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  •  interesting - the rot at Fox goes deep (16+ / 0-)

    I've always thought that they're very assiduously clever at bias and lies without making it obvious that they're doing so.

    The whole operation but especially Hannity and O'Reilly are extremely accomplished hypocrites and snake oil salesmen.

    hope springs eternal

    by ahyums on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:27:30 PM PDT

    •  Shoot I thought they were jumping out of windows. (3+ / 0-)
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      To their death.

    •  extremely accomplished? (6+ / 0-)

      Imagine Hannity and O'Reilly trying to make it as independent journalists without a GOP propaganda outlet to give them exposure.

      If they were lucky, they'd be running their own obscure blogs, only getting traffic because of freeper and Red State links and making $5 a week off their online ads.

      They're just more wingnut welfare machine recipients, like Ann Coulter.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:40:51 PM PDT

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      •  no I do think they're good at what they do (1+ / 0-)
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        as much as I hate it and as unpopular as that opinion is likely to be here.

        They - especially O'Reilly less so Hannity appear convincing and sincere while uttering lie after lie and breaking the truth.

        Unfortunately as well I have no doubt that it works on occasion, both from conversation and simple observation - it's easy for people especially those who are relatively uninformed to be taken in by these crooks.

        hope springs eternal

        by ahyums on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 04:50:35 PM PDT

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      •  They are great at being entertainers (0+ / 0-)

        and to be honest I am very impressed with Sean Hannity's ability to serve as Hillary Clinton's most staunch defender after spending the 90s disparaging her in the  most hateful of ways. He is the most skilled actor/entertainer around. But I would never call that smuck fucker a journalist.

        Vote Bush in '08: "You don't switch leaders in the middle of a war!" -George Bush 2004

        by voracious on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:11:40 PM PDT

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    •  Are you nuts? (1+ / 0-)
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      They are totally obvious. They are so obvious it is painful to watch. Not one person on that station even believes what they are saying which makes them even more despicable. They are pandering and nothing more than entertainers. It is their job to take complete bullshit and blame it all on the evil liberals.

      Thank god for their defense of the Republican party. The proud party of:

      Pollution
      Abolishing Abortion
      Hatred of Gays
      Hatred of Immigrants (legal or otherwise)
      Hatred of the Poor
      Devotion to the Rich
      War
      Tyranny
      Torture
      Corporate Welfare
      Civil Rights Suspension
      FISA
      Swiftboaters

      Oh, and lest I forget

      Family Values

      Vote Bush in '08: "You don't switch leaders in the middle of a war!" -George Bush 2004

      by voracious on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:10:07 PM PDT

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      •  I know they're obvious you know they're obvious (1+ / 0-)
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        but someone who doesn't actually know the facts, doesn't follow things to a great extent wouldn't find it that way. To my mind that's their danger if everyone knew and believed that they were propaganda operatives I wouldn't spend one second worrying about them.

        If all they were, was a right wing echo chamber I wouldn't spend one second worrying about them. But unfortunately people are taken in by 'fair and balanced' - sure many of them would be predisposed to their message and sure many of them wouldn't be highly motivated in any particular direction anyway, but it does have an impact, and that's why their success is so depressing.

        hope springs eternal

        by ahyums on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:21:14 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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          and the evidence of this is whatever the latest poll is that does not have Obama up by 30 points. I would love for the diligent press to find ONE SINGLE PERSON IN AMERICA who believes they are better off today than 8 years ago.

          Vote Bush in '08: "You don't switch leaders in the middle of a war!" -George Bush 2004

          by voracious on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:23:32 PM PDT

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