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September 28th, 2009
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Fox News does Radio in addition to TV, did you know?
I just sent the following note to Airtran Airways:

This is a comment on your satelite radio offerings. On my recent flight to BWI I plugged in my headphones to your seat arm radio jack, hoping to hear music. Instead I heard hateful racist talk radio. Looking at the Jack, it indicated I was listening to Fox News Radio. But that wasn't news. Glenn Beck was on and they were acting all righteous that anyone was even asking the question as to whether or not his appallingly racist comments were actually racist. "Do we have to be having this conversation, in this day and age?" They asked. I certainly feel we do. This is not a post-race society, and their radio program was in no way news. In point of fact, I found it offensive, and I was very concerned how much it might have offended any black passengers or staff who might have turned it on. I changed the channell and listened to classical music the rest of the way, but I encourage you to drop the Fox News Radio program from your listing. I am very distrubed at the thought that Airtran Airways is helping provide a medium for them to dispense such offensive filth to more people.

Thank you for your consideration,


Their in-flight magazine was so nice and diverse, and two of the stewards were black. I would think they would be sensitive to this sort of thing. Apparently not.

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Date:September 28th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I am unaware of any way to pick and choose which sattelite stations you get, other than not paying for various "premium" channels.
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Date:September 28th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
A lady in a Baltamore Suburb wants her health club to take Fox off the TV that's in front of her favorite rowing machine.
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Date:September 28th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
There probably would have been spontaneous combustion if you'd come to my family reunion. I'm just sayin'. :-)

One side of that room would have said that Fox News is just there to offset Gangsta rap; if blacks get to complain about whites, then whites get to complain about blacks. Until *no one* complains about *anyone*'s ethnicity, it's fair game.

This is not my opinion; I'm just reflecting what I got more than enough of over the weekend. Sometimes you seem to not have any access to the viewpoints of the extreme right, or not from people you were raised to believe were reasonable people. You maybe need to listen to Fox News and ask yourself what sort of background leads to that sort of opinion. Clearly, about a third of the country is in ardent agreement with Glen Beck. We ignore them at our peril.
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Date:September 28th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
According to Huffington Post,
Jane Velez-Mitchell, the HLN host who replaced Glenn Beck when he jumped ship for Fox News, is already topping Beck's ratings from when he held the time slot.

In its third full month on the air, "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" posted HLN's largest 7PM audience since it launched its primetime block in February 2005. For January 2009, "Issues" averaged 531,000 total viewers and 221,000 Adults 25-54, a 50% increase in total viewers and a 46% increase in the demo over Beck's January 2008 ratings.

Velez-Mitchell's January ratings also represent an 8% increase in total viewers and a 19% increase in the demo over Beck's last (and best) month on HLN. Beck's last full month on the air there was September 2008, when he averaged 492,000 total viewers and 185,000 in the demo. Velez-Mitchell took over the time slot on October 17.

Granted, Beck is drawing more eyeballs at Fox News, where he debuted earlier this month to 2.4 million total viewers and 467,000 in the demo. But Velez-Mitchell's success quiets any critics wondering whether HLN could recover after losing the popular conservative host to Fox News.

eek! 2.4 Million viewers! I mean, 467,000. That's... that's... less than 1% of the polutation of the United states.

But that's not fair. a quarter of the US population (27%) is under 20, so, let's see, 73% of 305 million people is 222.65 million people, and 2.4/222.65 is .... almost exactly 1%!

aha! So, 1 percent of the adult (over 20) population of the united states may have *watched* Glenn Beck on Fox News when he debued. From this you get that a third of the country agrees with him? despite the statts above that indicate this new person attracts more viewers on this other show than he did?

I do think we ignore the people who agree with Glenn Beck at our peril. Really, we need to engage with them and get them to understand they are wrong. Did you have any luck doing that at your family reunion?

I do believe reasonable people can be swayed by this sort of message, especially when it's endorsed by an authority like a news channell. That's why I'd rather not see it mistaken for news, or listed like that. It's fraudulent.
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Date:September 29th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
When I lived in eastern Kentucky, I lived in a town where the only gynaecologist was black. The population was predominantly white. Men would accompany their wives in to examinations for fear that the doctor would rape them. Honest. Race makes people weird.
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