Re “Fox News only channel reporting real news” (Letters, Feb. 24): As a retired military man and a college professor for some 18 years, I have spent a great deal of time trying to inculcate in people the importance of critical thinking rather than the unquestioning acceptance of popular assertions. The letter put me in mind of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song, which said:
“You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
before you are six or seven or eight,
to hate all the folks that your relatives hate.
You’ve got to be carefully taught.”
To believe that Fox News is “independent” and is “reporting all the news” and is “not in the pocket of any political party” is so mind-boggling that it makes one question just which planet we are on. Might I suggest that those figures he so glibly quotes are right out of the Republican playbook and carefully omit the fact that President Bill Clinton left us with a budget surplus. It was those who started a completely fabricated war over nonexistent weapons of mass destruction that gave us the deficit. President Obama has been reducing it.
Check your facts with “reliable” sources rather than party hacks. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s called critical thinking – which, unfortunately, never is at home in the studios of Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, the living oxymoron.
Garth Wright, Merced