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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:04 PM
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Man Sells Device That Blocks Fox News
Updated: 08:23 PM EST
Man Sells Device That Blocks Fox News
By EMILY FREDRIX, AP

(March 25) -- It's not that Sam Kimery objects to the views expressed on Fox News. The creator of the "Fox Blocker" contends the channel is not news at all. Kimery figures he's sold about 100 of the little silver bits of metal that screw into the back of most televisions, allowing people to filter Fox News from their sets, since its August debut.

The Tulsa, Okla., resident also has received thousands of e-mails, both angry and complimentary - as well as a few death threats.

"Apparently the making of terroristic threats against those who don't share your views is a high art form among a certain core audience," said Kimery, 45.

Formerly a registered Republican, even a precinct captain, Kimery became an independent in the 1990s when he said the state party stopped taking input from its everyday members.

Kimery now contends Fox News' top-level management dictates a conservative journalistic bias, that inaccuracies are never retracted, and what winds up on the air is more opinion than news. "I might as well be reading tabloids out of the grocery store," he says. "Anything to get a rise out of the viewer and to reinforce certain retrograde notions."

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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:11 PM
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1. Sweet idea!
But now he needs to discreetly have them installed in the homes of everybody who voted for Bunnypants. It's a fair guess that anyone who would buy one already knows hot to change a channel.
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:11 PM
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2. A good Christmas present to all my Republican relatives!
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boneygrey Donating Member (651 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:18 PM
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3. What a waste of money
I just don't tune in to that damned channel. Simple and cheap.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:28 PM
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6. Exactly, I paid nothing for any Fox block
but Fox has not been watched in my house in at least 3 years.
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liveoaktx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 06:53 AM
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14. Or, if you have Dish Satellite, "lock" the channel out for free
it's already an option for the channel selection... so that it doesn't even show up if you don't want it.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:25 PM
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4. The author called me about it. I had purchased one for an XMAS gift.
Unfortunately, the woman I gave it to didn't feel comfortable talking to Ms. Fredrix, because she didn't want her name used.

My friend has in-laws that come to visit and the keep Fox News on all day in the great room (family room and kitchen) and my friend HATES Fox News. No matter how often she's told them to please turn it off, they turn it on anyway. So this way, she could "disable" either the entire house or just the ocnnection in that room. Her choice.

She said her huband laughed and laughed about it (they're his brothers and sisters) until he could hardly breathe.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:27 PM
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5. So it sounds like it could come in handy not to mention you can
protect your children from seeing FOX.
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:32 PM
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7. Kind of a dumb product, but . . .
Then so was the Pet Rock and that sold, I dunno, 10 million copies?

As a gag gift, it's pretty cool. Especially when given to people who either will really like it or really hate it.

It could also be a conversation-starter with fundie visitors: "Oh, yes, I have parental control on our TV. I don't allow Fox News or other pornography in my home."
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:45 PM
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8. What someone needs to come up with is a way to scramble FOX
so your next door neighbor can't watch it.
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 04:13 AM
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9. Hope that was said in fun . . .
'Cause otherwise, we're no better than the fascist creepazoids who've taken over the country, exercising private-sector censorship of views we disagree with.

Makes me uncomfortable. Fox is vile pap, but we need a better way to combat its influence.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 05:53 AM
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10. Faux is already scrambled - it doesn't make any sense.
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ltfranklin Donating Member (852 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 06:10 AM
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11. On all-digitial systems, maybe
On most analog systems, Basic cable channels are on the old CATV channels and are not scrambled...this is so people can hook up their old TV (as long as they have cable-ready tuners) and pick up all the basic channels. Only on all-digital systems would you find the basic cable channels scrambled, and probably not even there.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 06:26 AM
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13. you missed my point
welcome.

:hi:
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-05 06:13 AM
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12. A few death theats?
God bless this man.

Stop the lies!
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