Fox and Friends? or is it Fox and Complete Crap?

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Fox and Friends, wow, what a show, eh? I have to admit, this show, as inane as it can be, is my morning coffee backdrop.

Do not mistakenly take that as an endorsement. The show drives me absolutely nuts at times. I just consider this particular collection of inanity to be less inane than the other breakfast shows available.

This morning there were two moments where my head nearly exploded.

One involved a discussion on home ownership and retirement. A segment that offered no answers to either home ownership or retirement. The most bizarre moment in this completely useless segment, was when the discussion shifted from talking with the so-called retirement expert about, well, retirement, and became a discussion of Britney Spears performance at the VMA’s.

You read that right. One second the discussion was about home ownership and how to deal with your home upon retirement. Then, out of nowhere, the whole discussion was focused on Britney Spears‘ utterly stupefying performance at a forgettable, waste of time awards show.

I think the reason I am so upset is that even when the talking heads were on topic, they were not answering any real questions of home ownership and retirement. Changing to talk of Ditsy Shears only made the situation more comical.

These people do not understand how to spread information. They, in this case, assume the viewers have the same knowledge they have at their disposal, and run the segments in that vein.

The thing is, if I knew all the info on that subject and wanted to have a discussion, I would do that with my broker or a trusted friend.I would not watch a talk show segment supposedly offering knowledge on the subject.

When giving information on any topic, you must assume the person receiving the knowledge is completely ignorant of the subject. Now, I don’t mean you talk down or treat the recipient as a dullard. I mean you give the information in a way that educates the person and makes few, if any, assumptions of the person’s prior knowledge. Simple right? Obviously not to Fox and Friends.

The other thing that got me steamed is the Fox and Friends crew creating false controversies. I, of course, realize that almost all television talk-fests do this, but that does not make it right. Not at all.

This morning the topic was Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barrack Obama, and whether this was proper journalistic conduct.

The premise of this segment is borderline retarded.

I have no love for Barrack Obama and I will not vote for him, But I understand that he is a legitimate candidate for president. I also realize some people do actually support him in his bid to lead the Country, and I wholeheartedly endorse their right to do so.

This is why the segment this morning tweaked me so. It is like somebody at Fox snorted McCain-Fiengold and added some coke or crystal meth to amplify the stupidity.

Oprah is a private citizen with complete control over her show and entertainment empire.What she is not is a journalist. She may have began her career as a journalist, but she is now an entertainer. She is a talk show host and entertainment mogul. She is not, in any way, compromising journalistic credibility by endorsing Obama. In this case there is no journalistic credibility to be compromised.

Let my reinforce this one more time. The Oprah Winfrey Show is entertainment, not a news show.

Creating controversy where there is none. It is despicable.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there may be legal questions pertaining to equal time rules and interviewing presidential hopefuls. That is however a completely different matter, and Oprah will have to deal with that in due time. But compromising journalistic credentials? Come on over to reality and stop drinking the Kool-aid.

The irony is this report was aired on Fox news, where the most popular “cable-news” shows are actually opinion pieces. Fox goes out of it’s way to point out that The O’reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Neil Cavuto, Greta Van Sustren, and the like are just that, opinion shows, and thus are not hard news.

But Oprah’s show is hard news with journalistic credibility?

Wow is the only word that comes to mind, just Wow. Maybe music is going to become my morning coffee backdrop from now on.

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