Friday, August 19, 2005

OUTFOXED-A documentary about FOX News

I just watched OUTFOXED. It's a documentary about FOX News, which Ruport Murdoch owns. It was amazing to see how bias FOX is. It was amazing to see how things can be spun to favor one person over the other, ie. George Bush over John Kerry.

I remember flipping through the channels and landing on FOX News and getting a sense that something was "off", but I wasn't sure until this documentary pointed all the "spin" devices that are used to project their agenda, which is 110% pro-Bush and pro-Republican. It was amazing to see how every single "journalist" on one station can have the exact same viewpoint.

Without this documentary categorizing the tactics and messages, I probably wouldn't have been able to put my finger on it. They did a great job.

I guess if you are happy with the War in Iraq and the price of gas doubling, you probably won't want to go out of your way to see this documentary, but if you gotten just a little annoyed with the atmosphere in this country, you may want to check this out.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

John Bateman

My best friend died in 1995. It's hard to believe that was 10 years ago. I was in the Navy and I didn't even know about his death until 6 months after it happened. I was overseas and when I got back I the first person I called was John. I called his house and his mom answered and she said, "John's dead."

He was such a cool guy. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. He kind of looked up to me, but I suspect he kind of treated everyone that way. He was just a humble fun loving guy. We always had a good time whenever we went out.

Sometimes people might have said John was a little too juvenile, but I appreciated his naive exuberance. He reminded me of everything that was cool about life. John was my best friend. I miss him.

I remember the last time I saw him. He came over just before I went off to Navy boot camp. I was worried about what I was about to go through. John was the only one of my friends who went out their way to see me off. When I said, "Good Bye" to him that day, I'm thankful that I didn't make any snide or sarcastic remarks as he was leaving as friends do sometimes. I simply said, "Good bye, John" and watched him as he drove off. I guess he always gave the sense of being a genuine friend, which is pretty rare.

Everyone should have at least one friend like John in their life because I think of something John would have probably said, "your life would certainly suck a lot less."

I love you, John. I know that if you haven't changed, you're doing just fine.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

If you like unbias news, I recommend going to They take an honest look at what is really going on in the world.

I heard the guy talk on NPR the other day, and I found his opinions to be insightful and unafraid to offend high level politicians, which is good. Don't you think?