January 10, 2005

Blocking Fox

Television news is some of the worst of the poor material generally available around the dial. Is is usually devoid of adequate context, sophomoric in analysis, and biased. This is pretty much guaranteed by the limited time available to present any particular story or subject.

So, while the Foxblocker is entertaining when viewed from a partisan stance I'd carry Jazz's suggestion "that you may want to get one if you have children" just a bit farther.

If possible, do not allow your children to watch any television news. If you can't stop it entirely then make sure you are with them and that you discuss each story in detail. Treat it pretty much like any other X-rated material.

One caveat to the above: when there are major events that are given continous extended coverage most of the news channels seem to do a pretty decent job (the networks tend to go back to regularly scheduled programming too soon). It is best, even during extended coverage, to switch networks regularly. Spend 5-15 minute at each stop. You can learn from both the differences in commentary and camera shots and this can provide plenty of fodder for family discussions.

Posted by Steve on January 10, 2005
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