Friday Fictioneers — When I Die

D991EB91-E752-4FE3-B92A-E61DDCF17F04 All that remains of you is a crate filled with faded photographs. Mostly black and white snapshots of you, dad, and us kids. I’m going to sort through them and put them all in an album.

Looking at all of those pictures of you and us, though, got me thinking. I’ve taken thousands of pictures, but they’re all digital, all stored on a hard drive on my password-protected laptop. When I die, what will become of them? Will anyone ever see them, sort through them, and put them in an album? Or will they cease to exist, just like me?

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — October 11

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 11th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on October 11, 2010 in my old blog. As you read this, bear in mind that this post was written nine years ago. Some things never change, do they?

Anything But Fair and Balanced

AF5F6907-8FE0-451F-8525-087EE879FBDFFor those cable news viewers who cannot see the obvious or who are in denial of the facts, the cat is apparently out of the bag. As an article in a recent issue of The Week magazine noted, Fox News is “out of the closet.”

The Fox News channel (or as many liberals, myself included, call it, “Faux News”) is run by longtime Republican political adviser and media consultant Roger Ailes. Fox News is part of Rupert Murdock’s media conglomerate, News Corporation, and there is no question that Murdock has a conservative agenda and has no qualms when it comes to leveraging his ever widening media clout to advance his political views.

Perhaps to achieve that end, Murdock’s News Corporation has made several large contributions to Republican lobbies and causes. He donated $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business lobbying group that is aggressively working to defeat Democratic candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections. Separately, Murdock donated another million dollars to the Republican Governors Association.

Murdock, though his Fox News channel, seems to have crossed the line from conservative advocacy programming to overt political lobbying. Zachary Roth, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, opined that Fox News has “dropped the pretense” of being a news outlet and has evolved to being a propaganda and fundraising arm of the Republican Party.

A whole new level of blatancy

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman said that Fox News has gone from merely supporting Republican candidates to anointing them. He wrote, “Every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News.” While it’s not unheard of for media moguls to promote the careers and campaigns of politicians they believe will serve their interests, Krugman suggests that “directly cutting checks to political favorites takes it to a whole new level of blatancy.”

Fox News has, from its beginnings, promoted itself as the “fair and balanced” cable news network, pitting itself against what it claimed to be the liberally biased media establishment. Somehow, Fox News has vaulted to the top of the cable news food chain, leaving the original cable news network, CNN, and the clearly liberal foil to Fox News, MSNBC, pretty much eating the Fox News channel’s dust.

So is Fox News really what it has always claimed to be: fair and balanced? The real question is this: has Fox News ever been fair and balanced?

All you need to do is to look at Fox News’ lineup of “personalities,” including conservative pundits Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity, along with “key” (and highly compensated) contributors that include Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich, all of whom are 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls, to recognize that Fox News is anything but what it has claimed to be.

What a shocker!

FOWC with Fandango — Bugaboo

FOWCWelcome to October 11, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “bugaboo.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.