Ya gotta BELIEVE!

Fox News pushes George W. Bush’s policies.
Fox News pushes perpetual motion.
Any questions?

In addition to pushing George W. Bush’s economic and foreign policies, Fox News is pushing a perpetual motion machine.

Actually, that would follow, wouldn’t it? Magical thinking is magical thinking. Tax cuts that pay for themselves work on the same principle as perpetual motion: something for nothing. Unfortunately, Bush is guaranteed to have voters and Fox to have viewers by the operation of Barnum’s Law.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Ya gotta BELIEVE!”

  1. I love the part about "converting H2O to HHO". And going a hundred miles on just 4 oz of water … but the reporter didn't think to ask about the cost of the electricity.
    And yes, Thomas, it's a local Fox News story. It's geared toward the Fox News audience. Do they know their demographic or what?
    BTW, if it weren't for Fox, you also wouldn't know that the "moon landings" were all a hoax.
    And Noah's Ark, and a lot of other stuff the MSM doesn't want you to believe.

  2. asdf, that's really something interesting you're proposing there. Do you suppose that the audience for programming on the Fox Network–OC, the Simpsons, and local television news, for example–overlaps significantly with the audience for, say, Brit Hume's news show? That's an absolutely fascinating conjecture. It doesn't have any connection to reality, but other than that, I'm sure it serves a useful function in your political thinking.

  3. Britt Hume does a news show? What channel does it air on? I've only ever seen the show he does on FNC.

  4. Thomas,
    The sort of person who goes to Fox News to get their news may not be the sort of person who watches the Simpsons, but I was talking about Fox News. You're the one who brought up the Simpsons. (Just in case you really are fuzzy on the distinction, the Simpsons are on Fox. They aren't part of Fox News.)
    On the other hand, the sort of person who likes the national Fox News shows may also like the local Fox News shows. Is that so surprising? After all, where else are you going to find safe haven from the mind-polluting babble of the MSM?
    And apparently one Fox News outlet is of the opinion that their demographic includes the sort of person who would like to see a crank asserting that he's built a car that runs on water.
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they know their demographic pretty well. A story that purports to show that those "scientists" are wrong about a lot of things is going to resonate better with an audience that (much more than the typical MSM audience) wants to believe that scientists are wrong about global warming, evolution, etc., etc. But only if that audience is gullible enough not to think about the energy cost of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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