To the Editor,
Here is an excerpt from this writer in a letter that appeared on June 14, 2009, "Opinion is not fact:" "Talk radio and cable TV have dug a deep hole of negative reporting. The damage done to journalism as we once - truth is paramount - knew it may be irreparable."
This is Glenn Beck reflecting on his time at Fox News with Megyn Kelly on Jan. 22: "I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language," Beck said, evoking a keen sense of sadness and regret. "I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart, and it's not who we are.
"Now I look back and I realize if we could have talked about the uniting principles a little bit more instead of the problems, I think I would look back on it a little more fondly."
Beck admits his divisive language and outlandish conspiracy theories have played a role in tearing the country apart and has major regrets about his time at Fox News.
If Beck admits he played a role in tearing the country apart, must we assume Fox News itself is responsible for providing Beck with an audience to infuriate the public along with his cohorts Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and Kelly? Throw in the puppeteers Bernie Golderg, Dennis Miller and Charles Krauthammer, and one can understand that talk radio and cable Fox News TV have dug a deep hole of negative reporting.
Contriteness to tearing the country apart is a serious offense and Fox News should not use of treat their listeners with pool hall mentality theories while laughing all the way to the bank. Repeat: The damage done to journalism by all cable TV pundits (including those at MSNBC) as we once - truth as paramount - knew it may be irreparable.
Just a thought: There must be some truth to climate change. The news channels spend 15 minutes of their hour hour news bite reporting the weather.