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Afraid To Watch the News, Millions Turn to Fox


Afraid To Watch the News, Millions Turn to Fox

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) — With unprecedented crises engulfing the world, millions of television viewers are finding the news too stressful to watch — and are turning to the Fox News Channel instead.

"Things are so bad in the world right now, many people are afraid to watch the news," says psychologist Davis Logsdon, who studies the relationship between news consumption and stress at the University of Minnesota. "For them, Fox News represents a welcome break from reality."

Tracy Klugian, 37, a systems analyst from Lansing, Michigan, said that he was flipping the channels to find "anything but news" and found himself watching Fox for the first time. "They had this guy on — something Beck I think his name was — and he was just going on and on, making stuff up," he said. "I was like, this is the kind of mindless junk I need right now."

Klugian says he now records the program and watches it every day when he gets home from work: "For one hour at least, I know that I can kick back and not hear anything that's going on in the world."

He said that watching Fox had also introduced him to "my favorite new comedian — this hysterical woman named Michele Bachmann."

"She was doing this bit about how the American Revolution started in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts, and then she started mixing up where Lexington and Concord were," he said.

"OK, I know it sounds really stupid, but I almost peed myself."

Elsewhere, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he is not worried about how history will remember him "because if I have my way, there won't be any history teachers."

Award-winning humorist, television personality and film actor Andy Borowitz is author of the book "The Republican Playbook." To find out more about Andy Borowitz and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



7 Comments | Post Comment
I can't even laugh anymore as I watch fascism roll over my beloved United States. It's over you know, the Republic HAS fallen, the democratic process of debate and compromise has been interrupted and it will never be restored.
Comment: #1
Posted by: GeorgeC
Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:24 AM
Fox news is controlled by the democrats anyway.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:32 AM
Fox News and MSNBC are both bias toward Ron Paul. Thats how you know big brother is really afraid.
Comment: #3
Posted by: SCOTT
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:32 PM
Fox News and MSNBC are both bias toward Ron Paul. Thats how you know big brother is really afraid.
Comment: #4
Posted by: SCOTT
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:32 PM
Yes and opinion pieces by Liberal pundits.
Comment: #5
Posted by: david
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:30 AM
I have not had time to watch much tv. It seems based on their websites that CNN is the most balanced. Both Fox and especially MSNBC seem like propaganda. ALthough there is a little bias in all media unless it was written by a robot
Comment: #6
Posted by: SCOTT
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:15 PM
If Fox News scares so many liberals then why isn't something done to stop it.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Liam Astlel
Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:17 AM
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