Stupid Is as Stupid Does

The Outfoxed gals think Fox viewers are witless dolts. But if ignorance is bliss, the gals must be rapturously euphoric.

A new angle? That's not something you see very often over at the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed cabal). They've been caught in so many lies in their attempts to smear Fox News that they had to try a new approach. And this one is a pip: attack the viewers! Because "Fox News watchers are ignorant"!

How did the schnauzers come to this realization? Did they conduct a poll? Did they do audience research? Puh-leaze! They don't bother with all that statistical nonsense. They have a more scientific approach: base it all on one phone call to Alan Colmes's radio show! Ridicule the caller, and--presto!--Fox News watchers are "ignorant"! Q.E.D.

The great irony of all this: being called ignorant by the anti-Fox terriers is tantamount to being called ugly by a pig. The Niagara of cretinous twaddle that flows from the kook kennel demonstrates how poorly positioned they are to pass on the "ignorance" of others.

Take the simplest possible undertaking: spelling someone's name. The curs have been writing about FNC for well over a year, and yet they still don't know how to spell people's names. So from their pages we get such gems as:

"Paige" Hopkins
"Greg" Jarrett
"Patty" Ann "Brown":
Julie "Bandaras"
William "La Jeunnesse"
Martha "McCallum"
"John" Scott
Molly "Hennenberg"/"Henenberg"/"Hanneberg"
Greta van "Susteran"/"Sustren"
"Megan" Kendall
Mike "Jarrett"
"Bridgette"/"Bridgett" Quinn

But our deepest sympathies go to Mort Kondracke, or as deborah and her cronies insist on calling him:

Mort "Kondaracke"/"Kondoracle"/"Konaracke"/"Kondrake"/"Kondaracke"

If the newspups are so ignorant that after all this time they can't even get the names right, what happens when they tackle something really tough--like facts? It doesn't get any better:
[Gregg] Jarrett started off by calling Aruba a "protectorate" of the Netherlands, which Simon quickly corrected, noting that it's been an "independent nation" for some time.

There was no "correction", because Aruba is a protectorate, although this slight fact has eluded the newspups. And then there's this:
Under the Patriot Act, the FBI can, for example, go to a library or bookstore without a search warrant, and obtain information about what sort of books any American (or any human being, for that matter) is reading or buying.

Actually, under the Patriot Act, such records can only be obtained via a court order, and cannot be sought from "any human being" but only when the court is convinced that several terrorism-related criteria are met.
He said he also wants to sunset the "sneak and peek" provision of the Patriot Act, which permits the FBI to search homes without the "judicial review" of having to obtain a search warrant.

Rank ignorance! "Sneak and peak" searches can only be conducted with court approval. And the warrant itself still has to be approved by a judge.
Wesley Clark is actually quite conservative

How uninformed are these mongrels? According to Mr Clark's own website, he is:
  • Against the Patriot Act
  • For Affirmative Action
  • For Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Against ANWAR drilling
  • Against Bush tax cuts
  • For Universal health insurance
  • For higher minimum wage
  • For partial-birth abortion
  • For taxpayer-funded abortions

And the beat goes on. But the hounds are no better informed when they write about their area of "expertise":
All the hard news shows are hosted by men, right?

Right, if you don't count people like Page Hopkins, Brigitte Quinn, Martha MacCallum, Laurie Dhue, etc etc. But wait, there's more:
it's not profitable when your ratings are in free-fall to alienate 49% of the country?

FNC's ratings have plummeted

This claim, still being flogged by the pooches as of mid-June, has become embarrassing:

In primetime, FNC averaged 1,401,000, up 11% over May '04.

As TVNewser reported: "I used to muse about how two CNN's equaled one Fox News. But recently, it hasn't been true: Three CNN's equaled one Fox News in Wednesday primetime."

Oops. "Plummeting"? "Free-fall"? Only if it's possible to fall up!

But wait--what if we were to use the same tactic that the newspooches did? They came to their conclusion based on one caller to a radio program. Suppose we use that approach to examine the ignorance level of the people who read the newshounds website? A quick scan of some of the comments posted there just over the past few days tells an interesting tale of just who is ignorant:
Greta Van Sustren [sic], never comes close to touching anything political or of any relevance. It's pathetic how they use her. Posted by: Rendon76 at June 17, 2005 04:36 AM

Of course not. Her interview with Bill Clinton was all about the Michael Jackson case, right Rendon? Is Guantanamo Bay of any "relevance"? How about the Iraq War? And were the Democratic and Republican conventions not "political" enough for Rendon? Ms van Susteren hosted more hours of convention coverage than any other FNC anchor.
he's [Juan Williams] rarely used on Fox anymore.... Posted by: SteevK at June 17, 2005 08:32 PM

Only every week on Fox News Sunday, seen not just on FNC but also the Big Fox Network. And regularly on Fox News Live and Special Report, both the most-watched cable news broadcasts in their time slots.
Bill O'Reilly's getting about 1.7M viewers.... Posted by: SteevK at June 17, 2005 08:32 PM

Right. Mr Bill's audience on June 16, 2005 numbered over 2.5 million viewers.

But if there is a poster-boy for the ignorance of newshounds sycophants, it has to be Otis. He was positive Dick Durbin's comments comparing the US military to the Nazis were "accurate", but admitted:
I wouldn't know for sure - I don't know much about Hitler. Posted by: Otis at June 17, 2005 11:21 AM

Case closed.

posted: Sat - June 18, 2005 at 11:18 PM       j$p  send 

Johnny Appleseed
NOT ONLY are the fnc viewers idiots and ignorant BUT so are the people who work there!
June 19, 2005, 4:49:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply

You shouldn't use "idiots" to describe the people that made FOX News so successful. It makes YOU look like the idiot.
June 19, 2005, 5:27:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Gee, Appleseed, I'm still waiting for your reply in the Tony Snow discussion. Is it just hit-and-run with you or do you have the courage to back up what you say?
June 19, 2005, 5:39:54 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Johnny Appleseed
yea, the people there are idiots. WHY? Because they think what they program is actually NEWS. FOX NEWS ALERT: It's opinion, commentary, and debating. aka TALK RADIO ON TV.
June 19, 2005, 7:45:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply

It's almost sad, seeing them start to fall apart at the seams. Almost... but not quite. 
A fact shouldn't be such an elusive thing, methinks...
June 19, 2005, 9:52:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Appleseed seems to be having a bad weekend.
He must have gotten dissed by his boyfriend!
June 19, 2005, 11:11:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply

It's painfully obvious that newshounds is not about reporting on FNC at all but really just a gossip site where the typical flow goes something like this:
- one of the "reporters" watches an FNC show ("watches" usually means "most of it", "parts of it", or is some cases none of the program at all) 
- she then "interprets" what the show *really* indicates i.e. she puts her own spin on what she saw (or didn't see) - of course her view on the program is completely rational and unbiased...
- the newshounds regulars (all 6 of them) proceed to take the ball, ratchet up the spin and post universally agreeable and interchangeable slams on FNC, Bush or anything else that has a pulse
- anyone disagreeing is collectively jumped on and deemed a right-wing, Bush-loving kook (but of course, they "welcome all opinions")
- anyone who dares to refute their "findings" with pesky Tivo-based facts is, well, banned.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
June 20, 2005, 2:01:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply

john t
Dollar, your going to jump on the NewsHounds (a blog) for misspelling names and words. How about checking your tivo for The Big Story with John Gibson today. The segment about the private contractor that was killed in Iraq and now they're trying to deport his wife. While Gibson was talking the statement underneath read "Lamakers are trying to.....". It wasn't only once but 3 times while I saw it. I guess you won't call your Great American News Channel Fox ignorant just for misspelling something.
June 20, 2005, 6:42:09 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I think if they spelled Mort Kondracke's name wrong, over and over, in multiple different permuations, over the course of a year, and as recently as this last weekend STILL spelled it wrong--I would say whoever typed it is ignorant.
There is much more to the hound ignorance of course than the spelling--like getting the facts wrong about the Patriot Act, calling Wesley Clark a "conservative", claiming that there are no women hosting hard news programs on FNC, "plummeting ratings", etc etc.
Not to mention the ignorance of their readers. "Don't know much about Hitler"...indeed.
Hey, THEY'RE the ones who brought up "ignorance". Hoisted by their own petard.
June 20, 2005, 6:50:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

You hit the nail on the head Scott, I could not have said it better myself. *CLAPS*
June 20, 2005, 7:34:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply

john t
I can see your point Dollar. A blog run by eight ladies ought to have people to do research and proof reading. But Fox "The Number One Name In News" doesn't have time for that kind of nonsense. I mean that's why they said you heard it here first when the Pope died. Of course you did because it was the day before he died. Then you have O'Reilly claim there's been no detainees released from Gitmo that they proved innocent ect,ect. They can't be bothered with that research crap.
June 20, 2005, 10:09:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
What kind of research do the gals need? They can't see Kondracke's name on the screen? What is so hard about copying it correctly? They've been watching Fox for over a year and still think there are no women hosting news shows?
That's not a sign of inadequate research. That's just pure ignorance.
June 20, 2005, 10:58:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Reply to john t:
The subject matter is ignorance. Don't tell me some report from Italian media that the Pope is dead making it on the air due to a crossed wire = ignorance. And don't try to pretend it only happens to Fox. I happen to remember the day Reagan was shot, and ABC News announced that he had died. That didn't make ABC ignorant.
On their worst, most error-prone day, Fox could never even aspire to the levels of ignorance, bias, hypocrisy, and outright dishonesty that the Outfoxed gals put on display 24/7.
June 21, 2005, 12:06:52 AM EDT – Like – Reply