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If FOX truly reported news accurately, would its current defenders remain true believers?

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As a progressive, I fancy myself as a person who not only relishes, but respects a well-thought out and forthright challenge to my point of view. I also consider it important to attempt to understand what drives the philosophy of the conservative movement. At one time, I presumed that Fox News Channel would be a network overflowing with valid expressions of the conservative perspective. I anticipated that it would eventually become a primary resource for furthering my knowledge in that area.

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However, I eventually found that wallowing through a steady stream of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity distortions; partaking in the shell-shocked lunacy of Ollie North; of bearing witness to G. Gordon Liddy's "crazy uncle in the basement" shtick; or sitting through far too many sessions of disingenuous faux punditry from a collection of insipid political "analysts" known as the Fox All-Stars -- to be a collective experience that does very little to help one obtain a better understanding of conservative principles.

Although I originally tuned in to the Fox News Channel seeking further insight into the conservative philosophy, unfortunately what I found was not genuine compare and contrast viewpoints designed to give validity to that which comprises conservative thinking, but instead a nearly continuous stream of very thoughtfully-crafted distortions of alternative points of view.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)

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