“That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.”

19 Oct

Why is everyone on the Fox network always so happy? They go on and on about how President Obama is ruining our country and sending us into untold and inevitable disaster and yet they smile and laugh like it’s the best new that they’ve ever heard. Has anyone besides me noticed that?

For prophets of such doom and gloom they sure are an awfully happy bunch.

Even when they bring on supposed experts and impartial guests who always seem to agree with them those folks are always smiling and happy too.

“Yes, they say, The President is ruining everything!” and then they go into a long list of what he’s done wrong and what crimes he’s committed against humanity, all the while smiling and grinning and looking straight at the camera as if they’re selling a box of soap or cornflakes to their viewers.

In fact the only way I can believe in who the really impartial and serious guests and experts are is by watching their demeanor. If they seem serious, ill at ease, and can’t get a word in edgewise, that’s how I know they are not one of the Fox and Friends.

At least when I click over to MSNBC those folks don’t smile at all when they offer up their gloomy news about the state of our union. And when they disagree with Republicans they at least present the aura and look of someone who wishes we could all get along and make things work better.

Over at Fox they just seem to be much too overwhelmingly giddy at the prospect of division and dirty politics in America lasting for the rest of time.

Has anyone else noticed that but me?

And Is everyone at home who watches Fox news just as delighted?

How can 24 hours a day, day after day, of such terrible news about our President, government and the state of our lives in America… be so funny?

Methinks, “Therein lies the rub”

What do youthinks?

19 Responses to ““That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.””

  1. mixedupmeme October 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    “Has anyone else noticed that but me?”
    I try not to watch…ever ever ever!

  2. Invisible Mikey October 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I like the “crazy eyes” in that photo. Aside from that, no opinion. I don’t watch Fox.

  3. ontyrepassages October 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Methinks I stay away from Fox news. Me also thinks that smiling while you’re delivering “bad” news is the best way to sell your bill of goods to the ignorant. Why would you question that sincere smile and twinkling eyes? If you’d just vote Obama out you could be happy like us! It’s theater. It’s manipulation.

    • mvschulze October 20, 2013 at 1:50 am #

      Reminds me of these lyrics from Don Henley’s (The Eagles) Dirty Laundry: “We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
      Comes on at five
      She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
      In her eye!”

      • ontyrepassages October 20, 2013 at 2:42 am #

        I remember the song well and, yes, I agree.

  4. Harold Knight October 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Been sayin’ that for years. Read Dr. Oliver Sacks’ tale of watching people who otherwise could not express themselves (in advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease) laughing uproariously at a speech by Ronald Reagan, not for what he said but because his affect so thoroughly belied what he was saying. I’d like to know what Dr. Sacks’ patients would think of the Foxers.

  5. Excellent post.This is another reality show.Politicians agree with their opponents and they disagree at thee same time ,they are unique in serving their own interest to hold to their seat.Jalal

  6. Anne October 20, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Astute observation. And, so telling.

  7. Ravi Chander October 20, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    I can’t stand Fox news for more than a few minutes. The ‘Hannity Show’ is the worst.
    Greta Carlson’s plastic appearance reminded me of the women from ‘Stepford Wives’.

  8. mvschulze October 20, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    “What do youthinks?”
    can’t really say, as I generally don’t watch FOX programming. I like to think the news I do watch at least gives an appearance of objectivity, I do not see this at FOX. As a major network, I wonder at it’s popularity, and wonder and wonder. And I think sometimes about its overseas ownership, and wonder. I like to think of myself as objective.

  9. dalo2013 October 20, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    And this is the reason why I watch ‘The Daily News’ 🙂

  10. A Voice October 20, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    I’m not sure what to think about Fox and that’s because there’s no shortage of stupid people who passionately believe things. Some people at Fox may be happily selling snake oil and others may legitimately believe what they are saying, happy to be telling someone who they think believes them.

    What I am sure of is that when things are bad and when people are angry they don’t smile when they talk about it. There may be a brief bit of laughing and smiling in relief that they can talk with someone who seems to understand, a bit of commiseration, but after the initial blast where the pressure is released there isn’t anything to smile about because things are that bad.

    Believe it or not, I’ve rewritten the paragraphs that should be here a few times and I’m just too angry to continue. The popularity of Fox News is epitomised in and by the Citizens United ruling in 2010: this country has a remarkably large, unhealthy population of stupid people that are readily and obviously being taken advantage of by the unduly ambitious, the pleonexic. In other words people willing and ready to take advantage of others are doing that to the most susceptible of the population and the number of susceptible people is a large one. But…fuck it, we’re not going to standardise education and fund it well because that would trample on State’s Rights.

  11. drshyamalavatsa October 20, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Not completely relevant to your post, but I’ve often noticed how newspapers put a picture of someone with an incongruous grin beside the news item “so-and-so arrested for possessing coke”, or something like that. And the same picture appears everyday till the case is decided, like he’s having a good time through all of it.

  12. kingmidget October 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    It’s rather simple … Fox isn’t news. Unfortunately, most news these days isn’t either.

  13. salpal1 October 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    never noticed because I don’t watch FOX News ever ever ever.

  14. eriklehman October 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Oh yes, I sure have noticed. It makes my gorge rise.

  15. and so it goes October 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I do not watch tv, it’s all fake and directed to those gullible folks who want others to think for them.

    • A Voice October 21, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Please be careful with using universal quantifiers like ‘all’, ‘always’, ‘never’ and ‘none’. When people use these terms the reaction is quite often the same as the reaction to strong emotional language: poor.

      If you mean us to take ‘news programmes’ for ‘tv’ I can understand better your concerns, both stated and implied. Unfortunately, it’s still too hyperbolic to take seriously. I’m left looking at your response and wondering if you are really THAT cynical -and this coming from someone who would never deny charges of remarkable cynicism. I just don’t know what to make of this, so all I can remark on the delivery of the message and how the message is lost to the delivery.

      • and so it goes October 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

        Thanks for your response, new at blogging I appreciate your comments . iI stopped watching TV three years ago for those very reasons mentioned.

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