The Idiots at Fox News have to find a political issue with everything

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  1. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    So today, the IAFN, aka The Idiots at Fox News, have tried to create a political issue revolving around Apple's decision to use Bloom Energy boxes at their big data center in North Carolina. Citing Al Gore's participation on both Apple's Board and Kleiner Perkins' Board (who backs Bloom Energy).

    On a positive note, the article did not bash President Obama once...not THAT'S a first for the IAFN. :cool:

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012...r-plans-fueled-by-al-gores-conflict-interest/
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    As much as I hate Fox, this could be construed as a conflict of interest.
     
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    Well to be fair, all of these news sites do the same.

    But yeah fox news in general is just bad.
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Not really.

    KCPB are a massive venture capital firm.

    Its much more of a conflict of interest that in 2008 they created the iFund.
     
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    The luddites @ Fox hate anything that promotes alternative/renewable energy technologies to oil, coal, and other carbon based energy sources. But then climate change denial is one of Fox's fortes...
     
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    I wonder how many conservatives who are a board member or in a prominent position at multiple companies tried to get each other to do business with one another for the benefit of himself.....

    I can think of one already....
     
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    Wait...this is news? Is this not how a majority of large corporate business is done?? Am I out of the loop somehow?
     
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    It almost certainly is a "conflict of interest."

    But its also a "conflict of interest" to appoint your son as heir-apparent to your publicly-traded global media empire, but that doesn't seem to have stopped Rupert Murdoch from doing it on at least two occasions.

    Conflicts of Interest happen all the time in private business, and should not be held to the same standard as Government institutions. Its a "conflict of interest" if you buy paper towels for your company from the guy who twice a year takes you golfing. Its "conflict of interest" if you hire your wife's cousin to work the cash register in your restaurant. Conflict of Interest only causes a problem when it rises to level of fraud or outright incompetence.

    If Fox News is doing anything misleading (and they, as usual, are doing precisely that) it is conflating former Vice President Al Gore's involvement with anything to do with the current Democratic Party and/or the Obama Administration.
     
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    If he controls, or is, the Board, he can do whatever he damn well wants.

    Voting shareholders holding over 50% are the only ones that can prevent him.
     
  10. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    The main two sources for Fox's report appear to be a conservative think tank and a newsletter few people have probably ever heard of.

    If this were reported in the mainstream media, it might have some credibility; but given the fact that it's Fox, and the sources it used, I'll hold off on crying "conflict of interest" until we see something in the legitimate media.
     
  11. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    It's a hack article against "green" energy, using Gore and Apple (go click views) for the angle.

    The article strings together a Wired article, a piece from BizJournal (a hack-shop), and uses "expert" Tom Borelli, the Director (and PhD!) of the Free Enterprise Project.

    The FEP seeks to according to its website:

    Keep in mind that the source used in the Wired article is an expert from Amazon.com, which is useful as a source, but questionable as nearly the sole source for such a story.

    The key point is it's only a "conflict of interest" if Gore did not disclose his connection to the energy company.

    It's a hit piece.
     
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    Borelli s coal and hates anything Green. He frequently targets companies involved with climate change legislation. He showed up a Duke Energy (Apple's energy supplier in N.C.) shareholders meeting in 2010.
     
  13. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    You cannot really tag Bloom Boxes as being "green" or "renewable", though. Setting aside the large amount of energy it takes to make them, even hydrogen is not very green: it must come from somewhere, which at the present means other energy (fossil or nuclear) is used to split it out.

    Still, it does seem like it would be more efficient and robust than big grid projects.
     
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    If you define "Green" as "environmentally friendly", then yes, they are in fact more Green than burning fossil fuels (such as coal) to produce energy.

    Quote from teh Wikipedia:

    "... a fuel cell power plant using natural gas as a hydrogen source would create less than one ounce of pollution (other than CO2) for every 1,000 kW produced, compared to 25 pounds of pollutants generated by conventional combustion systems." (emphasis added)
     

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