"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."
-Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fox News Goes Overboard Once Again

Fox News, the over the top conservative channel designed to convince all listeners that Obama is the anti-Christ, is at it again. This time they targeted Obama's new children's book: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. The book features short descriptions and pictures of various American icons like George Washington, which isn't all that controversial on the surface. Fox News got to digging, however, and came up with something. Obama writes about Sitting Bull, a Lakota chief who led his people into war so they could defend their land from the white miners who continued to encroach on the land that was rightfully the Lakota's. This war was known as the Great Sioux War and the Lakotas got a victory at the Battle of Little Bighorn against General Custer. Obama calls Sitting Bull one who "healed broken hearts and broken promises." First of all, I think we can all agree that Native Americans of the period were fighting simply to defend their land. It was the United States that was really at fault, but because the U.S. had the power to defeat Native Americans, it did so and also took away their land. Not to mention, Sitting Bull didn't even fight in the battle due to old age. Fox News, instead of understanding history, chose to find a fault with Obama's words by saying that he "praises Indian chief who killed U.S. general." This is completely false and although Sitting Bull did fight in a war against the United States, he was still someone who deserves to be honored for leading his people and defending his land. People and the media need to use common sense instead of automatically finding faults with everything someone else does just because of party affiliation. It's not the media's job to tell me how to think and, although Fox News is a huge culprit of bias, it's not the only channel. The media needs to start focusing on actually reporting the facts. It seems like Americans are starting to lose their brains.

Fox News headline of Obama's kids book draws criticism

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