Things That Began Well Don’t Always End Well

This is my eulogy for Fox News. I remember Fox News Sunday when Tony Snow was hosting it. It was balanced and informative. That has changed in recent years. I enjoy Tucker Carlson. I understand we may not agree on everything, but he is fair, logical, and informative. I used to enjoy Hannity and Colmes when they debated both sides of an issue. I guess the fairness and balance of Fox News will be a distant memory.

The Los Angeles Times posted an article yesterday about some changes to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox as it prepares for a merger with Walt Disney Company. 21st Century Fox created a new company, Fox Corp., made up of Fox News Channel and Fox broadcast network.

Yesterday The Washington Post reported that Paul Ryan will be a board member for Fox Corp., the new parent company of Fox News.

The Washington Post reports:

Last week, Ryan reportedly told a crowd during a lecture in Vero Beach, Fla., that the Democrat who defines the race as one about Trump and Trump’s personality could beat him. But he quickly backtracked on Twitter to clarify that he believes Trump deserves to win.

“To be clear, GOP wins elections when they’re about ideas not when they’re personality contests like Dems & media want. We’re clearly better off because of @RealDonaldTrump,” Ryan tweeted. “His record of accomplishment is why he’ll win re-election especially when compared to Dems’ leftward lurch.”

Ryan will serve on the seven-member board along with Murdoch, Fox’s founder, and his son, Lachlan Murdoch, Fox’s chairman and chief executive.

I believe the choices currently being made will be the end of Fox News as the most-watched news network in America.

In Case You Ever Get This Questions In A Trivia Game

The Blaze posted an article today about “A113,” a group of numbers and letter that appears in a lot of Pixar movies. Frankly, I never noticed it, but it appears on the license plate in “Toy Story,” and also in “Cars” and “Monsters, Inc.

The Blaze has answered this burning question:

“A113 refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of Arts. It was the classroom for first year graphic design and character animation, where many of the animators at Pixar and Disney, and several other studios, discovered and mastered their craft,” User TheGhostWhoHatesSpills writes. ”The use of A113 in their films is a friendly nod to one another that they once shared a classroom without which they would never be doing what they’re doing now.”

If nothing else, this reminds us that if you have a dream and are willing to work and study to achieve it, you can. It is touching that these animators remember their roots.

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Thoughts On A Movie

Sven And Kristoff From Disney's "Frozen"

Sven And Kristoff From Disney’s “Frozen” (Photo credit: DonaldOgg)

If you are taking your children to see the movie “Frozen” and you do not want to know how the movie ends, please do not read this. I will give away the ending.

I went to see “Frozen” yesterday with some of my grandchildren. It is a Disney movie. One of the things that I noticed about the movie was how much Disney movies have changed. I enjoyed “Tangled” (Disney’s take on Rapunzel), but noticed that the future prince charming in that movie had a rather checkered past. He was not like the Disney princes of old. That was a change. “Frozen” included a character who seemed to be a prince charming, but turned out to be a cad interested only in himself. I am not sure that belonged in a fairy tale (which was essentially what “Frozen” is). Visually the movie was rather dark for the majority of the movie.

I remember that in the sixties that the feminist movement was objecting to Disney movies—they didn’t like the idea of the heroine riding off into the sunset with the handsome prince and “living happily ever after.” They felt that was an idea that was damaging to young girls. Well, in “Frozen,” they got their wish—Prince Charming is a cad. The man who wins the princess is a common laborer—he is a prince of a man, but he is not of royal lineage.

I am not sure if “Frozen” was trying to send a message. However, if the feminists were opposed to Snow White and Cinderella because of the messages in those movies, is it a stretch to think that if given a chance, they would try to put their message in a movie?

Anyway, “Frozen” is good entertainment, and I suppose it’s not a bad idea to tell little girls that the person who appears to be prince charming may not be.

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