July 23, 2004

Fair, Balanced . . . and Unleaded?

Good grief. This was a first. Running on vapors after the SDVG meeting, I had to stop and get gas while downtown. Found an Exxon station. Pulled in and noticed as soon as I started pumping the gas, the hard-to-read color LCD monitor switched to showing . . . FOX News.

And sure enough, what did FOX have to say? Well, TERROR ALERT: ELEVATED was on the crawl, and the reporter was hysterically reading something about a bomb aboard a Turkish cargo vessel . . .

I noticed there was no TURN THE DAMN FOX CHANNEL OFF button anywhere. You're basically forced to at least listen if not watch while pumping. Oh wait: there was a way to turn it off. Stop pumping. And then make a mental note to never go to that Exxon again.

Posted by brian at July 23, 2004 10:25 PM


Holy crap! It's bad enough having to watch and/or listen to commercials on those screens. But a random 3 minutes of some news program? They should show a cartoon or music video or something designed for short attention spans.

Posted by: Mike O. at July 25, 2004 12:59 AM

i read 1984 and way too young of an age... and this is fucking creepy.

Posted by: th0m at July 26, 2004 07:05 AM

i complain about commercials being everywhere, but hell, i'd welcome commercials over that.

Posted by: mikey at July 26, 2004 09:07 AM

The University and 805 location has it, too, but it was CNN's Headline News. I really didn't mind it, as I never really get a chance to watch the news and it passed the time. But, I am rather sick of us being bombarded with terror-inducing media all the time.

Posted by: Joelle at July 26, 2004 09:57 AM

What's wrong brian? you miss those cozy years when you had it all your way, don't you? I.e., when ALL the media agreed with you and your pinheaded liberal buddies' wacked-out thinking. All you libs see the world through a rose colored paper straw. You might as well get used to the "fair and balanced" news of FoxNews, because it ain't going anywhere anytime soon. Thanks for the info --- I'll gas up at Exxon every chance I get.

Posted by: Jen at July 27, 2004 11:58 AM

If you read my blog you'd understand that I'm not one who accepts what "the media" says at face value. Never have. In fact I don't automatically accept what Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, or any other channel says. My problem with Fox is that it often is not news, but opinion presented as news. Opinions aren't news.

As for the rest of your comment, well, all I have is your words, and your words say a lot: I see the absence of fairness, the absence of balance; I see someone foolishly jumping to conclusions; I see presumptuosness, fear, intolerance, and a tendency to attack the messenger instead of the message . . . Kind of like Fox News, come to think of it.

Posted by: brian at July 27, 2004 01:53 PM

"My problem with Fox is that it often is not news, but opinion presented as news. Opinions aren't news."

One could make the exact same argument re: CNN and the New York Times, and in the case of the Times it would be much easier to prove.

By the way, the last time I happened to be at a pump with a built in TV broadcast is was also CNN Headline News. Also, the monitors in airports often seem to be on CNN as well. Perhaps you shouldn't get so bothered by the fact that you're exposed to Fox News for a few minutes. It's not really something worth complaining about, particularly when you can just jam your gas cap in the pump handle and walk away from the screen.

Posted by: Lance Jonn Romanoff at August 1, 2004 09:18 AM

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