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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:45 PM

Turn OFF Fox News !!!!

A couple years ago Color of Change started a campaign to Turn Off Fox News, and sent out bumper stickers. Actually, they were about the right size to palm and sort of covertly slap onto a public TV screen. (But that would be wrong.)

Since then, whenever I'm in a public place and Fox News is on, I ask for the channel to be changed, and basically all the time, the employees are happy to oblige. I usually ask for CNN.

So, this happens every time I go to the local Burger King. Fox is always on and I always get it flipped. But Friday they were already tuned into CNN and the breaking news was Muller's Russian indictments. I was going over some eMails, but keeping my ear on the development. Then I hear a loud, obnoxious voice instructing one of the employees to turn the channel to.... FOX.

I turned to him and said, excuse me, but I'm listening to the broadcast. He pointed out (loud and not polite) that I was reading my eMail - I told him I'm a multi-itasker, and that the news is an important development. He scoffed and (yes, loud and not polite) "well enjoy your fake news". I answered that it is journalism, not fake news. Just then CNN displayed its logo and announced "First, The Facts".

He sat down next to me, but when I didn't budge, he picked up his tray and headed to other side of the room. All along the way he kept blathering out loud that he was a friend of the owner, that the owner liked Fox news, and he was going to talk to the owner about this! So I said, equally loud, that I wanted to talk to the owner also. I got out my flip phone and walked over to his table and told him I would give him my phone number so he could pass it on to the owner and the owner could give me a call. This startled him and he told me to stay away from his table. I let him know that he was the one who cried out "fake news" and I just answered; he was the one who threatened to "talk to the owner" and I just answered. I told him that if didn't have anything more to say, I wouldn't have anything more to say - but if he did, I would.

That shut him up. He finished his meal in silence and left.

TURN OFF FOX NEWS!

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Reply Turn OFF Fox News !!!! (Original post)
reACTIONary Feb 2018 OP
sawasigndc Feb 2018 #1
sawasigndc Feb 2018 #2
Grassy Knoll Feb 2018 #3
Laura PourMeADrink Feb 2018 #4
reACTIONary Feb 2018 #7
Laura PourMeADrink Feb 2018 #10
reACTIONary Feb 2018 #13
griloco Feb 2018 #19
crazycatlady Feb 2018 #12
reACTIONary Feb 2018 #14
sawasigndc Feb 2018 #5
reACTIONary Feb 2018 #8
Kilgore Feb 2018 #15
sawasigndc Mar 2018 #27
Kilgore Mar 2018 #28
SharonClark Feb 2018 #6
AllaN01Bear Feb 2018 #9
reACTIONary Feb 2018 #11
MurrayDelph Feb 2018 #16
griloco Feb 2018 #18
ffr Feb 2018 #17
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2018 #20
jalan48 Feb 2018 #21
Mariana Feb 2018 #23
jalan48 Feb 2018 #24
Mariana Feb 2018 #25
jalan48 Feb 2018 #26
The Wizard Feb 2018 #22

Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:57 PM

1. Yes. Buy this shirt and wear it.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:58 PM

2. What about these bumper stickers?

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:58 PM

3. I Hear Ya, And I Still Have The Sticker

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:59 PM

4. Holy cow..where was this? Good idea though...about asking for faux

To be turned off !! Wish I was as good on my feet as you are. I just get mad and emotional and think about good lines later.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:08 PM

7. This isn't typical...

... usually a polite request to one of the employees gets positive results. I usually say something about the distraction of "talking heads yelling at each other" and ask them to turn on CNN. It usually goes smoothly.

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:46 PM

10. Where are you ?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:53 PM

13. Just outside the "beltway"...

... suburban DC / Balt MD

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 10:46 PM

19. Me too. Which Burger King?

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:51 PM

12. I usually ask for something that is not news

If there's a remote there, I switch it to ESPN. Many Faux deplorables won't complain about ESPN.

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:54 PM

14. That's true..

... its a good "neutral" choice.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:00 PM

5. I do the same: tell owners to turn off Fox.

As we run this campaign against GOP billionaire propaganda, I also like to remember that Limbaugh and rightwing radio have about 20X the estimated reach of Fox.

Fox has ~4M viewers.

Limbaugh ALONE is estimated to reach 50M Americans a week.

Start with Fox. Then move on to radio. (for protest work on radio, see: http://republiconradio.org)

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Response to sawasigndc (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:10 PM

8. Very informative link! Thanks! (nm)

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Response to sawasigndc (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 10:09 PM

15. Radio is advertising driven

Broadcasters dont care if they carry rush or didgeridoo music as long as it gets ratings, since ratings drive advertising revenues. Those ratings are determined by Neilsen which determins audience share in a market.

Progerssive radio has yet found a way to get ratings that challenge right wing radio. Does Air America ring a bell? For example, consider Portland Oregon, a truly progressive city. There is only one progressive radio station, KXRY 91.1 fm which is a 10 watt low power community station and it dosent get enough listeners to show up on the Neilson ratings. Portland did enjoy a true progressive radio station, KPOJ from 2004 to 2012 when it converted to a sports talk format due to declining ratings.

Until someone finds a progressive format that works, I fear we are stuck with rush, hannity, and the like.

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Response to Kilgore (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 05:34 PM

27. We need to bring back the fairness doctrine. Propaganda shouldn't bea llowed

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Response to sawasigndc (Reply #27)

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 07:22 PM

28. We had a chance in Obama's first term

But sqandered it.

Talk radio simply makes too much money now for the doctrine to come back.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:06 PM

6. You did good.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:43 PM

9. there is a tv remote called tv b gone and it has all the remote codes for tvs.

get one and put it in ur pocket and click, it even turns off jumbotrons.
https://www.ebay.com/i/173163178931?chn=ps
someone on here one time said they were in a hotell lobby which had 4 tvs tuned to fox news . he made a suggestion to turn one tv to weather channel , one to cartoon network and another to sports . management liked the idear and did so.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 09:47 PM

11. Sounds like a useful device....

But it would be wrong!!!! None-the-less, think I'll look into it.

I've asked for Fox to be turned off many, many times and almost always I get a positive response.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 10:34 PM

16. 14 months ago, my wife gave me

a universal remote Sonic Screwdriver. It has one setting that will turn off any television.

I really need to start travelling with it.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 10:44 PM

18. There are apps that do the same...

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 10:41 PM

17. K&R

Nice going!

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:14 PM

20. I am totally flabbergasted that so many businesses

think it's necessary to have a TV on in the first place.

I really hate that, no matter what station is on.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:30 PM

21. The only time I watched Fox News was the 2012 election night results when Rove refused

to believe Obama had won and sent the bobble head host down the hallway to Fox's "war room" to verify that yes, Obama had indeed won. Must see TV.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:49 PM

23. Isn't that when she said they'd rehearsed the walk down the hallway?

I was watching that night, too. That was just too funny.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:51 PM

24. It was hilarious. They were both dumbfounded.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 12:08 AM

25. Oh, I found it!

While she's walking down the hall, she says, "Now, when we practiced this before ..." It's at 6:05 in this vid. As if it wasn't obvious enough with all the cameras perfectly in place, she comes right out and admits they rehearsed the whole thing. So, were they really dumbfounded, or was that in the script, too? How do people believe this crap is real?





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Response to Mariana (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 12:12 AM

26. Wow! Thanks. Meagan Kelly at that-now a highly paid NBC bobble head.

Fox viewers are really gullible. I used to work at a place where Fox was what was on in the lunch room-and these were working class people watching it.

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Response to reACTIONary (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:45 PM

22. I just walk out and never return.

If they don't know any better I can't use their services.

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