Down the Tube“Let’s call it the Fox News effect. Take sweet, kindly senior citizens and feed them a steady stream of demagoguery and repetition, all wrapped in the laughable slogan of ‘fair and balanced.’ . . . To some people the idea of retirees yelling at the television all day may seem funny, but this isn’t a joke. We’re losing the nation’s grandparents, and it’s an American tragedy.”
—Edwin Lyngar, columnist, “I lost my dad to FoxNews: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria,” Salon.com, February 2014
• Editorial Comment: Gramps and the Thrashing Hysteria would make a good name for a band.
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