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Fri May 17, 2019, 09:27 PM

So I blocked Fox "News" from my cable.

So I got home from work today. My conservo-religious cuckoo mother-in-law was babysitting our kids. My wife and I have been on the fence about hiring a sitter instead of letting her parents babysit. We go back and forth every time my liberal wife and her mom fight about principles. On the one hand, we appreciate them helping with kid coverage since my wife and I both work. On the other, the expense of a sitter would be worth not having the drama. We also don’t want to deprive the kids from seeing their grandparents twice a week.

That said, I come home today and found the television on Fox “News”. A few years back I had that channel blocked with the parental lock. But that block either expired or got erased by an update or something - I wasn’t paying attention. But seeing it on our living room television today, I got irritated. I messaged the wifey-poo and said: (actual text message quote.. copied and pasted...quotation marks added because I appreciate grammar)

“Omg. Fox News was on our tv when I turned it on. Puke. I’m going to put the parental lock on that channel again. I’m not having your folks watch that when they are here with the kiddos. They were here with them for most of the day. Fox News propaganda is not allowed in our house. No debate about it. It peddles hate for profit. Not allowed in my book.”


She responded: “Agreed” (she was busy with a meeting and couldn’t vent her true feelings)

The moral: FOX has no place in my house, my life, or this world. It is a parasite. It is a pest. A termite of society. It must be given no quarter. No acceptance. No mercy. It would be illegal in an ideal society. It is hateful and damaging - especially to our elderly who, for whatever reason, are lured by their propaganda.

No Fox. Never. Ever. Ever. IT IS NOT ALLOWED. And should be snuffed out in order for the future to survive prosperously.

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Reply So I blocked Fox "News" from my cable. (Original post)
Vdizzle May 2019 OP
PoliticAverse May 2019 #1
Vdizzle May 2019 #2
PoliticAverse May 2019 #4
Vdizzle May 2019 #6
True Dough May 2019 #30
pnwmom May 2019 #9
PoliticAverse May 2019 #14
Vdizzle May 2019 #16
Vdizzle May 2019 #18
Snarkoleptic May 2019 #3
Turin_C3PO May 2019 #5
Mike Nelson May 2019 #7
Croney May 2019 #8
MLAA May 2019 #10
pnwmom May 2019 #11
Croney May 2019 #15
BigmanPigman May 2019 #12
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2019 #13
Vdizzle May 2019 #17
CDerekGo May 2019 #19
AdamGG May 2019 #20
Vdizzle May 2019 #22
Vdizzle May 2019 #24
AdamGG May 2019 #34
Rhiannon12866 May 2019 #21
quickesst May 2019 #23
WinstonSmith4740 May 2019 #25
Dream Girl May 2019 #26
Dream Girl May 2019 #27
Doreen May 2019 #28
stonecutter357 May 2019 #29
Skittles May 2019 #31
Vdizzle May 2019 #32
Skittles May 2019 #33

Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:31 PM

1. But you are still financially supporting them by paying for it? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:37 PM

2. Xfinity doesn't have a package that doesn't include FOX

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #2)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:43 PM

4. So, yes. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:46 PM

6. Oh whatever.

The kids want the Disney channels, the wife wants the HBO, and I want the food network. So sorry if I’m technically paying for it. Sorry I can’t be as principled and pious as a monk. I still would like to have cable even though I hate one of the channels.

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #6)

Sat May 18, 2019, 08:28 AM

30. Don't take it personally

I commend you for the thread and your hatred of Faux News.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:39 PM

9. You must be AWFULLY pure, to feel comfortable making a snarky comment like that. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #9)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:03 PM

14. Don't confuse frustration with snark. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #14)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:08 PM

16. No. You're just a self righteous a$$

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #16)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:14 PM

18. Sorry about that. I don't usually say things like that.

Maybe I should have said that you are just being self righteous and left out the a$$ part.

My apologies. Same side in the end.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:42 PM

3. A friend of mine is active in "The Elks"* and set off a shitstorm by blocking Fox Newz

on all of the TV's in their meeting/banquet facility.

*Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (something like Masonic Lodge light)

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:45 PM

5. Good!

Fox News is the American Pravda.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 09:57 PM

7. Good decision...

… especially with kids in the house.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:23 PM

8. Hmm. I need to figure out how to do this in the next hour.

I'm sleeping on the couch tonight in the home of a RW Zombie relative. If I put the TV volume down low and search the settings, maybe I can do this small thing, like turning National Enquirers over at the check-out, that mean little to anyone but myself.

I will do this.

Edit: CAUTION! There was no PIN number set for parental block so I created one and blocked Faux News. When I scrolled through channels and got to it again, a big notice said there was a parental block! I thought it would just skip the channel.

So I undid my clever work. Damn.

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Response to Croney (Reply #8)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:41 PM

10. Go for it!!!!

Out-FOX them!!!!!!!

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Response to Croney (Reply #8)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:41 PM

11. LOL. Would they have automatically realized you were the culprit,

or could you have played dumb?

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #11)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:05 PM

15. I am the only Democrat in the house tonight, so they would know.

I'll choose my battles and be happy that I'm the only one who knows the PIN number. Maybe next time...

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:46 PM

12. I wish you had magical powers and could block it

on every TV everywhere, but so does everyone on DU I suppose.

My rating for Fux Ruse...
4 out of 4 pukes

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:01 PM

13. Good for you.

You're not asking that they not watch it in their own home. And you're not being confrontational. You're just making sure it can't be on in your house.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #13)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:12 PM

17. Precisely. Controlling the things I can when I can.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:18 PM

19. I term that channel

fux news

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:36 PM

20. They play Faux on a wide screen in the Mcdonald's in my town

I emailed a complaint, but nothing happened. Apparently, it's corporate policy to play it at all Mcdonald's. They're not satisfied poisoning bodies and have set out to poison minds as well.

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Response to AdamGG (Reply #20)

Sat May 18, 2019, 12:06 AM

22. Get a universal remote at Best Buy or wherever.

Then go buy a value meal and sit there and program the remote to be able to change the channel. You can look up manufacturer codes for programming. It would probably take 5 minutes to hijack the tele and switch to something else.

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #22)

Sat May 18, 2019, 12:08 AM

24. Even if the cable box is located out of range

You can still program the remote to turn the actual television on or off. So if the channel can’t be changed you can at least turn off the tv everytime you go in.

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #22)

Sat May 18, 2019, 06:36 PM

34. They'd just switch it back

I guess it would be temporarily satisfying, but not really worth the trouble of buying a universal remote because the staff is under instructions to switch it right back. I Googled this and there's a bunch of articles in Huffington Post and other places about how it's Mcdonald's corporate policy to have Fox running in all their remodeled stores that have tv's.

At least after I complained, they seem to often have music playing and the volume down or lower on Fux. I'm in a liberal area (Newton, Mass.), so I'm probably not the only one to complain, though I've seen lots of older and blue collarish people park themselves right next to that tv and eat while they're staring at it.

I live around the corner and it's a comfrortable spot to some times work on my laptop (except for the Faux News).

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Fri May 17, 2019, 11:51 PM

21. I have a friend who did that, too, when her overbearing RW mother-in-law came to visit

This was a friend who also used to post here on DU. If anyone wonders if this is a good idea, check out these offerings from FOX. This was one of the latest videos from The Daily Show, but I decided it wasn't worth posting yesterday since it would only annoy folks here and raise blood pressures. I could barely stand to watch the whole thing and I'm sorry I did.

The Daily Show: Daily Affirmations with Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro


Feeling down? Take a mental health break with this collection of relentless positivity from Fox News's Jeanine Pirro.


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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 12:07 AM

23. Everyone should know....

..... That most services give the option of including or excluding any channel in their lineup. Usually in Settings. I have Suddenlink and I have omitted what I refer to as the b******* channels, religion, QVC Etc by simply not putting a check mark by that channel in my settings channel list. When I pull up my guide, they are not a part of it. I still have the fake News Channel in my lineup because I like to see what they're up to occasionally. Other than that, I just don't select that channel.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 12:17 AM

25. Keep us posted!

I'd love to know their reaction next time they babysit and can't pull up Faux Noise.

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 01:03 AM

26. You don't have to block it, just change the line up. switch to favorites and don't check Fox.

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #26)

Sat May 18, 2019, 01:04 AM

27. See quickest post above. It is really easy to keep a channel from even showing up. No need for

Parental controls

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 04:10 AM

28. Wouldn't one consider exposure to fox

news all day child endangerment? You know endangering them of learning to think stupid or not thinking at all?

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 08:04 AM

29. K&R

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Response to Vdizzle (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 11:30 AM

31. wifey-poo?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #31)

Sat May 18, 2019, 03:06 PM

32. Haha. And I'm Hubby-boo. Corny I know.

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Response to Vdizzle (Reply #32)

Sat May 18, 2019, 05:48 PM

33. OK

as long as there is equality there.

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