Keystone pipeline nonsense

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

This morning on FOX, there was the standard nonsense, fair and balanced?, this time about the Keystone pipeline. That it would reduce energy prices when in fact the refined product is scheduled for export. That it would reduce our need for imported energy. Where do the people at FOX think that the tar sands to be transported in the Keystone pipeline are located? Alberta is a part of Canada, not the US. The section of the Keystone pipeline they want built will handle more imports, not less. Who wants the Keystone pipeline line? Big oil. And they want it because it will generate more profits for them and more pollution for the rest of us.

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Pulitzer Prize

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Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes are disappointed that FOX News has never won a Pulitzer Prize. Therefore, they have petitioned the Pulitzer committee requesting a new category that they expect to dominate, fictional news.

Petty and small-minded

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English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack and family are on vacation this week and Chris Hayes and Bill O’Reilly were on vacation last week, so naturally Barack’s time away from the White House was discussed by both men. Continuing the FOX News policy of petty and small-minded 24/7 criticism of everything the President says and does, Bill O’Reilly criticized the expense of the President’s vacation. Putting the trip in context, Chris Hayes listed the days of vacation of Presidents Reagan to Obama. Only Bill Clinton had taken fewer days of vacation at this point in his presidency. Ronald Reagan took a lot more vacation days at his ranch, and GW Bush took roughly 4 times as many days of vacation as President Obama has taken to date. Considering the difference in the quality of information offered, I wonder why anyone watches O’Reilly when they could be watching Chris Hayes at the same hour.

Truth in advertising

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To be compliant, the FOX News slogan should read: Unfair, unbalanced and proud of it. On second thought, that could be the slogan of both the TEA Party and the GOP. For our two-party system to work, we need two sane parties. Both the TEA Party and the GOP are several sandwiches short of a picnic.

Healthy skepticism

Greta Van Susteren in Manchester, NH

Greta Van Susteren in Manchester, NH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To maintain a healthy level of skepticism, the FDA recommends that an average adult consume an average daily dose of five minutes of pure nonsense. I get my daily dose of nonsense on FOX News in the evening. In the mountain time zone, I have three choices: Bill O’Reilly at 6pm, Sean Hannity at 7pm, or Greta Van Susteren at 8pm. Care is required to avoid an overdose, possibly leading to temporary or permanent insanity.