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Self-induced Torture: Watching FOX

July 8, 2009

I don’t know why I do it, but I slowly torture myself by occasionally watching FOX. O’Reilly, Hannity, Glenn Beck, Fox & Friends – they are each as nutty as the other.

Last night I watched O’Reilly, Hannity, and Glenn Beck all complain about “the main-stream liberal media” and their hyper-coverage of Michael Jackson. At the top of his show, O’Reilly gave himself an out by stating that he means no disrespect to Michael Jackson’s family and friends for what he was about to say. He also said that he was only discussing Michael Jackson because the viewer demand gave him no other option (unlike the “main-stream media”, right?).

O’Reilly then went on a rant about why Michael Jackson doesn’t deserve the attention and respect he is receiving. He was a freak, a pedophile (though cleared of all charges), a self-indulgent egotist. Sure, he was an entertainer, and a good one until he bleached his face and went under the knife (but no disrespect to family and friends…).

Hannity and Beck did the same. What’s wrong with these people, and why is Michael Jackson such a threat to them? What are they saying to the millions of people around the world that have been inspired by Michael Jackson in a positive way?

BTW, I’m not a big MJ fan myself. But I do respect his creative accomplishments, and I do think he deserves a strong legacy of artistic influence.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the O’Reilly’s of the world live an artless existence. They fail to recognize the power that art has in communicating a language that is deeply human. Was Michael Jackson flawed? Certainly. We all are. Art, like religion, trancends it all.

O’Reilly, Hannity and Beck might as well strike down a long list of icons; classical music composers, writers, musicians, painters, dancers, athletes and beyond, because of their sorted pasts. They have been racists, drug addicts, criminals, insane, gay (horror of horrors!), the full gambit. But their art moves us. It lives on. It speaks to our core humanity.

We could all learn a thing or two from the Amish in Pennsylvania, who in 2006 attended the funeral of a truck driver who killed five of their children in cold blood. Many of us could never do that, but their ability to forgive and respect the man’s flawed humanity was powerful.

So, you nay-Sayers at FOX, wallow in your contempt for the arts and for humanity. Concentrate on people’s flaws. Enjoy your cancerous vitriol. That will be your legacy.

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  1. July 9, 2009 11:56 am

    Wow well said!! I saw this show too and was disgusted by it. Glad I wasn’t the only one – and btw, I am not a big Jackson fan either…

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