I have difficulty with Fox News in General as a reliable news source. I confess personal bias here. I hate having to consider anything brought to me by anything connected even remotely by Fox news. When the material is of a sensational nature, I have even more difficulty.
That is not decent reason to dismiss it, however much I would like to. Allegations need to be dealt with on the basis of the facts. I simply wish I could do it more gracefully sometimes. Did I mention I've been told I have a bias against Fox News? You might be surprised to hear that. . .
Exactly what are facts around an issue like this and what aren't facts very quickly become muddied by panic from all sides. We must protect our children. We must protect our privacy. We must protect the public's right to know, We must protect freedom of the Press. We must protect the fairness of the investigations. We must protect our ability to act. We must protect our objectivity.
If only somebody was wrong, things would be much simpler. I don't think anybody is, really. If the bunch of us banged our heads together, we could probably come up with several other correct points of view whose interests should be guarded as well.
Let me see? Some of those allegations will be false, won't they? Some of them will be simple if disturbingly major yet innocent miscommunications.
I don't know if many of you remember the tempest of 15-20 years ago about childhood satanic cult abuse. Even in the therapy community there was a large minority of well meaning folk who were estimating a population of up to (if my poor brain can be coaxed to creak out an approximately correct number) Ten million "survivors of childhood Satanic cult abuse." These people were going to drown the available therapeutic resources and the nation was supposed to have been swept away by this hidden but pending danger. Articles were written on the signs your patient had been a victim of these terrible cult pactices. Ritual childhood sacrifice. You name it.
Never happened. Didn't happen. Never existed in the first place, outside a few richly gifted and somewhat fevered imaginations who were honestly enough convinced of its reality. Nevertheless, a groundcurrent of hysteria ran through some parts of the nation.
People are easily pone to catching these sorts of ideas, like the flu. Like the flu, you pretty much have to let these psychic illnesses run their course and hope they don't turn into more serious psychic illnesses where people start burning witches or hanging blacks or torturing other human beings because they think they can justify it.
I have mentioned to you how much I hate Fox News, haven't I? I was afraid that might have slipped my mind.
A man has to acknowledge his biases out in the open, otherwise you may end up burning last years' witches. And some gaffes a guy simply shouldn't get away with.