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Is there anything that no people say?

Asked by ETpro (34145 points ) August 20th, 2012

In their never-ending quest to lower the standards of journalistic integrity, Fox “News” seems to rely heavily on the “fact” that “some people say…” this, that or the other as a way to inject their own political propaganda into what passes for news. They do this without ever referring to who these “some people” are. Here’s a compilation! of Fox paid commentators and “experts” as well as anchors resorting to the artifice.

It kind of begs the question, is there anything that no people say. Does finding one small group of nutcases who say the world is flat mean we actually should go back to debating whether it is flat? Aren’t news people supposed to exercise at least some judgement and research to find out whether or not a rumor is true before giving it national “news” exposure? Shouldn’t this be particularly necessary if the rumor comes from a source that has, in the past, proved to be wildly inaccurate? Or is absolutely anything that more than one person claims really news nowadays?

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Mamradpivo's avatar

“Hitler was right.”

“Water is absolutely never wet.”

jca's avatar

“That’s a great looking fanny-pack,” said nobody, ever.

“Those are really sexy Crocs,” said nobody, ever.

DigitalBlue's avatar

@Mamradpivo I completely disagree that no one thinks Hitler was right. A scary number of people believe that Hitler was right.

I take most news lightly, I don’t know that it is possible to find unbiased news, anymore.

SpideySense's avatar

“That was great Tofu. May I have more.” ” Rumors that Jesus was in love with Judas and that they kissed several times in the Bible and were found in secluded areas talking does not imply that they were gay.”

bkcunningham's avatar

Some people say that commenting on little bits and pieces of comments without the entire context isn’t very smart. Other people say taking serious advise from someone who isn’t old enough to shave may not be very smart either. I’ve heard a couple of people say the site Outfoxed may be operating with an agenda. ~

SavoirFaire's avatar

“I have newfound respect for the Kardashians.”

KNOWITALL's avatar

As someone who works in the largest corporate media center in the world, corporate dictates what you hear, not journalists. If you don’t follow along, you’re out and a line of people are waiting to take your job.

We do not say the ‘N’ word in reference to black people, nor any other racial epithets.
We do not cuss.
We do not discuss politics or religion (unless it is a story that is deemed newsworthy)

elbanditoroso's avatar

“nanu nanu”. Only Orkans say that.

ucme's avatar

It’s like the mysterious they, as in….“you know what they say”

Brian1946's avatar

I’m asleep, so leave me alone!

YARNLADY's avatar

There’s an elephant in the room.

janedelila's avatar

“I am too good looking”. Never heard anybody say that.

ETpro's avatar

@Mamradpivo Sadly, we even have a several political 3rd Parties of people who do say “Hitler was right.” I haven’t personally run into any dry water people, but I bet there are some out there. I did hear of a scam artist arrested for selling people “Dehydrated water pills.” The instructions said to “Just add water.”

@jca Aw cummon. I’ve even said, “That’s a great looking fanny pack.” and I know Crocodile Dundee and his mates were on about how beautiful a croc was.

@DigitalBlue I should have read your response to @Mamradpivo first.

@SpideySense My wife loves tofu. On any given day, she could say that.

@bkcunningham And some people say that partisanship will cause some people to reject excerpts because they are out of context and also reject full transcripts because they are way too long to listen too. Each of those “Some people say” sound bytes was from a show that was either 30 minutes or an hour long. Would you really listen to 24 hours of tape just to verify that all that many “Some people say” quips indicates that Fox uses rumors and unsourced reports to push their agenda?

@SavoirFaire OK, I give up on that one.

@KNOWITALL Thanks for making the point. It’s sad.

@elbanditoroso Nanu the whale’s trainer said that, as did people who gathered around the exhibit.

@ucme Exactly. I know it is because “they” told me.

@Brian1946 My younger son can manage that without ever waking up. It’s mumbled, but you can decipher the meaning.

@YARNLADY Certainly in the Fox “News” room.

@janedelila I think you’ve got me there. I’ve heard people say things like, “I’m so beautiful.” but never “too beautiful.”

Kardamom's avatar

@SpideySense I actually use the tofu line fairly often. I am a vegetarian and I love food!

Here’s a few things I don’t think anyone would ever say:

-Hey fellows, your butts look fantastic in those skinny jeans with the drop crotches.

-Okra is the new chocolate.

-These 5 inch stilleto Jimmy Choos are the most comfortable workout shoes I’ve ever worn. They’re super efficient for cross-training or water aerobics.

-Ecru is the new black.

-All pre-teen girls should be required to wear Daisy Duke shorts and crop tops to elementary school. In fact it should be considered to be their uniform.

-Mushroom flavored frozen yogurt is the next big thing.

-Cosmetic amputation is the next big thing.

-To make sure that our boys are kept out of danger, each Boy Scout troupe will be assigned a priest to accompany them on over night campouts. To make sure that the gays don’t get to them.

-Anybody, especially any judge on Chopped or Iron Chef uttering the phrase, That anchovy pumpkin cake with the caramelized sheeps intestine, was the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

-Instead of giving so many children Ritalin, we should try the natural approach instead and give them marijuana. That should calm them down and make them quite happy. It would also cut down on the phenomenon of children being picky eaters too. It’s a win-win situation.

-I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there, [drop some food down] … Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out.

^^ Oh wait a minute Somebody actually did say that : (

janedelila's avatar

@Kardamom literally rolling on the floor laughing! Literally!!

ETpro's avatar

@Kardamom Ohh—cosmetic amputation. What a novel idea!

When you can’t be with the one you love, love the priest you’re with.

@janedelila Actually, me too. :-)

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

It’s a way of setting up the straw-man fallacy. It’s the first thing I noticed in Hillary’s speeches as Senator a few years ago. But, as our schools no longer teach logic in the compulsory years, it will fly with our increasingly ignorant fellow citizens—no matter how blatant the introduction. A person trained in the fallacies of argument knows to automatically disregard anything that follows this as anything but unsubstantiated personal opinion which is worthless as news content or argument.

ETpro's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus Sad but true. This must be reversed if America is to remain a great nation.

talljasperman's avatar

This tofu burger is awesome.

ETpro's avatar

@talljasperman Sorry. It must be a low point for your life, but your hatred of tofu is not shared by all of humanity. It’s perfectly OK to go on hating it yourself, and even kibitzing on a tofu recovery network, but there actually are a sizable group of people that like the stuff. They wouldn’t have that large a display of it in the supermarket if that were not the case. :-)

Kardamom's avatar

^^ @ETpro That would be me, of course : ) I actually got some tofu being pressed in the fridge as we speak. Going to marinate it with some garlic and some Korean Gochujang, which is a very spicy fermented red pepper paste. Yum!

talljasperman's avatar

Purple frogs taste like green fudge… I’m sure no one has said that before.

ETpro's avatar

@talljasperman If they have, Google missed it. :-)

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