a reply to: xuenchen
I find this turn of events at once hilarious, terrible, and to be proof of the worthlessness of punditry on the Fox network as a whole.
Birmingham is culturally important for the British Isles, and for rock and metal fans like myself. The lead singer of Black Sabbath, and outrageous
rocker in his own right, Mr Ozzy Osbourne, was born in that very city, as were the band itself and most, if not all of its original members.
But let's not dwell too much on Birmingham. Let us look at the issue of pundits on Fox, and indeed, in US media in general. I am of the opinion that
the vast majority of pundits operating on American television, including those who have managed to score themselves shows of their own, are on the
whole, not very bright, and uniformly poorly informed. Over the years that I have been here on ATS, I have been introduced to many examples of
outright gutter think, touted as reasoned debate, and legitimate opinion, by these pundits and their handlers. Bill O' Reilly, a gentleman of singular
capacity for being misinformed, is just one of the names that stands out, but there are many others. This Emerson fellow is just another in a long
line of right wing, suit swaddled, wannabe supremacists who has managed to gain himself a blast of limelight.
I find it predictable, yet somehow still astonishing, when folk like this make tedious errors of this sort, and what is worse than that is the fact
that although he did in fact retract his statement, Mr Emerson's initial comments will reach more people than his admission of his own total ignorance
of what happens over here in Britain. This aside from saying that his retraction did not go far enough, in that he did not admit that he, like pretty
much every person who has ever taken up the mantle of the pundit on American television, knows next to nothing about the topics he is talking about,
or indeed about anything that happens further than six feet from the point of his chin.
On a more serious note though, I must reiterate that his retraction will not be seen by as many people as his initial comments, and that the damage
therefore has already been done. You see, when you allow certain individuals to crap all over the truth and dress it up as journalism, that is giving
those who are doing the talking, free reign to plant memes in peoples minds. To be fair, no one should be stupid enough to believe his garbage, or
anything like it.
However, given that there are people that ignorant abroad in the world, as to buy his brand of BS, it is deeply irresponsible on the part of news
networks, to employ people in a role which increasingly seems to be about polarising opinion, and placing barriers of fallacy between the peoples of
the nation to which they broadcast. When does it stop being a mistake, or a substandard bit of subject matter research, or bad intel, and become a
concerted propagandist campaign?
Frankly, the person who hosted the show that these comments were made on, is no better either, and is another pot stirring figure, whose only reason
for existing appears to be to invent new frictions for the people to mistrust one another over. I think it is clear that these sorts of broadcasts
have no legitimate purpose, and are purely designed to outrage, to fluff the egos of the fantastically moronic, and to make jingoism and tub thumping
seem like legitimate political discourse.
I pity anyone who gets the majority of news from these ignorant savages. I have hairs on my hind quarters with more intelligence, and have ejected
things from my nostrils when sick with cold, that have more integrity than the pundits from the networks.
edit on 12-1-2015 by TrueBrit
because: Grammatical error removal.
edit on 12-1-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error removed.