Donald Hank
Hey Fox: Is there still a country called Russia?
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By Donald Hank
November 24, 2015

I was once an avid viewer of Fox News. I still watch when my wife tunes in. A lot of my friends are in the same category with me, having once seen Fox as conservative and as fair and balanced. A long time ago, you presented the "other" side of the news and declared yourselves "fair and balanced." Yet some of us saw you drift far from your base, like the GOP and most everything else.

I have a Masters in Russian and am a perpetual student of Russian, ie, language, literature and current affairs. I follow Russian news in Russian and English. Years ago I noticed that whatever really big important events were happening in Russia were studiously ignored in the US press. Perhaps that is to be expected given the deplorable state of the msm. But Fox says it is different. Balanced and all that. Yet, ironically, I am now hearing more -balanced views on CNN, the channel that I was escaping from when I switched to Fox, back when you first went on the air. For example, in relation to the Paris attacks, I heard Christiane Amanpour remind her audience that France was not the only recipient of ISIS jihadism but that ISIS had also bombed a Russian airliner over the Sinai. I was almost overcome by emotion that a Western reporter would even mention that.

This is a sad state of affairs.

A few days ago I read in a foreign online site that Russia had doubled its air strikes, adding large bombers flying directly from Russia to Syria, and also making some pinpoint strikes with missiles from ships in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas. The report mentioned that 600 jihadis were killed and that the ISIS commanders were forced to bury the dead in latrines. No one had ever come anywhere near this close to defeating ISIS. It was earth shattering news – at least to people like me who hope that a nuclear WW III can be avoided (I refuse to believe I am in the minority). Yet these intensified Russian air strikes received precious little coverage in the US, although a few sites in Britain (such as express.co.uk , theglobalnews) and an Irish site managed to carry the story.

I tuned in to your fair and balanced station after that and found a "military expert" opining that only the US could defeat ISIS but that our president would not attack them with sufficient vigor to make a difference. I waited to hear your coverage of the above-cited story of the doubled Russian attacks but did not catch it. I then did a search with the terms:
    fox news russian bombers syria
and found no reports at all on Fox about these latest air strikes or any mention of the fact that Russia had doubled its number of active bombers. I was only able to find a report that a Russian aircraft had buzzed the USS Ronald Reagan over a month ago. Your loyal listeners and readers no doubt think that the deployment of Russian air force jets is strictly limited to buzzing American ships.

Therefore I conclude that, in Fox's world, Russia has ceased to exist. I am asking that you re-investigate that view and see if you cannot find some information indicating that Russia has not yet left planet earth.

Best Regards,

Don Hank

laiglesforum.com

For readers who have similar grievances about the "fair and balanced" channel, here are some Fox email addresses (be polite. Niceness optional):

kelly@foxnews.com, americasnewsroom@foxnews.com, cavuto@foxnews.com, fncspecials@foxnews.com, fns@foxnews.com, newswatch@foxnews.com, foxreport@foxnews.com, foxreport@foxnews.com, atlarge@foxnews.com, hannity@foxnews.com, happeningnow@foxnews.com, jer@foxnews.com, special@foxnews.com, oreilly@foxnews.com, cavuto@foxnews.com

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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

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