Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CJR Daily: Fox News Takes Vonnegut's Bait, One Last Time

CJR Daily: Fox News Takes Vonnegut's Bait, One Last Time: "In an essay in 2004, Kurt Vonnegut, doing one of the things he did best, distilled in a single phrase what television (and, we would add, cable TV in particular) had done to our species: 'Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.'

Is there anyone better at proving this sad truism, day after spleen-bursting day, than the creators of FOX News?

Just look at what the channel did with Vonnegut's obituary, delivered in a three-minute segment yesterday by James Rosen. Challenging as it may have been for Rosen to present an appropriately complex picture of a man and an artist who happened, yes, to be a diehard liberal, it probably shouldn't have rendered the portrait of failure and imbecility that Rosen delivered."


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