Every morning I log onto the worldwide web, not because I'm
a computer geek, but because I want to understand what's going on in
the world. I've
long since turned my back on the print media for accurate and timely
reporting, and it's getting to the point where I can't even bring
myself to watch a televised news broadcasts anymore, simply because tv
networks can't seem to report on much of anything these days without
intelligence with some sort of politically correct blather.
I also tune into various talk radio programs throughout the day,
because the conservative hosts which dominate the AM dial usually
manage to unearth interesting news articles that I just can't find
anywhere else, and they are the best in the business at researching the
facts behind the stories they cover, affording me a better perspective
on the news than I would otherwise have.
Yet, while the internet is a tremendous vehicle for gathering raw
information, and AM radio hosts often exhibit a dogged determination to
be accurate in their reporting, when they're not smacking me upside the
head with their opinions, what I really long for is a responsible news
agency that combines
the informational aspects of the net with the intellectual honesty and
fearlessness of conservative
radio, while also affording me enlightening video footage of current
But does such an entity exist? Any honest examination of the various tv
networks in this country will reveal that it does not, which is why I
am calling for the creation of a truly Conservative television news
network. Oh sure, I know that the "mainstream" media likes to point to
Fox News as a haven for right-wing extremist talking points, but to its
puppeteers any journalistic entity that doesn't spend most of its time
advancing the left's agenda is both right-wing and extreme.
While Fox is indeed considerably less prone to infusing its news
coverage with the sort of left-wing propagandist rhetoric that its
television counterparts use to distort the important events of the day,
it is still far from conservative in nature. Calling the Fox News
Network right-wing simply because it's not as overtly liberal as CBS or
MSNBC, is sort of like suggesting that a Golden Retriever is actually a
house cat because it's not as vicious and obtuse as most
Rottweilers or Chows.
Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but every time I attempt to watch the news
on tv, regardless of what channel it's tuned to, I get the distinct
impression that someone's trying to distort my perception of the world.
Then again, as a wise man once told me, it ain't paranoia if they
really are out to get you, and being as I'm not prone to embracing
unjustified conspiracy theories, I'm left to conclude that today's
television news establishment is as riddled with the same incompetence
and venality that it always was.
I need a television news network that'll avoid using politically
correct terms like "undocumented workers" when the subject is illegal
aliens, "Islamic militants" when it's reporting on the barbaric acts of
Muslim terrorists, and "domestic spying" when the topic of the NSA's
signals intelligence program is raised.
I need a television news network that doesn't omit pertinent facts from
because the people in charge are worried that the truth may alienate or
offend me in some way.
I need a television news networks that will hire reporters who will
stick to "just
the facts", and not waste my time with endless speculation as to why
something has happened, and what may happen next as a result of it.
I need a television news network that will exhibit a righteous
disrespect for the
"mainstream" news media, and devote an appropriate amount of its
broadcasting time to the repudiation of false claims made by other news
I need a television news network that doesn't slip misleading
like "after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks... Muslims were often targeted
for violence" (1) into its war-related news coverage, for no apparent
reason other than to insinuate
that Americans are prone to the same sort of religious-based,
reactionary violence that the citizens of many Middle Eastern countries
I need a television news network that doesn't try to make me feel
guilty for being an American.
I need a television news network that won't shy away from using words
like evil, anti-American, and treasonous to describe certain people,
those adjectives are clearly called for.
I need a television news network that doesn't lend the same weight to
anti-war activists that it does to those of American military
commanders in the field.
I need a television news network that will ignore the antics of
like Cindy Sheehan, and instead tell me who in our government decided
not to throw Sandy Berger in jail for admittedly stealing top secret
documents from our National Archives.
I need a television news network that doesn't simply admit its past
announces them at the start of every applicable broadcast, assigning
them the same level of importance as any top news story.
I need a television news network that'll remind us again and again that New
Mayor Ray Nagin is a despicable racist, and that George W. Bush isn't.
I need a television news network that puts the best interests of
when it comes to international affairs reporting, and doesn't behave as
if the unwritten rules of respectable journalism prohibit it from being
I need a television news network that will report the positive aspects
of the war
MORE than it reports the negative aspects, since there are more
positive than negative events occurring on a regular basis.
I need a television news network that won't mistake political poll
I need a television news network that spends the majority of its time
investigating news stories, instead of worrying about things like
Nielsen ratings, public perception, or political backlash.
I need a television news network that won't spend three hours
me what it interprets to be the subtle nuances of the forty-five minute
political speech I just
watched, as if I'm too stupid to understand what the words "the Social
Security system... on its current path, is headed toward bankruptcy"
(2) really mean.
I need a television news network that's willing to hire some ugly
people to report the
news, primarily because too many pretty reporters these days couldn't
find sand in Southern California.
I need a television news network that doesn't give a damn what other
are reporting at any given time.
I need a television news network that exhibits a basic understanding of
why capitalism is the best economic system thus far devised by mankind,
and refuses to promote the notion that socialism and massive government
control over private business is in any way a credible alternative to
the supply-and-demand-based theory upon which the most resilient
economic power on earth has been built.
I need a television news network that is willing to spotlight, at least
once a day, an act of heroism by an American citizen somewhere in the
world, be that act war-related or not, because America's young people,
now more than ever, need champions to look up to who aren't just sports
I need a television news network that will never, EVER make excuses for
the likes of Dan Rather, regardless of how many years the arrogant
prick has held sway over a nightly news broadcast.
I need a television news network that's more competent and truthful
than it is "fair and balanced", (3) and anyone who can't appreciate
that deserves to be misinformed. If fairness is what you're after, I
suggest you go play checkers with your grandmother, and when you feel
the need for balance in your life, try ordering a salad with your
By Edward L. Daley
Owner of the Daley Times-Post