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The Bible: Beyond the Pale
American Spectator, by Jackson Adams

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/9/2013 5:16:30 AM

Ever since medieval mystery plays, the Bible has offered a lucrative playground for show business. The Good Book’s engrossing stories and a guaranteed audience provide the ingredients of success for a profession wedded to ratings. Believers rightly approach these attempts with trepidation. After all, not a little Christian blood has been spilled over the correctness of artistic forays into the spiritual. Jews and Muslims, Abraham’s other children, even ban such projects altogether. It is sensitivity to these issues that makes the brazen approach of the History Channel’s mini-series The Bible so lamentable. Rarely does a program manage to cheapen

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/9/2013 5:42:37 AM     (No. 9216148)

I´m not about to watch anything produced by today´s revisionist liberals.To me, the Lincoln movie was a flop because they tried to make him a civil rights leader at the time.Of course the comparison you´re supposed to draw is Obama is a modern day Lincoln.

The left wants to make Christianity look like a cult and historical fabrication to discredit people of faith.They´ve already destroyed a great deal of morality in this country and obama is as far from a moral leader as you can get.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sillykay, 3/9/2013 6:21:52 AM     (No. 9216160)

Spot on Poster #1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/9/2013 6:39:06 AM     (No. 9216170)

I was looking forward to this, but the ninja angel at Sodom and Gomorrah had me scratching my head. Then when they totally left off the story of Jacob and Esau and Joseph and his brothers, and cut from the sacrifice of Isaac to the slavery of the Jews in Egypt, I went on a rant.

I know that the producers had to make cuts, but to leave out Jacob and Joseph!!! Really.

I´ll give it another try Sunday, but I don´t think it will be much good.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/9/2013 6:40:30 AM     (No. 9216172)

Oh, by the way. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey the producers are Christians. This is their vision and I am sad to say, so far I am not impressed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/9/2013 6:54:51 AM     (No. 9216194)

Some instinct told me not to watch this. I am glad I took the warning as I do not need the aggravation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Loretta, 3/9/2013 7:29:33 AM     (No. 9216235)

Gosh if you want the whole Bible -then read it.
I get tired of everything being nit-picked and looked at in a political way. Someone has to pay for this program and it can only be so long with the attention span of today´s tv viewers who prefer dumb stuff like Broke Girls. Give Burnett and Downey a break.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oldbuffalo, 3/9/2013 7:57:20 AM     (No. 9216273)

Agreed #6, this series is meant to spark interest in the Bible itself, hoping to motivate people to want to look into it further. Give the producers credit for making this bold move. Roma Downey of Touched-by an Angel fame has a pretty good track record of credibility in my opinion.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: leesum, 3/9/2013 7:59:11 AM     (No. 9216278)

The movie is never as good as the book.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: AltaD, 3/9/2013 8:03:10 AM     (No. 9216289)

I gave it a try but gave up after the first night. If I´m going to spend time watching an inaccurate version of the Bible I´ll watch ´Jesus Christ Superstar´, at least that has great music.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Wetlander, 3/9/2013 8:12:26 AM     (No. 9216307)

What #6 & #7 said. If you stop to think about the millions who have never opened the Book, then if the TV documentary even provokes a few of them to read even a few verses, the show will have been a success. Having read the Book, I for one enjoyed the show as I was able to fill the omissions and commissions without being overly critical.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 3/9/2013 8:24:28 AM     (No. 9216332)

Aw, come on, people. I´m not about to defend Ho´wood liberals, nor do I want to cast aspersions on my beloved husband. But I´ve been reading the Bible, mentioning from time to time some of the stories in the Old Testament, and this TV production got him interested enough to learn more.

Hubby is a dear, sweet man but he was raised nonreligiously. He´s a good man and believes there is a God, but he has just never studied it.

Now, he wants to. Can we give them credit for those like my husband who now might be more interested in picking up the original? I am thankful.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: msjena, 3/9/2013 8:39:53 AM     (No. 9216351)

The movie skips over most of Genesis--which is where a lot of the best narratives are (Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Joseph in Egypt, Jacob´s ladder, etc.) But it did show the most important, which was the story of Abraham. Believe it or not, a lot of people don´t know this story. I heard someone, who was Jewish, say it was Moses who was asked to sacrifice his son. It´s better to get part of the story than none, in my opinion.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 3/9/2013 8:42:30 AM     (No. 9216356)

Mark Burnett was the producer of "Sarah Palin´s Alaska" and "Stars Earn Stripes," featuring Todd Palin. The Palins wouldn´t do business with a Godless leftist, would they?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: zoidberg, 3/9/2013 8:51:28 AM     (No. 9216377)

I haven´t watched it, but heard someone say the acting was on a par with America´s Most Wanted.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: enuf8, 3/9/2013 8:56:19 AM     (No. 9216384)

# - 13 No matter the subject, one just cannot resist a derogatory intentioned remark about Gov. Palin. Most likely would not harm some to make an effort to watch the series and then look into the scriptures.
One could easily say something is missing from the life of one who makes such a pointed effort to attach Gov. Palin´s name at any opportunity in a ´negative´ way.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 3/9/2013 8:57:59 AM     (No. 9216390)

When God finally gets angry enough and wants to get our attention he will not need to use a low budget movie with ninja angels . He won´t need WalMart to sponsor him . Even Democrats and Muslims will awaken from their stupor and pay attention. Omama -Biden stickers will be replaced with "honk if you love Jesus"

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tennisbum, 3/9/2013 9:08:10 AM     (No. 9216422)

In today´s TV world or media world in general where anything Christian is avoided like the plague, I commend Burnett and Downey for their efforts. I have read the Bible and still read it. The movie is not going to be as good as the book but perhaps it will entice some to open the Bible for the first time. The History channel is doing a good thing. The unbelievers and those who ridicule Christians have a ready platform on most all of the channels and programs to spew their hate. The source of my faith comes from the Bible....God´s word!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 3/9/2013 9:09:50 AM     (No. 9216425)

Spot on #8. Skimming over the Old Testament did no favors to the Bible, IMHO. The movie Ten Commandments, was 3 hours or more. That covered only Moses. Some even think Charlton Heston was Moses. At least the producers could say their production was an overview of the Bible, not title the series The Bible. IMHO, the series is lacking, too many omissions, such that too many people could get the wrong impression of the Book called the Bible. I did like that fact that the production showed the place that Abraham (Abram) has in history and the Ishmael/Issac situation.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: STLstudent, 3/9/2013 9:14:48 AM     (No. 9216438)

I will NOT watch "The Bible" on the History Channel... period. I do not want to see the media´s spectacle about a God in whom they do not believe and a Christ they despise.

Why do we giggle with delight when the popular culture slaps us only a little bit? We are so grateful they don´t slap us too hard.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: wyowumin, 3/9/2013 9:18:16 AM     (No. 9216444)

The producers said they were inspired to do this series while watching "The Ten Commandments" with their children and the kids howled with laughter because they thought it was so hokey and they wanted to do something more realistic.

Sadly, in my opinion, they failed. Their production is going to be every bit as dated as DeMille´s "Ten Commandments"--which I think is still far better--with their Ninja angels and Samson the Rastafarian. Don´t think it´ll stand the test of time. And...DeMille did a far better crossing of the Red Sea than Barnett and Downey did.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/9/2013 9:24:07 AM     (No. 9216466)

I doubt that we will ever again see bible-based movies made on an epic scale by Hollywood. So Cecil B. deMille didn´t direct this production, and Edith Head wasn´t available for costume design. And they didn´t have a word-for-word recitation of the bible in King James´ English. That doesn´t mean the series wasn´t effective in reaching some people.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: FLCracker, 3/9/2013 9:27:39 AM     (No. 9216471)

I tuned in late, coming in just as Abraham is taking Isaac out into the desert.

Having just read a book i\on the concept of the "Beloved Son," the substitution of a lamb instead of a ram was quite striking -- and a wonderful example of (I assume) unintentional Christian bias.

Lamb provided by God to save Isaac equals Lamb of God provided by God to save all of us (aka Jesus Christ.)

After this deep and serious subject was given short shrift, the whole crew then went to Eqypt -- with me scrambling, trying to figure out why Abraham would be going to Egypt AFTER this event. I finally realized we were skipping ahead three generations.

Perhaps this program might get some people interested in the Bible, but all it did was confuse me and seem to me so shallow, it could hardly elicit someone´s interest.

Not to mention, the drearily reverential, hackneyed backgroud music gave me a headache.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 3/9/2013 9:29:20 AM     (No. 9216475)

If this Mark Burnett is the one who produced Sarah Palin´s Alaska & Stars Earn Stripes then I´ll give him the benefit of the doubt that his intentions are to be respectful of the Bible. Stars Earn Stripes was definitely respectful of our military & I enjoyed it so much. "Star" Dean Cain fawned all over Chris Kyle when he learned they were paired as a team - deservedly so.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 3/9/2013 9:32:16 AM     (No. 9216479)

After hearing all the hype I was very disappointed.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Envirodude, 3/9/2013 9:32:46 AM     (No. 9216483)

If you want Hollywood to pay a attention to the Christians, Christians should watch, or TiVo, this series. No, it will not have your favorite story. Get over it and support fellow Christians and their work bother wise stop complaining about there being nothing good on television.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lcasal, 3/9/2013 9:43:29 AM     (No. 9216515)

I don´t know the Bible very well at all. CBN recommended the series The Bible and I watched it. I really liked it. I know more now. But I was puzzled by some things, life was harsh in the old testament, for instance killing all the first born. They were just innocences. I will watch the rest of the series though to learn more. Thumbs up!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 3/9/2013 9:44:58 AM     (No. 9216518)

For what its worth..Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arrolo spoke very highly of this series. I decided to skip show one because I thought it would be like other ´History´ channel shows like Storage wars or Pawn Stars. Bible
Wars... brought to you by Barnes and Noble.I might give it a look.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/9/2013 10:01:47 AM     (No. 9216550)

If you guys hate how two avowed Christians have told this story so far, you will really hate the story of Noah coming out next year I believe. Word has it they are turning Noah into somekind of environmentalist. They did choose a good actor though, Russell Crowe.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Chief1942, 3/9/2013 10:20:03 AM     (No. 9216582)

Like so many ventures into religion, this series has it´s positives and negatives. It really is a "tickle your ears" approch to God´s word. Having said that, it is also by leaps and bounds better than the typical TV fare that we have been inundated with over the last few decades. The only harm I see from such a production as this, is that there really are people out there who take whatever "hollywood" puts on the screen (TV or movie) as "reality. They will accept it as "real" and have it shape their views. In this case, the truth is a victim and those that accept this production as such, will be the losers in the long run. People should accept it for what it is, a financially/ideologically motivated production that was done under the guise of "entertainment". Nothing more, nothing less.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 3/9/2013 10:29:50 AM     (No. 9216599)

Mohammed was NEVER Abraham´s "other child." He was the interloper that stole and harrassed and lied his way into the religious world.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: roytheelectrician, 3/9/2013 11:25:59 AM     (No. 9216679)

The History Channel is a rather poetic name for a reality TV based organization.

I was saddened when I had seen they were going to explain the Bible to everyone.

If you are ever compelled to read the Bible, it explains quite well what is happening in this world, and why the likes of the history channel have to tell insulting out-right lies about God´s Word.

If you want to know about Gods Word, read the Bible, pray and go to church. Its that easy.

If you want to know & believe the lies, watch the history channel.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: beth, 3/9/2013 12:02:18 PM     (No. 9216749)

The stories in the Bible don´t need embellishments, they are exciting and inspirational on their own. Sad to see these two put so much time into this series while at the same time refusing to stay true to the stories. We watched the first one but were very disappointed.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: elonfever, 3/9/2013 12:24:27 PM     (No. 9216786)

geez, we finally get Christians with the ability to get a message out there and we complain it is not good enough! It is a verry long book, you can´t cover everything to suit everybody

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Reply 34 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/9/2013 12:26:49 PM     (No. 9216790)

#26, I´m with you. When my brothers and I were young, our grandmother gave us a Hurlbut´s Story of the Bible. We devoured it, but I worried for a long time about how to please God, because poor Job tried and tried and something was always upsetting God, anyway. Only in adulthood did a seminarian explain that relationship in a way I could comprehend.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: redink, 3/9/2013 3:21:33 PM     (No. 9217024)

Kudos to Roma and her husband for getting the message out. We lament the people who know nothing about anything important and here is a decent effort to help those who never heard the Word.

Give it a rest, theologians, God reaches us all differently and in ways we can understand.

I once read a story about a man who was ready to commit suicide, but kept hearing the words from his daughter´s Veggie Tales videos and gave his life to Christ instead. And all he heard was the voice of a tomato character saying: "God loves you very much."
...and he decided to believe it.

There´s power in Word, no matter how it´s presented.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: Penney, 3/9/2013 6:47:54 PM     (No. 9217246)

Although we also noticed the omissions of pivotal Scriptural events recorded in Genesis, as well as the emphasis diverted to others in this film, it does seem to be a quality production. The movie presents a sort of too rapid timeline through so many years of history and, as such, simply cannot dramatize everything in this movie series.

However, we know that God´s word, ´´will not return void,´´ so hopefully viewers will be inspired by this admirable, yet flawed, production to read the Bible for themselves, beginning with Genesis, and then they will be able to sort out the events from film´s descrepencies. The timeline format reveals the lineage leading to the birth of the Messiah.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/9/2013 6:57:19 PM     (No. 9217260)

I saw the first episode and it wasn´t that bad.

It´s entertainment - not theology. I don´t expect secular television and actors, producers and directors to provide religious instruction.

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Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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