I was checking out my tools that show me which stories were doing well that day and one of them was a story on Wired.com titled 'Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security' and naturally I checked it out. Mostly I wondered why Wired, who does more tech related posts, would post about Fox News and I figured this absolutely had to be about Trump.
Before I read the lengthy piece, I looked to see if they posted a byline, because some websites write these oh-so-courageous stories and then claim it's by 'Website name here' Staff. But then did post a name and it was an editor named Garrett M. Graff.
Cool. Finally someone who actually stands by their story, so that's a good start.
Now let's see who they are. Before going any further, I looked them up on Twitter.
Graff shares this info on Twitter: "Journalist. Director, @aspencyber . Contributor, @WIRED, @CNN, @Longreads. Fmr ed, @PoliticoMag & @washingtonian" and lists his email contacts.
Right off the bat, there's an obvious conflict of interest. It doesn't look good if you're blasting Fox News as a threat to national security when you have CNN listed in your profile info. That's a bad look, so bad it could be a meme. Such bad, much delete.
From the start of the piece, Graff talks about Fox News not sending the facts. If you go on social media, you see people saying the exact same thing about CNN and the Democrats.
Nothing new there - just people on both sides pointing fingers (insert SpiderManPointing.gif).
Graff even admits that since he was a former contributor CNN, that he might seem biased, and that's fine. We still read and look for more groundbreaking facts or evidence.
Now here's a quote that captured my interest:
The idea that Fox News represents a literal threat to our national security, on par with Russia’s Internet Research Agency or China’s Ministry of State Security, may seem like a dramatic overstatement of its own—and I, a paid contributor to its competitor CNN, may appear a biased voice anyway—but this week has made clear that, as we get deeper into the impeachment process and as the 2020 election approaches, Fox News is prepared to destroy America’s democratic traditions if it will help its most important and most dedicated daily viewer.
I don't see how a biased news network like Fox News or CNN is any sort of threat to national security or Democracy in any way, shape or form. Both networks are partisan to the right or left, but neither is a threat in any way.
Both of them tell their side of the story.
Both of them tell fact-based stories on topics other than politics.
Neither are a threat to any of us except for the fact they waste our time and have gone far too extreme to the right or left, leaving the typical reader of the Internet forced to chose between the right or left.
The only threat that Fox News and CNN pose to any of us is that it contributes to the destruction of pure journalism. You remember that thing we used to get back in the day? You know, where people would seek stories with no political agenda, just looking for facts and letting us make up our own mind? That sort of journalism?
We don't get that with politics anymore.
Now it's all showbiz and ratings, clicks and ads, and Graff's story is reaching right down the "please share me and my sensational title calling Fox News a threat to national security" lane.
Well, this is the point where I stopped reading Graff's story.
I watched a lot of the impeachment hearings thus far.
I don't see a reason to impeach Trump over a phone call.
I did see a mixed bag of witnesses saying there was or was not an offense. One person mocked Trump's kid's name and also, previously, said that she walked across the street in order to avoid walking in front of a building with Trump's name on it. I could not take her serious despite her being named an expert witness.
When the President of the Ukraine said there was no issue, and our Democrats refuse to honor his word, that is a lack of respect on their part.
When we call Biden a competitor to Trump, despite the fact they're not currently in an election, and there's no guarantee Joe Biden wins the Democratic nod, then we're jumping to conclusions and assuming Joe will get it.
He might, but he also might not. We remember what happened to Bernie Sanders, right?
One thing I should point out, since I stopped reading Graff's story anyway, is that Hunter Biden was being paid $83k a month thanks to his daddy being VP.
Now it's not illegal for Biden to help his son get a job, and it's not illegal to be paid that much money, but it sure looks really shady and it should probably be investigated.