Perhaps I’ve Been Too Harsh

February 7, 2011

By Russell D. Longcore

During the pregame show of Super Bowl LXL, Fox Sports broadcasted a segment in which athletes and other celebrities read portions of the Declaration of Independence. The piece was sponsored by Fox Sports and the NFL.

I sat stunned as I watched this segment unfold. Yes, they abbreviated it, but the most important parts were quoted. Like the early parts that state that when government “becomes destructive to these ends,” and “when a long train of abuses pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is the duty of the People to throw off such government”…they were all there. Sure they left off all the text that enumerated the actions of King George that brought the colonists to revolt. But here was a major network, during one of the most watched sporting events in the world, suggesting that, like the People of the 1700s, the Americans of the 2000s should repeat the revolution.

I could barely speak…but I sure as hell can write.

I am regularly, predictably and comfortably found castigating the Main Stream Media. In most situations, they seem to run the same lame stories and move in lockstep with what Washington wants them to do. But that DOI segment made me rethink my opinion of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch and Fox.

News Corp. owns the Fox Broadcasting, which includes Fox News, Fox Business and Fox Sports. Fox News runs the old tired neocon talking heads like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, so I don’t expect to find any truth there. But Fox Business seems to have a rare tolerance for unconventional voices.

Fox Business runs the John Stossel show. Stossel is openly libertarian and does regular segments about government waste and libertarian thought.

Judge Andrew Napolitano hosts “Freedom Watch,” which is even more radical than Stossel. The Judge gained notoriety when he was a regular guest host for the Glenn Beck TV show. Napolitano commonly took positions relating to tyranny and secession that Beck still will not touch. The Judge is a tiger, asking no quarter and giving no quarter in the fight against tyranny.

Stuart Varney hosts “Varney and Company” Monday through Friday mornings. Varney is an unapologetic government critic and cheerleader for free enterprise.

And besides the pro-liberty programming, News Corp. is rolling out a new newspaper that will transform the delivery of news. The Daily debuted last Wednesday, and is a daily digital newspaper created for only the Apple iPad and other tablet computers. The subscription price for this online paper will be 99 cents a week or about $40 a year. The Daily will use reporters and freelancers to produce up to 100 pages of news, sports, opinion, gossip and entertainment. I’ve seen it on the iPad, and it’s pretty impressive. No newspaper in America prints a newspaper that big because the costs are too high and advertising revenue is too low. I predict that The Daily will be a huge success.

So, perhaps I was too harsh in my criticism of ALL of the Main Stream Media. At least Fox deserves a little praise for the programming they run on Fox Business.

In conclusion, there are some other online news sources I like that you might take a look at. I know what you may be thinking…who can trust the Russians? But I recommend that you look over their video feeds. Many are as radical as Judge Napolitano. My friend Michael Rivero runs this news aggregator website. He pulls news sources from all over the world.

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