I See Now…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

…why FoxNews.com scaled down its opinion section, killing off my column and several others. They had to create room on the front page for the important stuff.

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35 Responses to “I See Now…”

  1. #1 |  Ron | 

    I don’t think they should have killed your column, but that drivel was on the front page of fox’s website long before they killed your column.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    And this is the new improved more serious foxnews. They went through a phase where even most of the text headlines were of the batboy variety.

  3. #3 |  Radley Balko | 

    Not nearly to the extent it is now. They’ve added two entirely new sections of non-news content.

  4. #4 |  Lee | 

    I have to be honest. Right before checked my RSS feeds I visited the Foxnews website and clicked on one of those stories.

    The one about Billy Mays ;)

  5. #5 |  MassHole | 

    Ignorance keeps the masses in check and buying shit they don’t need.

  6. #6 |  seeker6079 | 

    A dog that licks its balls in public isn’t déclassé or suddenly vulgar. It’s just a being exactly what it is: a dog. Fox is just being what it is: a home for mouth-breathers who hate thinking as much as they love loopy right-wing authoritarian propaganda and deceit.

    To be frank you were always a poor fit there, Mr. Balko, and you’re better off not having your good work in with such brain-dead prats.

  7. #7 |  seeker6079 | 

    By the way, my profound, heartfelt and unreserved apologies to all dogs of any kind, be they pedigree or mangy, flea-bitten mutts. I do not in any way wish to say imply or infer that you are in any way as low a life form as Fox News.

  8. #8 |  Ben | 

    It’s not news, it’s FOX.

  9. #9 |  Windypundit | 

    Oh My God, Fred Travalena is dead!

  10. #10 |  Mattocracy | 

    Unfortunately, real news is what our Supreme Court is doing to our civil liberties. Real news is how we have strayed so far from being the land of the free. Real journalism is about holding politicians accountable instead playing favorites. But people don’t give a shit about that. Our fellow citizens only care about gossip and don’t care who get’s fucked over by their indifference. That’s the market that Fox and CNN cater to.

  11. #11 |  dave smith | 

    Fox news is awful, for sure.

    But anyone who singles them out as being more awful than others needs to remember Keith Olbermann.

  12. #12 |  Matt I. | 

    You know what I hate most of all? Yahoo! News. Always, some bull*hit meaningless drivel front page story designed to lure you in. Hypothetical example:

    This teen has amazing secret!

    -What Is It? /link

    No wonder no one cares about police abuse. I gotta find out what this teens secret is!

  13. #13 |  Chris Berez | 

    Foot fetish? Really? That’s the best they can do?

    Honestly, anyone “not brave enough to unlock the mysteries of the foot fetish” should probably stay as far away from the internet as they can. Nobody tell FOX’s “sexpert” about furries. She might have a heart attack.

    Now if you all will excuse me, I need to learn more about Lindsay Lohan’s bikini party. It’s… uh… for science.

  14. #14 |  Comrade Dread | 

    Well, come on. It was either critical political commentary or Page 3 girls. You do the math.

    Now, we just need to start a competing news site with critical political commentary expressed by Page 3 girls.

  15. #15 |  Erico | 

    What’s she got on under that guitar?

  16. #16 |  David | 

    A ukelele?

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    This is really sad when a news site decides…HOLY COW LINDSEY HAD A BIKINI PARTY!

  18. #18 |  Tsu Dho Nihm | 

    I bet it’s all O’Reilly’s doing. He’s used to being on celebrity fluff shows like Inside Edition and he probably feels uncomfortable peddling his schtick on a news channel with such a serious and unbiased reputation like Fox.

  19. #19 |  Tim C | 

    My favorite part of Fox News is when they have something like “the ten worst 80s haircuts” or something as a slideshow, and make stupid non-jokes about them. Yes, I’ve clicked on a couple of these out of morbid curiosity. Of all the lowest crap, at least Flock Of Seagulls had a hit, you morons.

  20. #20 |  sqlcowboy | 

    That’s capitalism for ya. Sorry your column got bumped, but apparently it’s not what people want to read.

  21. #21 |  thorn | 

    Fox finally noticed that dlisted and Perez were getting more daily hits than their own site… apparently they believe they can compete in that genre?

  22. #22 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #20 sqlcowboy

    That’s capitalism for ya. Sorry your column got bumped, but apparently it’s not what people want to read.

    I have to agree with that. Hell, I have to force myself to come here and then, after reading some of the stuff on here, I’m usually pissed off for the rest of the day. If I weren’t such an angry bitter friendless recluse, I wouldn’t find any joy here at all.

    I like the dog pictures, though.

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Dave, try reading the Boston Globe some day. Wowzer! What a pain! I’m now convinced that everyone in America wants a war on the “rich” (still defined as anyone making more money than you). Evidently, there should never be any reward for making money…only the joy of giving it away or paying to blow terrorists up.

    BTW, Radley, nice Facebook photo. Get yer smile on! Facebook: where people search for photos of every person they’ve ever hooked up with.

  24. #24 |  CHRISC | 

    I blame gay marriage. And I’ll bet Bill O’Reilly agrees!

  25. #25 |  Judi | 

    Nobody seems to give a flying F**K about important issues anyway Radley. Hell, everyone is worried about Octo-mom, Jon and Kate’s impending divorce or if Brad and Jen had a secret rendevouz. I could give a rat’s ass personally.

    Just got off the phone with a Mississippi congressman’s office in Washington, D.C. who passed the buck to Gov. Barbour’s office in Mississippi. Called his office who passed the buck to the AG’s office who has their thumb up their asses who passes it off to anyone they can. The FBI passes it to Jim Hood too.

    Barbour’s guy on the phone tells me the Barbour already knows all about Hayne and West and that he isn’t going to do a damned thing because he has no power over that or the resources to investigate it.

    WTF?

    So I guess we are going to have to let innocent people DIE because they are a bunch of morons.

    If those pompoused assed panty waists can’t do their job, slide over and let ME do it for you!

    I give the F**K up!

    Sonofabitch, damn…and any other 4-10 letter word!

    No I take that back…I ain’t giving up or in. Now this crazy Tarheel is really pissed.

    Pass the Tylenol please!

  26. #26 |  Roy | 

    “…home for mouth-breathers who hate thinking as much as they love loopy right-wing authoritarian propaganda and deceit. ”

    As opposed to the home for mouth-breathers who hate thinking as much as they love the loopy *left-wing* authoritarian propaganda and deceit that you find on all of the other networks and their websites.

    Just so you understand, I don’t watch Fox News. And I don’t surf their website either. And I most certainly don’t watch or surf any of the others either. As far as I’m concerned it’s *all* loopy propaganda. But as loopy as Fox can be, it at least offers a little bit of a counterpoint to the overwhelming majority of the media which is unabashedly left wing.

    But really, when you get right down to it. Spiro Agnew had it right. They are all “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

  27. #27 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    Well admit it…the whole “Foot Fetish” section is waaaaay more important Radley.

    I always knew that Fox News had a stink to it anyway…..this is right up their alley.

  28. #28 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #3 Radley Balko

    Not nearly to the extent it is now. They’ve added two entirely new sections of non-news content.

    I actually used to have my browser home page set to foxnews specifically because of the opinion section. Besides you I also liked Wendy McElroy and Steven Milloy and they were easy to get to from the front page. When they changed the format I email and complained, but that was about as pointless as writing my senator.

    Anyway, I eventually changed my homepage to CNN and, when they started following on Fox’s footsteps, I finally switched to nytimes.com which I think is a real step up in website design and front page content. Like moving from a comic book to an encyclopedia.

  29. #29 |  Gonzo | 

    @#28 Dave Krueger

    I take exception to your slander of comic books.

  30. #30 |  CincyMatt | 

    Beat me to it Windypundit… lol.

  31. #31 |  Fascist Nation | 

    Well at least you weren’t fired for a reason. You were fired because FOX no longer has visitors who can read.

  32. #32 |  the friendly grizzly | 

    Fox has gone from a reasonably decent news service to titty-bounce, featurettes, and Entertainment Tonight disguised as hard news.

    It is, after all, a Murdoch property.

  33. #33 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #32 | the friendly grizzly | July 1st, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Fox has gone from a reasonably decent news service to titty-bounce, featurettes, and Entertainment Tonight disguised as hard news.

    I don’t see how you can group titty-bounce in with the negatives.

  34. #34 |  John David Galt | 

    I hate to say it, but Fox News is going to hell in a handbasket because its programming decisions are being made by idiots. How else explain the fact that they killed the uproariously funny “Half Hour News Hour” while keeping the tedious “Red Eye”?

  35. #35 |  bud | 

    They’re just following ol’ HL’s advice:
    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

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