When I view Fox “News” I feel this feeling deep within my throat. It is a burp that I cannot, for the life of me, be rid of. No matter how hard I try, it stays with me. It is the most annoying feeling that I can possibly think of. I would rather be water boarded for three years than to watch Fox “News” for an entire day.
This channel, this self-proclaimed “Fair and Balanced” station on my television set, it irritates me worse than a mosquito. And I live in Arkansas, a swamp. The mosquitoes here are mutant-esque. They are not your average mosquitoes. This should help describe the feeling I hold dear to me when I hear the name Fox “News”.
These people, are they actors? They have to be, to have these ideas in their heads which they speak of frequently. They make me sad to be an American. They make me sad to be a human. I would much rather be a rat than a person in any relation to them.
“But they are so patriotic, Dean. How dare you say things as you do!”
I cannot help but think as I do.
“Nonetheless, you should think otherwise. They are people such as you. Would you wish anyone to say what you have said about them to you?”
I would say that if I acted as they do, then yes. I would wish someone would awaken me from this nightmare. But such is not the case for them. This is the real life. They wish to make a mockery of it. They wish to turn this life into a stage.
“But have you not said that you wish to make things dramatic for entertainment?”
I have said this, yes. However, my life is not broadcasted on national television. My life is my own. My circle of friends are near to me. I have no listeners — far away — unable to tell the difference between sarcasm and truth. What I say, and what I do, have no reaction on those who do not know me. But if I were on national television – then I would take on much more responsibility, like they should. National television has a much broader reach than what I say to people near to me. I do not have millions of viewers and listeners daily. I have but a few.
“Yet hear you are writing on these articles, these poems on the internet for all to read. Do you not think people may be influenced by you?”
I do write on the internet, and I do hope my articles and poems will influence. Yet I do not broadcast them nationally every day. If someone wishes to read what I write then they are welcome to. My writings are not broadcasted nationally twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Yes, they are able to be read at any given time, but there are many that do not know of me. However, I would venture to say that anyone in the U.S. knows of Fox “News”. And then again, my writings are my own. I do not portray things in a different light just to hypnotize others into seeing as I do. I speak as my own mind thinks.
“Is this not what the newscasters do?”
I would say it is not. I would say that they read a script which is predetermined to influence in a certain way. However, my thoughts, they are written as they come to me. If these people, these “newscasters”, spoke as I write, then I would see no problem with them. But I would venture to say that they do not do this. I would venture to say that they do not speak freely on national television. I would venture to say that they have preconceived scripts to follow. And even if they do not, they label themselves “Fair and Balanced” knowing very well they are the opposite. They are not fair in the least. And they are not balanced at all. They speak opinions. And, as we all know, opinions are never fair nor are they balanced. It would seem these people are ordinary Americans. But they are not; they portray themselves as uneducated Americans. Uneducated does not mean normal, not in any sense. Normal Americans understand what is happening to them. Normal Americans do not follow words of others without having their own interpretation of the words.
“Well, to me, you seem full of contradictions.”
Could you explain to me how I am contradicting myself? Is it that I have spoken in such ways in previous articles? Yet, in this here article, I have proven to you and to all, my reasons for such things. That my articles are not far reaching. That my articles are written as poetry and that I do not proclaim, in any way, to be fair and balanced. That I write as I feel. All that I write is free flowing, my writing is not premeditated. I write as I speak. Whatever comes to mind is that which is written. And now, now I have come to the conclusion that you will only try to prove me wrong. You will not try to understand my methods. Therefore, why should I try to convince you?