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Oct 21 2013

Fox News Can Politicize Anything

Dr. Manny Alvarez, the senior managing editor for health matters at Fox News, proves that wingnuts can politicize absolutely anything when he writes that the AMC show The Walking Dead is conditioning Americans to participate in the “new world order.”

Is watching “The Walking Dead” seriously hurting American society?

I would argue ‘Yes.’ Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence. Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order…

Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead. Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be music, education, science or the classics. Entertainment should help us soothe our brains so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives.

With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies.

I don’t hate you, I’m laughing at you. There’s a difference. Seriously, get a fucking grip.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    Entertainment should help us soothe our brains so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives.

    Yep, and the Walking Dead does just that.

  2. 2
    theschwa

    Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives

    a lich that died and resurrected 2000+ years ago.

  3. 3
    Larry

    The Imaginary Zombie Hordes. That is so my next band’s name!

    p.s. the transcription above mis-spelled it as hoards. The original article has it right.

  4. 4
    MikeMa

    Slow news day? Make that the normal No News Day at Fox.

  5. 5
    zenlike

    Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.

    The above quote could easily have been a good advice towards Dr. Manny Alvarez the ‘scientist and doctor’, but it is actually the last sentence of his ‘article’. Projection alert, dear doctor!

  6. 6
    raven

    I would argue ‘Yes.’ Hate me all you want,

    Naw, you aren’t even close to worth the effort.

    or call me paranoid and misinformed,

    OK. But really, you are just silly and stupid in a clownish sort of way.

  7. 7
    Raging Bee

    Is watching “The Walking Dead” seriously hurting American society? I would argue ‘Yes.’

    Because NOTHING was harming American society before that TV series came out, right?

    Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be music, education, science or the classics.

    Then he goes on to cry about “socialism” because too many people are trying to do just that. I hate zombie movies and TV shows too, but can’t these morons find a better critic than this?

  8. 8
    Mr Ed

    Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead our target demographic. Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards Obama socialism and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be praise music, education, science or the classics traditional family values. Entertainment should help us soothe our brains -not like all the rage inducing crap on this network- so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives.

    never thought I’d see the day when Fox would come out in favor of education or science

  9. 9
    raven

    Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.

    A great start would be not watching Fox madeup-News.

    The rest of the MSM is better but not by much. I don’t take them all that seriously any more.

  10. 10
    Randomfactor

    Wait till he finds out that the US Government has used zombie uprisings as part of its disaster-preparedness publicity campaign.

  11. 11
    exdrone

    I guess I don’t watch enough television. I thought that The Walking Dead was a documentary series about the aging of far right conservatism in the US. Or am I thinking of The Scooter-Riding Dead?

  12. 12
    matty1

    As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead.

    Compare and contrast

    http://www.foxnews.com/topics/lifestyle/christianity.htm

  13. 13
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    “With this country heading towards a socialized fascist system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies Jesus.”

    FTFY, Doc. No charge for the house call.

  14. 14
    ragingapathy

    So this pop-culture focus on violence is a new thing? Really. So the 20th century never happened?

  15. 15
    D. C. Sessions

    SRSLY? Someone on Fox condemning the popular fixation on violent fantasies?

    Is this, like, backwards day or something?

  16. 16
    scienceavenger

    Definitely not a zombie fan, but give me a fucking break. What a maroon.

    Further, I thought the point of zombie shows was imagining fighting the zombies, not being the zombies.

  17. 17
    holytape

    Dear Dr. Alvarez,

    As a not-doctor and not-scientist, I know one thing for sure: you are a fucking moron. What are you going to tell me that Frankenstein and Star-trek aren’t real, too?

    Sincerely
    Someone who can tell the difference between reality and fiction.

    (P.s. If the brain-eating zombie horde does rise from the earth, you, personally have little to worry about. )

  18. 18
    Doug Little

    Further, I thought the point of zombie shows was imagining fighting the zombies, not being the zombies.

    Lol. One fine internet to you.

  19. 19
    cottonnero

    To be fair, zombie movies do tend to have some political themes, so I’d argue that the problem isn’t that Fox News is politicizing them, but rather that they’re doing such a piss-poor job of it. But that’s what you get when you start from your conclusion and work backwards.

  20. 20
    Moggie

    Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.

    Sorry, I don’t have a garden, just a small window box. The most I could manage is 3-4 conservative brains.

  21. 21
    jnorris

    Just want to let Dr. Alvarez and his Faux news fans know the FEMA camps have never been penetrated by hordes of zombies.

  22. 22
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    p.s. the transcription above mis-spelled it as hoards. The original article has it right.

    Thank goodness. I’d hate to think that there was somebody out there hoarding zombies.

  23. 23
    D. C. Sessions

    I’d hate to think that there was somebody out there hoarding zombies.

    oops — busted!

  24. 24
    michaelnewsham

    As a serious Walking Dead fan, I can testify that a large segment of the people involved enough to post on fansites are gun-obsessive misogynous right-wing males. For them zombies are stand-ins for “those people”who are gonna come rampaging out of the cities after the collapse. In their imaginations it’s not hordes of the Undead that they are blowing away.

    They hated those bitches Lori and Andrea as well as Maggie (for ‘pussifying Glenn’) and cheered for the Ricktatorship.
    In the Zombie Apocalypse,women will know their place and gun-toting he-men will rule.

  25. 25
    democommie

    @1:

    It really helps with the relaxification if I think of zombies as members of the SKKKrotalMurKKKanPatriotiKKK Front.

    “In the Zombie Apocalypse,women will know their place and gun-toting he-men will rule.”

    Well, the teabagistas will have natural immunity from brain eating zombies.

  26. 26
    lofgren

    In the Zombie Apocalypse,women will know their place and gun-toting he-men will rule.

    I’ve heard that the show has some unfortunate implications. The men are all dashing action heroes and the women are all Madonnas or whores. I haven’t seen the show, but the comic had a similar situation: the men all thought they were dashing action heroes and the women were more concerned with the survival of their children and governing consensus than challenging the mens’ authority. However, 1) this changed over time, 2) the men were definitely not all action heroes, and 3) a lot of their behavior is explainable by the fact that they are all rural Georgians. Hell, 2/3 of them were probably tea partiers (if such a thing had existed when the series started).

  27. 27
    Roma Hicks

    Slow news day? Make that the normal No News Day at Fox.

    During this piece, the ever-present “ALERT ALERT” scrolled by as Megan Kelly nodded her vacuous, bobble head.

  28. 28
    democommie

    @27:

    On her best day, Megan Kelly could only aspire to the lofty intellectual station of a bobble head.

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