Complaining that Fox News isn't news is like complaining that a lemonade stand isn't a bar. It's not supposed to be. That's not its purpose.

The purpose of Fox News (or certainly of the Fox News "personalities" and commentators) isn't to present "fair and balanced" anything. The purpose of Fox News is to give focus and affirm the anger that a lot of people naturally carry around with them.

You feel powerless and victimized; you're angry; you're just looking for a way to focus and affirm that anger. And there's Glenn Beck, railing and crying over the gross injustices of all the people in power who are immoral idiots bent on destroying everything that's decent and good.

Or there's Keith Olbermann, doing exactly the same thing.

And the presidents of both their companies happily count their money, knowing that, of all things, anger is the gift that keeps on giving.


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