Letters to the Editor

Fox News is not news

Dear Editor:

With regards to Matthew White’s Wednesday column praising FOX News, I must disagree.ÿFirst of all, allow me to state that I firmly believe the 24-hour news media is one of the worst things domestically that has ever happened to this country. I definitely advocate being informed instead of ignorant, but I have never understood how anyone could be so entertained by 24-hour news that they become obsessed with it.

Believe me, there are better things in life than politics. Take Sean Hannity, for example. The man wakes up to do a political radio show, goes home to write political books and then in the evening hosts a political TV show. Simply put, people like Mr. Hannity need to get a life.

With regards to Mr. White’s argument that FOX News is not biased – with a lineup of Steve Doocy, Brit Hume, John Gibson, Neil Cavuto, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, all of whom are conservatives – I would beg to differ.ÿThe final proof I needed of their bias was their “report” on how Barack Obama was brought up as an Islamic extremist, prompting one caller to claim he would rather have a Muslim in the White House than Hillary Clinton, because “we know what the Muslims are up to.”ÿI was finally convinced that FOX News is not about journalism, but instead about opinions and agendas.

Fortunately for people like me who are not obsessed with politics and instead enjoy stepping back and poking fun of it all, I will forever be grateful to a comedy god named Jon Stewart for satirizing some of the clowns at FOX, such as Cavuto’s ridiculous use of a question mark, O’Reilly’s egotism, Hannity’s anger and Doocy’s funny name.ÿAnd, as Stewart once said, “FOX News – they decide!”

Christian Kallio

Integrated social studies, theatre major

Homefield advantage not enough for provost

Dear Editor:

I was interested to read the editorial concerning the search for a new provost, published in last Monday’s Stater.ÿ

While I realize that space is at a premium, the topic seemed to me to be of extreme importance to the whole Kent State community. Therefore I was disappointed at what I consider to be the uneven way you described the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates.ÿ

For one candidate you chose to point out as a weakness the fact that “Nothing stuck out about(her),” having indicated to readers her impressive resume, several achievements, her experience as Provost and a desire to involve non-traditional students (Kent has more than a few) and emphasize distance learning. ÿ

For another candidate you found his apparent support for the plus/minus grading scheme (still being worked through the system, and arguably not fully tested) as grounds for rebuke and certainly a factor to outweigh all other attributes. These you indicated, included having built “a major research enterprise.”

For another you seemed to downplay his idea of connecting students with faculty, improving retention and degree programs, using his experience as provost and emphasizing diversity. But you fed readers with bare details of a vote of no confidence.

And for the front-runner you seemed to present as of little consequence a lack of ideas about diversity at Kent (perhaps one of our biggest and most urgent challenges), and present as a bonus his current position as part of the administrative food chain. ÿ

Certainly Kent State hardly needs to be swept clean by a couple of new brooms, but there are more than enough crumbs remaining which need to be addressed and redressed!ÿ Who could/would do that?

Geoff Broadhead

Professor, School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport