Digital Chum - Virtual fish guts and other nonsense

March, 2011:

Let’s play a game!

Here’s a quick sampling of headlines from six major news sites, which include MSNBC, Fox, MSN, BBC, New York Times, and CNN. Each headline was  the main headline on the front page of the news agency’s website at around 1:30 PM on Monday, March 14th, 2011.

Here’s the game. Read the six headlines and guess which one is Fox News.

Searching for survivors

URGENT: Nuke Meltdown in 3 Reactors

Uranium rods ‘highly likely’ melting at Japanese nuclear plant, official says

Fuel Rod Crisis Fears at 3rd Reactor

Japan Nuclear Plant Hit By Second Blast

Meltdown alert at Japan reactor

I’m not going to give away the answer (especially since every person I’ve asked has easily gotten the answer right), but this game can be played any time of day on any day of the year… and it’s almost always a simple task to pick out the Fox News headline.

When headlines are simply more sensationalist on one news site, I find it amusing. When they’re misleading, I find it disturbing, regardless of the news organization.

Either way, it’s an easy game to play… and it’s almost always easy to spot Fox headlines.

Henry Waxman calls shenanigans

Henry Waxman calls shenanigans on anti-science Republicans…

“The new Republican majority in the House has a lot of power to write our nation’s laws, but they do not have the power to rewrite the laws of nature,” Mr. Waxman said. “Republicans in Congress can’t cure cancer by passing a bill that declares smoking safe. And they can’t stop climate change by declaring it a hoax.”

They can’t… but they continue to try.

Yeah. She’s my daughter.

Megan was eating a warm, chocolate-chip cookie/brownie thing and had gotten to the center where it was all melty and chocolately.

I said, "Is that my part?"

She says, looking around in the bowl, "No. Your part is… Oh, sorry. I already ate your part."

I’m so proud.