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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:31 PM
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Poll question: Have you Blocked FOX NEWS on your television?
Edited on Sat Apr-17-10 04:34 PM by AnArmyVeteran
I have a satellite company and I'm being fed 200 channels. I used my DVR's filter to block Fox News from even being seen. I don't even want to scan through the programming guide and see the names Beck, Hannity, OReilly or Fox anywhere on my television. And I don't want to accidently tune into one of their programs because it would add to their viewership numbers and therefore enable them to make more money.

Has anyone else blocked Fox News?

Side story: Any time I go to a restaurant or store and Fox News is on I ask them politely to change the channel. Or I leave a note on the receipt saying I will never return to their store/restaurant if they continue to leave their televisions on Fox. I've been doing this for at least five years. The last time I went to a store where Fox was on I complained and the next day their televisions were on a sports channel instead. I think it's a good idea for all of us to protest and to stop Fox from polluting the public discourse with their distorted and dishonest programming.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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demtenjeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:32 PM
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1. no, I have sense to use the remote. Additionally
I occasionally like to watch the dumbasses in action. Kind of a train wreck mentality I guess
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:16 PM
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30. -1 I find your "I have sense to use the remote." statement to be total BULLSHIT and INSULTING
What makes it bullshit? Well People who think they are superior to others often make statement such as this to make themselves feel better about themselves.

Blocking Faux is more of a statement than anything else.

What makes it insulting is that while telling others who block it they are idiots because they can't use the remote you admit to occasionally watching their bullshit. From my perspective someone who would watch their bullshit shouldn't tell anyone whether they have sense or not.

I personally think that everyone who uses that, "I have sense to or not to" really lacks the sense to know they look like idiots when suing the statement.
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:26 PM
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35. -1 I find your characterization of the previous poster's ability to
use a remote and watch differing opinions without losing his grip on reality as "bullshit"... and "insulting" as a totally overblown reaction to an innocuous statement of fact. Whereas flying off the handle and cursing and calling people "idiots" for stating opinions is obviously more judgemental than the statement you're judging.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:32 PM
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38. Confirming I know how to use my remote too.
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:29 PM
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45. So those who don't block Fox on their own TV make the statement
Edited on Sat Apr-17-10 06:59 PM by hughee99
that they didn't block it because this makes them feel better about themselves... and people who do block it make that statement because it makes them feel better about themselves. What's the difference? From my perspective, someone who has to block a channel on their own TV to avoid watching, and then brags about doing it, probably shouldn't be telling someone else whether they have sense or not. Personally, I find the whole "I'm going stop doing something I don't like to do anyway, in protest" a little silly to begin with.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:31 PM
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63. We're all sorry you feel that way.
Edited on Sat Apr-17-10 10:32 PM by TankLV
That's a non-apology by the way...
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:03 PM
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77. I find the compulsive need to block certain channels to be silly and immature.
:shrug:
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 08:13 PM
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53. +1 for the correct response
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:34 PM
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2. I don't need to do that...I just never watch it...
Why would I go to all that bother if I just don't watch it, ever?
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:35 PM
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4. It's not a bother. It takes less than 15 seconds...
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:38 PM
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7. I do the same..never watch..the only stuff if see from faux news is
stuff they show on Rachael and Keith..
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:58 PM
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21. Yeah, it's not like they have guests I really enjoy hearing from!
Which is why I put up with Morning Joe...well, not really, I go to their website to find out who's gonna be on the next morning and tune in just to watch the ones I want to hear from e.g. Lawrence O'Donnell, Howard Dean, Elizabeth Warren, and some Dems in Congress...when they bring on the assholes, it gets switched OFF.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:34 PM
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3. no. i don't watch it.
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Not Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:35 PM
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5. I haven't, but...
I do have it blocked on my internet router.
When I got the wireless router, I was setting it up, and one of the options was to block various domain(s). Just to test it, I punched in foxnews.com. Tested it, and it did indeed block it. I left it there, and one day was following some links on another website and clicked on a link that was served up on Foxnews, and was reminded that it was still blocked.

And is still to this day.
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:37 PM
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6. I don't even know what channel it is.
I prefer BBC America for news. I'd watch CNN International if I could get it.
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left is right Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:39 PM
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8. i havent actually blocked them
I just have not included it, CNN or CNBC in my favorites list so I bypass them as I channel surf. I could watch any of them at any time, if I desired and if i could remember their channel numbers
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:43 PM
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9. Other: I don't have cable anymore.
When I had cable, I didn't bother to block any channels. I just skipped over them.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:43 PM
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10. No, but then I don't get Fox News. If I did it would be easy enough to avoid it. n/t
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:44 PM
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11. You are really carrying this a bit too far IMHO. eom
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:23 PM
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72. Not at all. Any signal we can send in resistance of this propaganda
is a good idea.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:44 PM
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12. we chucked cable years ago and never looked back!
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:46 PM
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13. I have this cool feature called self-control
it knows what I don't want to watch and automatically blocks it.
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:52 PM
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14. No, but I treat it just like an infected website.
I never go there.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:53 PM
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15. Not personally - but the digital conversion took care of that for me
. . . as well as blocking ABC, NBC, CBS - pretty much everything except ION, the local PBS stations, and the multiple versions of "All Jesus All the Time."
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:54 PM
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16. Other: We don't bother with cable/satellite television at all.
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craigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:54 PM
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17. wow I thought I was the only person who did that. I guess great minds think alike.
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:02 PM
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25. Congrats... I did it as a sign of protest... and to not add to their ratings numbers
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:55 PM
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18. Yep. Password blocked it out because my father, Democrat though he is, insists on watching it.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:20 PM
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33. My father, a Democrat also insists on watching it. CNN Sucks and
MSNBC needs help with daytime so I can see why he may want to watch it but I'd still refuse to watch it.

I don't get why Democrats watch that shit.
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 07:06 PM
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50. I don't think the prison channel (MSNBC )is interested
in higher ratings.
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:56 PM
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19. I have self control...so no
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Rage Inc. Donating Member (429 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:56 PM
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20. Of course not!
I'm no Goose-stepper! And I'm perfectly capable of sorting nonsense from news, thank you very much!
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 04:59 PM
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22. No, I haven't blocked it,
but I never go there.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:01 PM
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23. No. We don't have teevee any more, and if whatever is on in stores
is something I don't want to see, I don't watch it.

I am not a censor for the general public.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:02 PM
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24. Absolutely!! One of the best things about DISH TV, in addition to FSTV, is the
ability to pick and choose which channels I can even scan thru while looking for something to watch.
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:04 PM
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26. I have a Dish satelite system
It allows me to build my own favorite list of stations I watch the most.
Faux is not on the my list!
I regretfully watch the local faux channel occasionally if there is a local issue of note.
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:33 PM
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39. I have Dish too because it has FSTV. I also use the favorite list to block religion, infomercials
and spanish channels. But I specifically blocked fox because of its content.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:07 PM
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27. I've blocked all cable news from my TV. Okay, really I'm just too cheap to buy cable.
But even before then, I couldn't stand watching any of it. It had become an entertainment routine, not journalism, and I didn't see the point. THey try to stir passions and avoid controversy to get more viewers, and all three of those are antithetical to journalism.

I started to watch CNN (I think) a year or so ago at a friend's house. The news guy lead off each story with some personal comment, like "You're not going to believe this," or "Wow, this will just make you mad," or "How could he be this stupid?" When they tell you your opinion before they show you the story, you can't trust anything they say. They've already revealed their bias.

So, I'm superior to you. :) I've stopped watching all news channels. Catch up or eat my dust. :)
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:07 PM
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28. No...but neither do I watch it so there's that - I see enough FOXnews trying to get on active AFB's
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WatchWhatISay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:08 PM
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29. Whats worse is that even though I never go there, more and more MSNBC is showing lots of clips from
FOX to show how ridiculous it is. OK, I get it already. Enough with the clips. I would rather not know what glen and bill and sean, etc are up to. If I wanted to know I would go there.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:17 PM
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31. Yes and blocked their website from my router as well.
Very little chance of stumbling across their "news" organization by accident.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:17 PM
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32. It comes into the house but I use TiVo to remove it from my line up.
If there is an emergency...like Aliens have removed my brain, I can get to it but other than that it's like I don't have it.
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SocialistLez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:21 PM
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34. No cable NT
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:30 PM
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36. I don't but it is never turned
to Fox News-ever.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:31 PM
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37. YES. I didn't want to take the chance that my son would accidentally watch that filth.
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Gman2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:40 PM
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40. WTH, I havent blocked the playboy channel either.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 05:53 PM
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41. No cable... hence, no FOX.....problem solved...
;)
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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:20 PM
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42. You're still paying FOX snooze even if you block it
That's why we stay with broadcast TV. If you subscribe to cable or satellite you are paying for a lot of stuff you will never use. Most I have no problem with but FOX is another story. Block it all you want they are laughing all the way to the bank.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:23 PM
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43. No
I don't have any channels blocked.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:24 PM
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44. Yes, we have FOX blocked off our "Favorites" menu, which is where we select channels to watch
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The Gunslinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:41 PM
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46. No, but it has never been on for 1 second,
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:43 PM
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47.  I oreon't have anyone on my DU "ignore" list, and I do not have any blocked channels
on my T.V.

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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:46 PM
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48. Didn't bother to block it, but I never watch ANY Fox channels except for
football games - I don't even watch the pre/post game shows on Fox. I haven't watched anything on Fox in my home for several years, don't know what most of their "personalities" look like except for here.

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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 06:48 PM
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49. I have many channels including FOX blocked from my tv.
When I scan down through the tv menu I don't want to have to scan hundreds of channels that I'd never watch. The menu is extremely long so blocking out the channels I'd never watch saves time when I scan the menu to see what is on.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 07:07 PM
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51. No, I just don't watch it.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 08:12 PM
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52. No. I haven't blocked anything on my tv.
The only time I've ever seen FOX news is in my dentist's office, who has a tv running news in every examination/torture room.

I don't watch ANY tv news. My remote works wonders.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 08:22 PM
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54. On day ONE!
:)
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srf Rantz Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 08:29 PM
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55. I called the cable company and cancelled
not long after I heard Bill O'Reilly tell Stone Phillips on Dateline he'd like to put a bullet in Al Franken's head.

I hadn't ever really watched Fox or knew much about them at that point. I think it was around 2002 or 2003.

I'm a weather nut and on my cable lineup I had to click past Fox to get to the Weather channel.

I caught a few more glimpses of BOR in that process and that was enough for me to never want to take the chance of having that evil shit enter my home ever again.

I called the cable company and cancelled the extended package which included Fox, not having ala carte options.

Sadly in addition to the Weather Channel I also lost the only other network I ever watched, Animal Planet.

Fox News + Clear Channel RW talk radio = The End of America

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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 08:33 PM
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56. Fox and CNN were blocked, right alongside the spam and fundie channels
Edited on Sat Apr-17-10 08:34 PM by depakid
And I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments re: not patronizing businesses that have Fox "news" or AM hate radio playing in the background.
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lefthandedlefty Donating Member (247 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 09:13 PM
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57. I blocked fox several years ago
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zinnisking Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 09:41 PM
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58. Don't watch TV much, but I have it blocked from my XM radio
It has been for years.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 09:59 PM
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59. I have no idea what channel fox is.
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iris27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:01 PM
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60. No need - no cable here. n/t
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:18 PM
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61. We can block channels?
I must be technically challenged or less advanced than my equipment. That said, I avoid Fox "News" like I avoid the religious channels and the home shopping channels.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:23 PM
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62. No, we don't.
Sometimes I like to watch the asshats' heads asplode when Hussein gets his socialism all up in their faces.

:rofl:
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marlakay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:45 PM
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64. Just me and husband in house
I don't block any channels nor do I have a DVR. But I do set my favorite channels with my remote and obviously it is NOT one of them!
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:52 PM
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65. It doens't add anything to their numbers unless you're a Neilson Family
No, I haven't blocked Fox...because I'm a grown up and realize that blocking the channel does nothing.
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 11:04 PM
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68. We haven't blocked it
But we really don't watch it. If Faux is on, especially at a doctor's office, I ask them to change it. You have people sitting in the waiting room, some with heart problems and they've got that shite on? One office, I actually told them nicely-now when I go in, they have something like animal planet on. One office I went to-an older man was at the desk and he purposely turned it on Glenn Beck--he wanted to watch it--I figure he was another knuckledragger, so I just left. I don't enjoy eating a meal or talking with friends out with that shite on in a business establishment. Even a sports channel would be better than having that on.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:56 PM
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66. Not only no, but as part of the small research project
I will have to actually WATCH some billo... and listen to some Rush... Jim and Jerr out of LA will have to go into the diet as well.

First i need to get pepto though
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-17-10 10:58 PM
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67. No. But I don't watch it either. n/t
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WitchyWoman57 Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 04:59 PM
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69. Why so afraid...
...of differing viewpoints? Seems very silly to me. I don't want to live in a echo chamber where everything I hear is something I already agree with.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:25 PM
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73. Welcome to DU, WitchyWoman.
I myself don't like "differing viewipoints" that try to be in hard news drag. It's not about fear but mostly, revulsion. :hi:
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WitchyWoman57 Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 06:58 PM
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74. Thanks, EFerrari,
...for the welcome. :)

I watch Fox News sometimes in the mornings. I like to know what people are thinking. And frankly, they were the only channel that gave Hilary a fair platform in '08. I saw her on Fox more than I did on any other news network. I also like to see "regular" people interviewed on Fox. I'm not one to villify conservatives or paint them as racists, homophobes, whatever. I see people whose life experience has put them in a different place than me. It's hard to hate "them" when you actually listen to them. I'll admit I've never watched Glen Beck, O'Reilly or Hannity, though. I already have hypertension, lol.
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AnArmyVeteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:01 PM
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75. I'm not afraid of differing viewpoints. Fox News is a chamber of dishonesty so I avoid it...
Why listen to obvious propaganda peppered with racism, fear mongering and blatant lies from radical conservative extremist hosts?

I pick my news sources like I pick friends. If they are dishonest, I cut them off. Fox News is NOT news.

BTW, I'm relatively new to DU too, welcome here...
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WitchyWoman57 Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:44 PM
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78. My in-laws
(both now deceased) were conservative Republicans. They were not racists. They were intelligent, kind, loving people. It's because of them that I keep an open mind and listen to all points of view. As I said, when I watch Fox it's in the mornings - not for the opinions of the hosts, but to see what stories they cover and to hear the interviews with "regular" people, which they do quite often. Good people can have differing opinions on the same topic. To dispute that is just ignorant. (Not calling you ignorant, AnArmyVeteran.) I also watch MSNBC. There's a good bit of fear mongering and blatant lies there, too.
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WitchyWoman57 Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:00 PM
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70. Sorry...
Edited on Sun Apr-18-10 05:00 PM by WitchyWoman57
...duplicate post!
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:20 PM
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71. "No," but then I don't have cable . . .
. . . just broadcast basic.
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MzShellG Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:01 PM
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76. No....
That would be sort of close minded. Sure I know they are racist wingnuts, but I believe in keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. I'd rather be in the know of what the other side is doing/planning.
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 08:16 PM
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79. I haven't blocked it and I STILL didn't get to see Rachel on Martha Stewart's show
Is Martha on Fox affiliates nationwide, or was I just unlucky? I set it up to record and I got an infomercial. :cry:

Anyway... I like what you do about writing a note on the receipt. It's nonconfrontational, which probably makes it even more effective, and it's customer feedback that they definitely need and presumably want to hear.
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