Friday, August 10, 2018

No, I'm not afraid of Fox, but Ingraham blunders; personal friend journalist goes to Fox; "The Young People Keep Winning"

I have to admit that a lot of Fox News really sounds all right to me – when they talk about conservative to libertarian fundamentals, how markets prevent monopoly and give choices to the less favored, and the like.

But I’ve noticed the debate over Laura Ingraham and her suggestion that a way of life has been lost – that technological changes and immigration have changes some things too fast for many people. Many liberals felt that this was a code word for color.  True, technology and foreign competition have made a lot of jobs obsolete. But immigration and differential birth rates have made the country less white, maybe.  So CNN sees it, as in this video. Ingraham, remember, got the worst of a scuffle with David Hogg, who (whether one agrees with him completely or not) cannot be outsmarted or intimidated. Indeed "The Young People Will Win."
In my own experience, mainly in I.T. in cities like DC, New York, Dallas, and Minneapolis:  the salaried workforce has pretty much followed the proportions of the population.  No one has made much of it.  By the early 1990s, workplace conduct codes generally would punish aggressively or obviously racially-oriented remarks.  As for religion – we had lead technical analysts from India and Pakistan and no one thought anything of it, not even after 9/11. The sexual harassment scandals at the top are a shock to me – because they didn’t happen in my environments.  The polarization is quite a shock to me.

My friend, Trey Yingst, is moving from OANN as a White House correspondent is moving to Fox as a correspondent based in Jerusalem, announcement here.  No, I don’t have a phobia of Fox.  Again, most of what I hear on it is more standard conservative-to-libertarian material.  Trey, recall, had helped start News2Share at American University.  He was known for asking very challenging questions in White House press conferences, especially on overseas issues (including Syria).  The tone of the questions seemed to challenge over-confidence and urge caution, and personal compassion.

Who are the main conservative figures today who understand compassion?  John McCain and Larry Hogan, for one, because of personal medical challenges.  Perhaps John Kasich.  Maybe Jeff Flake.   
On the other hand, I’m shocked to see Nunes (intelligence) urging the dispensation of checks and balances to protect the president.

With the president we still find a shockingly naïve idea of leadership, loyalty, even authority.  

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