My daughter says, “My Dad is biased because he watches Fox News all the time.” Since she does not have the benefit of doing the same, I know she is not aware of what is happening around her. She is however, correct as I do follow Fox, but that does not mean that Fox gets my total approval and I will share some of my complaints with you.
I am tired of seeing the Fox ladies in all seasons attired in bare-shouldered garb as if they are about to go to a cocktail party and I dislike their school-girl shrieks and histrionics when all they are supposed to be doing is conveying the news. I like the men, particularly Bill Hemmer, Shepard Smith, Brit Hume and Bret Baier and, like all Fox watchers, the wisdom and subtle humor of the Fox Sage, Dr. Charles Krauthammer. A sample of what I don’t like is listed below.
I recently heard a female announcer say, “I want to welcome the both of you.”
The same lady, later in the following interview said, “I know that both of you didn’t vote for that bill.”
Several announcers keep promising something is coming “momentarily.” Presumably, it’s only coming for a split second rather than “soon” or “in a jiffy.”
On various occasions, we keep hearing “wise,” as in people-wise, money-wise and even just last week, we heard that we were not doing as much “mission-wise” in Iraq as we did in the Gulf War.
The record goes to Bill O’Reilly who on June 24 said that he was tired of this “ridiculous-ness.” Did he mean ridicule? (I have provided the date so he can hear it too.)
While we are talking about Bill O’Reilly, why does he keep ignoring the numerous emails he receives asking him to stop talking over his invited guests. My complaint is different as I want him to stop shouting over his guests. Is he not aware that when two are talking we hear neither because we have applied the mute button. We don’t need him to quiet down to the boring level of a Ben Carson but a few decibels in that direction would be appreciated.
Another thing that grates with O’Reilly is when he gets excited and yells, “What ‘appened.”
The shout-over complaint also applies to Niel Cavuto’s deep and ever growing, raspy voice, for Greta’s too loud voice and for a large part of the hourly, “The Five.” (Do we really need an hour of mostly trivial chatter?)
My biggest complaint is directed to Fox Management. Will you please forbid the stupid and in-elegant phrase, “Take a Listen” from the airways? It started as a one or two day rage and now has not only become an avalanche, but your competitors have now caught the disease. Please end it. It has more than served ts time.
And so have I. I remain as a friend of Fox but I feel better getting this post out of my system.