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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:48 am

I am just curious. In reading the letters to the editor, it seems to be heavily balanced toward four or five elderly men giving updates from the previous night’s Fox viewing.

Is this really reflective of the letters you receive? Or is more due to a lack of letters to print?

Cliff Adams

Woodbridge

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19 comments:

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 11:09 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1593

    MR Kinderman
    if LNS is in the mood for voting over these things let me, as an old, white and (sometimes) grumpy man ( not sure about the low T) I must disagree with your 12:10 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 post. I think you are again making a faux (vandalistic) complaint based on your latest soap box demands in another thread. I do not see anything discriminatory or demeaning in the remark. I don't feel any of my rights are threatened by the remarks (seldom do white persons lose their status over remarks as people of color might).

    Even statistics on the news and in magazines always refer to whites and blacks and hispanics, and catholics and protestants and jews and females and students and muslims and protestants especially when we are talking about economics, voting or church attendance. Mr Chang (the great Wa if I may) is merely relaying what is frequently in the news about media audiences. Now low T is a medical condition which is protected by the HIPPA privacy laws which so far haven't been a civil rights issue as far as I know.

    Now the fact that I don't watch faux news which Mr Chang states normal white men don't watch, I've not allowed that to influence my vote...much. So the great Wa should stay.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 10:34 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1593

    Andrew if only we could offend you but you have shown so much tolerance for offense.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:57 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2363

    Whether or not it's the truth shouldn't make a difference. Had "black" been in place of "white," I am confident there would be cries of racism that would have the post removed. While I DO believe we've become overly PC in recent years, what is good for some must be good for others.

    As for never complaining about other people's posts, when I see a clear violation of the Rules of Conduct it should behoove all of us to bring it to the attention of the authorities, no? Or do the rules really not mean much when it applies to "white" men?

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 4:28 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Can I be "offended" by Walter's racist comment Mr. Birch?

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:28 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1151

    "privilege"

    Jerry, here it's a privilege to express one's opinion, not a right.

    Catch a clue!

    [thumbup]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:22 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1151

    Jerry, I feel slighted.

    Ten thousand words of support for Andrew's right to post his opinion.

    Thirty eight to remove that same privilge from me.

    It was the Low-T comment, huh??

    [smile]


     
  • M. Doyle posted at 4:05 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 167

    Honestly, Kevin, I don't know many progressives who take this paper any more. The town leans very conservative and Christian, the editorial board often mirrors those sentiments, so it seems logical that most of the letters would reflect those views.

     
  • M. Doyle posted at 4:01 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 167

    Median age of a Fox News viewer is 68, the oldest of any cable news network. As well, only about 1% of viewers are people of color. I think what Mr. Chang says is probably closer to the truth than you realize. Fox News viewers also were found to have less knowledge of news facts than people who watch no news shows at all, and according to the commercials, Low-T makes old guys cranky. So, older, whiter, less informed, and cranky sounds about right. Since he talks about most old white men living normal, fulfilling lives, I hardly see this as a point of racism.

    I thought you NEVER complained about other people's posts? I don't understand why you are so incensed about Andrew's posts being removed. Most of us have posts that are not accepted and in general, for reasons we can not fathom. You and Andrew are merely guests here, just like the rest of us, and can be jettisoned at any time, for any reason.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 12:10 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2363

    Mr. Birch - I believe that Mr. Chang's reference to "old angry white men with low testosterone levels" is racist and as a result should be removed from this forum. I cite Rule No. 2 in support of my contention.

     
  • Jien Kaur posted at 11:08 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 258

    I enjoy Fox News because it have so many funny people. Like the Bill Oreilly who yell at the father of the Bergdahl man for having a Taliban beard and telling him to shave it off. Next you see the Bill interviewing the Duck show people and joking about they beards. The Duck show people wear beards for traditional Christian reasons so I guess that OK with the Bill.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 10:55 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 423

    I wondered that, too, Kevin. I did not become part of this forum while Bush was president. I do think, however, that the LNS pretty much publishes all the letters they get. I don't think the paper is trying to promote one particular ideology over another.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 9:41 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1151

    I think that "old angry white men" with low testosterone levels are more then twice as likely to be FAUXNEWS viewers as compared to normal old white men.

    Matter of fact...

    I think they're also several times more likely to write mean spirited letters and hateful comments on local forums than normal old white men with fulfilling lives.

    I'm just saying...

    [lol]

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:45 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2050

    It makes me wonder about long term trends. When the Republicans were in power, did the LNS receive more letters from Liberals complaining, as we now see many Conservatives complaining about Obama and the Liberals.

    Or are Liberals, at least in this area, less likely to write letters to the editor.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 3:06 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 587

    Kindseth: You have been around long enough to know events change on a minute to minute basis, not as you state 1-2 or 3 week period. Left, Right or who gives a s+++, they will be responsible for what they say and what goes on any TV station or Newspaper. Once the cat is out of the bag, remember, you cannot un-ring the bell and Elvis has left the building, and hes not coming back.

    You cannot dispute the fact that the military is cutting back. 1,100 Army officers will be given pink slips, even as they risk their lives on a daily basis, thanks Barry and the rest of the "leaders" that run this country. Perhaps the money is needed for a more urgent purpose, how to deal with illegal immigration and closing the boarders. Time will tell, most likely when Barry leaves office.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 12:43 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 587

    Things I didn`t know, Fox being one of the Clinton's largest donors, and both of those two phonies claim they were broke. Rodham`s book " Hard Choice`s" can be found in the fiction section of your local library, and another made up story concerning Benghazi, since this will never go away and will not be swept under the rug. This will be a main point of interest she will have to answer to if she considers making a run for the Commander in Grief in `16, at least Barry will be gone, but the memory lingers on.

    Since the "War" is winding down in Iraq and Sandune land, the military will be cutting over 100,000 troops leaving the US at its lowest point since WW11. When Ronald Reagan became President, the first thing he did was build up the military.

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    Your comments would convey a better tone of accuracy if you had taken a tally of the comments over a 1-2 or 3 week period and included that….One count of the lefties, one count of the righties. With that information you would be better informed as to which side is more represented. On the other issue, this blogzone has turned into a private sandbox for a handful of writers. But without a good tally, I am not sure for which side.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1565

    Sounds to me like he's seen enough Fox news to know what's up.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:40 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Here is a fun fact for those who dislike Fox News.

    According to the Federal Election Commission Fox News Corp. has been one of the Clinton family’s largest donors for the better part of two decades (since 1992). Fox News Corp. has donated $3,002,926 to Clinton family accounts making Fox News Corp. the Clinton family’s 9th largest donor.
    [lol]

     
  • Larry Tremaine posted at 7:43 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    DLT Posts: 3

    Cliff, perhaps you should switch from watching MSNBC to Fox News so you can educate yourself of events developing around the world.

     

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