Sunday, February 7, 2010
On Fox News, Palin, and my 2010 vote
I'm thrilled that after so many years of watching video clips of the BBC World Service on the web, I finally have the 24 hour news channel in my own house. My cable subscriber here in Hong Kong allows channels to be subscribed to a la Carte, so for a couple US dollars a month, I can choose to get the BBC and not be forced to get, say, MTV.
Yesterday I was on a SKYPE call with some friends in the States and one of the guys asked if I got FOX News. I said that I could but joked, "that it would cost me a couple bucks a month...and it wasn't worth it."
That led to an awkward pause on the other end...which led to a discussion on FOX, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck etc. etc. Of course I tried to keep it light, "Sure I watch FOX news occasionally for entertainment value, but wouldn't watch it to get, say, my news.
My friend mentioned that perhaps it was good that I was in Hong Kong as then I might not vote. I was startled. I asked did he think I wouldn't vote Republican. He replied that he wasn't sure.
I am continually amazed that those figures that are the biggest embarrassment to the Republican party (Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin for example) become a litmus test on whether someone actually IS Republican.
Next thing they're going to say is because I'm a big Alec Baldwin fan...well somehow THAT means something :)