar72 Apr 2020 #7
Joinfortmill Apr 2020 #8
barbtries Apr 2020 #9
Metro135 Apr 2020 #10
DENVERPOPS Apr 2020 #25
AllaN01Bear Apr 2020 #42
crickets Apr 2020 #11
diva77 Apr 2020 #19
Blue_playwright Apr 2020 #26
Wednesdays Apr 2020 #28
liberalla Apr 2020 #12
FM123 Apr 2020 #23
Nacht Owl Apr 2020 #13
not fooled Apr 2020 #14
DTomlinson Apr 2020 #15
Grins Apr 2020 #16
Warpy Apr 2020 #17
LiberalArkie Apr 2020 #18
lunatica Apr 2020 #20
perfessor Apr 2020 #21
hangaleft Apr 2020 #33
Blue Owl Apr 2020 #22
deurbano Apr 2020 #24
nwliberalkiwi Apr 2020 #27
FM123 Apr 2020 #29
liberalla Apr 2020 #30
FM123 Apr 2020 #31
Dan Apr 2020 #41
soldierant Apr 2020 #32
Demovictory9 Apr 2020 #34
Poiuyt Apr 2020 #35
DFW Apr 2020 #36
ibegurpard Apr 2020 #37
JudyM Apr 2020 #38

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:24 AM

1. k&r for right action. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 07:26 AM

39. When we will the election, I hope that action is taken to remove the broadcast license of FOX.

The air waves belong to the people and a license is predicated on being a service to the people, not a dissemination of propaganda. The entire staff of the FCC board has totally failed the citizens and corrective action must be taken. The Reagan rape of the system must be addressed including multiple station ownership and the fairness doctrine. A critical segment of our citizens are being absolutely brainwashed by the Republican charlatans. Charges should also be brought against those such as the quacks Dr. Phil and Oz for outright misinformation and their privilege to hold licenses investigated. They told millions of listeners outright lies and misleading information and should be held accountable and could be responsible for thousands of deaths by the gullible listeners.

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Response to olegramps (Reply #39)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:58 AM

43. Dr. Phil no longer has a license

Dr. Oz May. He’d still have the title doctor, though. Same with Phil. I have a PhD and technically can be called “doctor.”

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:25 AM

2. Awesome! nt

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:29 AM

3. Well done, FM123. May it have your (our) desired effect. n/t

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:38 AM

4. This is a serious public issue and faux news is one of the primary sources of this misinformation...

and confusion among their viewers. faux news needs to be held accountable. Of course now they are changing their tune, after the evidence smacked them in the damn face. I'm surprised that they haven't been sued yet (I seem to recall something coming out that someone is suing them, I don't recall). How do they get away w/ it? How does the idiot so called president get away with all of the thousands of lies?

One day, there will be a serious reckoning and the long arm of the law should be used to protect the public good by going against these people, after all, it's almost just as bad as yelling 'fire' in a public venue.

Every enabler should be struck down. Every liar should be struck down. These idiots don't have any regard for the rights of others (nor health) so they should be nailed to the wall, and nailed hard. There are laws on the books regarding public health and safety, etc., surely there are laws that apply here. No blank checks have been granted to the so called president or faux news to break the law having the common sense to not put out false information that could harm others.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 07:29 AM

40. Absolutely. They should be held accountable. Licenses should be revoked.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:02 PM

5. K&R

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:13 PM

6. You're a hero

Good for you. This is a matter of life and death. No joke.

There are plenty of videos now where even Insanity Hannity and Mother F***** Tucker have conceded this is a deadly serious issue, so you can send this fellow those if he has any further doubt.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:26 PM

7. It is our duty to inform!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:46 PM

8. Good for you!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:55 PM

9. A friend shared a Newsweek article on fb

(I don't recall the context, but it was about trump I think). another friend of hers wrote it off and characterized Newsweek as "far left."

far left! i blocked that person.

I hope you get a better response than a dismissal like that. please keep us updated.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 12:55 PM

10. Maybe Fox should change their advertising slogan

From We Report, You Decide to

WE REPORT. YOU DIE.

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Response to Metro135 (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:29 PM

25. Or:

All the news that we can shit.......

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Response to Metro135 (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

42. ive always said ,"unfair and unbalanced "," and may i add you die".

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:14 PM

11. FOX Kills. K&R

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Response to crickets (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:08 PM

19. and Limbaugh and all other hate-talk radio and all rethugs

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Response to diva77 (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:08 PM

26. Is that bastard on the air still?

I thought he was dying.

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Response to Blue_playwright (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:11 PM

28. Like a cockroach after a nuclear holocaust...

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:22 PM

12. Please let us know any response you get!

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Response to liberalla (Reply #12)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:14 PM

23. I sure will. Nothing yet....

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:23 PM

13. "friendly trumpish neighbor"???

 

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:24 PM

14. Good thought, but

if this guy runs true to form he probably stopped at "Professor" and refused to continue reading past that point.


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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:54 PM

15. Thank you, admire your efforts to educate people.

 

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 01:54 PM

16. And? And? Did he reply? NM

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:07 PM

17. Well, it was worth a shot

but there's a 90% chance the next time you see him that the worlds "fake news" will be hurled your way.

It's a cult. They don't wake up until sometime after the wall has fallen on top of them.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:08 PM

18. They respond with who are the Journalism people you are talking about? What is a journalism?

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:09 PM

20. Telling him that you're shocked at the level of ignorance he is

displaying about the pandemic would probably get his attention. Especially if you said you had always thought he was relatively well versed about facts, but that now he is a disappointment because you realize he is misinforming others which is putting them in danger.

Tell him you expected better from him.

If nothing else you might give him the needed insight that if he’s playing Messiah for his friends then he should make sure he’s informed in his messaging.

Making people realize they’re accountable for their words and actions will make most pause and reconsider their actions.

Since you’re probably going to be dismissed as a libtard anyway then at least draw some blood. It might even help.



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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:28 PM

21. I hope you highlighted

... several nuggets such as "Inexcusably, Fox News has violated elementary canons of journalism. In so doing, it has contributed to the spread of a grave pandemic." With circles and arrows, and a (short) paragraph on the back ... good job.

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Response to perfessor (Reply #21)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:29 PM

33. You sound like Alice's Restaurant :)

 

That’s intended as a compliment. Please accept it as such.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:12 PM

22. K&R

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:26 PM

24. I had Todd Gitlin as a sociology professor at Berkeley.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:27 PM

27. Liability Issue

Tell him he is opening up a liability issue, that can result in him being sued for dissemination of invalid information. He could lose everything that he has!!! Scare the shit out of him!!!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:58 PM

29. UPDATE:

Kind of in shock. Just spoke to him tonight (he did not mention my email about Fux News) just neighborly small talk then all of a sudden he commented "this virus is really something awful, I am so worried about so many people, I hope this all gets better soon before this president gets us all killed". Swear to God, he really said that. I have no idea when he started hating on trump but it's happening....

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Response to FM123 (Reply #29)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:08 PM

30. WOW!

. . . that's promising... and surprising!

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Response to liberalla (Reply #30)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:24 PM

31. Really surprising.

He is an elderly gentleman who has lived in my neighborhood for decades - friendly, not the typical obnoxious magat but still a trumpy fan. The last time he brought up trump he was gushing what a "great job" he was doing and how great the economy was. Since he was still sending out Fux News articles about Covid19 I assumed he was still drinking the trumpy kool aid, but I guess not. While the die-hards will never leave him, those who went along for the ride because they thought "what the hell, what do you have to lose" may be realizing the answer is: your life.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #31)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:02 AM

41. And the sad thing is this

Your elderly neighbor is right - if Trump makes all the decisions, he might kill us all.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #29)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:33 PM

32. Halleluiah! n/t

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 11:17 PM

34. k&r

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 03:10 AM

35. I saw a report that said that Fox News watchers were less informed about current

events than people who don't watch the news at all.

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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #35)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 03:17 AM

36. That makes sense

When asked how much is 2 + 2, the first grader who says, "I don't know" can always learn. The one who says, "FIVE," and won't budge from that answer, is far worse off.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 03:52 AM

37. Anyone who sends out conservative propaganda is fair game

For rebuttals. Good for you. I hope you hit "reply all".

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 06:43 AM

38. Endangering the public health should be adequate cause to shut the network down. In my dreams.

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