• Uncategorized 19.04.2014
    You know how liberals are always talking about how evil Fox is?  The evil-ness of Fox has basically taken a top spot in the liberal playbook – replaced only by the fact that everything is that horrible man Bush’s fault.

    Sally Kohn – a “radical progressive and former on-air talking head at Fox News (where she worked for two years before leaving and joining her current home, CNN) – wrote a piece about what she learned while working at FOX.  And it was really kind of eye-opening.  Well, mostly for a lot of her liberal friends who thought that everyone at FOX (as well as most conservatives) have horns sprouting from their heads.

    One of the excerpts from her piece:

    My time at Fox News was marked by meeting and working with some of the kindest, smartest, and most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in life. As I said in my TED talk, Sean Hannity is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet – and even now that I’ve parted ways with Fox, he remains a good friend and mentor.

    For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me to meet people such as Mr. Hannity, Karl Rove, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and so many others, and see that – though we certainly disagree profoundly on political issues – they’re personable and kind and human. Just like me.

    It’s strange to suggest that a seemingly simple realization such as that is in fact a profound revelation, but in our hyperpartisan era, when we often vilify the other side as being less-than-human, it is.

    Then she wrote about how we all want the same things:

    Most people just want a better life for themselves and their kids. And they’re worried about the things they see as barriers to that opportunity – whether it’s big banks gobbling up all the money and real estate titles or higher taxes or struggling public schools or the cost of food. In real communities in real places across the United States, I’ve found that liberals and conservatives share many of the same concerns and problems and simply gravitate toward two different sides in searching for solutions.

    I can get on board with that.  At the very core of all of us, we DO want the same things.  We obviously just have very different methods in achieving those outcomes.  But yeah – we’re all human.  Which brings us to her last two points…and those are “KINDNESS IS PERSUASIVE” and “EMOTIONAL CORRECTNESS.”

    She basically talks about the notion that my Mom used to tell me growing up – you get more flies with honey.  This is something that conservatives have practiced for a very, VERY long time….kindness.  Compassion.  Politeness.  Generosity.  Human decency, for crying out loud.  And we’ve done this to our demise, frankly (see Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign), so this is a double-edged sword for us.  I think most of us conservatives get the notion of kindness to a fault, even if all of us regular, everyday, hardworking shmucks out here are stereotyped as evil bankers and Koch-brother operatives.

    Additionally, Sally believes that “the key to persuading other folks to your side of the political spectrum and being “an effective communicator in general, in any aspect of life, is making authentic, compassionate emotional connections.”

    Something else I agree with her about 100%.  I prescribe to this notion in my life as well, so can’t argue here.

    We’ve disagreed a lot with Sally Kohn over the years, but I give props where props are due. Even though I may vehemently disagree with a handful of my liberal friends about political policy – I still havea small handful of liberal/Democrat friends who have stuck with me over the past five years and who I assume will continue to engage with me in civil (sometimes exhausting, but always spirited) discourse (and not call me a c*nt like all of those tolerant folks do via email every day).  They haven’t bolted on me yet, because they realize that politics is politics, and all of the stuff Sally said above?  It’s dead-on target.

    Hat tip to Kohn for saying out loud what, perhaps, others may not have had the guts to say.  I happen to think that’s pretty cool.

    http://chicksontheright.com/posts/item/25722-a-liberal-tells-all-about-her-experience-working-at-the-eeeeeeevil-fox-news-and-it-may-not-be-what-you-expected

    Posted by Dana West @ 8:31 am for Uncategorized |

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