I have listened to Fox News off and on since Alan Colmes was the "token" Democrat. I am also a Democrat so I didn't like it much, but it wasn't too bad back then. However, lately some of the prime time shows have gone off the rails.
This has happened because of a business model driven by an agenda that seeks to shape the country in a certain way and the unchecked exuberance of some of the anchors. The end result is just one more way in which the country is being polarized.
It is certain that many Republicans would say similar things about MSNBC, but this doesn't do much but fuel the polarization.
It must be assumed that both Fox News and MSNBC believe in their ideas and also have the best interests of the country at heart. Then why not subject these ideas to real scrutiny in a democratic fashion?
My suggestion is that they cooperate for one hour a day five days a week by having a debate between anchors, one from Fox and one from MSNBC. For example, the first show could feature Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity. The next show could feature a different pair. If five anchors from each network were involved it would be about a month before the same pair showed up again.
How else do we solve our problems but to talk rationally about them with those that disagree with us?
Ratings for the hour would drop, hopefully not plummet, because the hour would not be comfortable for anyone. It would be complex and messy with some truth, on both sides, like democracy itself.
Arman Goplen, Bismarck