Does Fox News Understand Bloggers, or Simply Think We are Idiots?

Remember a few years back when someone came up to you and said they were a “blogger”… and you simply thought to yourself, “what a waste of time”… or “big deal, blogging is just an online journal”. Yea, that may have been the case around seven to eight years ago, but now blogging is serious business. Heck, John Chow is the perfect example of someone turning a blog about nothing, into a $40,000 a month income! How sick is that?

Last week I was speaking at BlogWorld in New York City and had the chance to get interviewed by Fox News and appear on The O’Reilly Factor. It was quite exciting to see Fox News at an event like BlogWorld, as it shows the event is growing in size year after year. Just two years ago I was featured on ABC News after speaking at BlogWorld in Las Vegas. The bottom line is, the opportunities and business of blogging and attending blog and internet marketing related conferences is crucial to the success of your brand and business.

Back to my point, Fox News was performing various interviews on the exhibit hall floor. Their questions ranged from social media, how technology is invading our lives and of course blogging and politics. You can view the full segment on the Fox News web site. Once you watch the video, you will see how Fox News portrays the world of blogging and the people who attend the event. Sure, it’s probably boring and explaining what we do will go over the heads of the average viewer, but instead of portraying us all as fools and idiots when it comes to “real life experiences and politics“, they should have focused their efforts on showing what is capable when you take the time, effort and passion to grow a blog into a real business over the internet.

So the question is… is this how everyone looks at bloggers and online marketers, or was Fox News just trying to take a funny “SPIN” on The O’Reilly Factor and add some humor and to their schedule? In all truth, I am very appreciative to Fox News for taking the time to interview me and include me in their report. The world of blogging and affiliate market is quite secret when it comes to the average viewer and non internet entrepreneur related person.

Instead of focusing on the BlogWorld conference as a joke and making it look like a collection of people who blog from their parents home and have no knowledge of what’s happening in the world around them, they could have put a positive spin on the story and introduced their millions of viewers to the benefits and potential in the world of online blogging and marketing.

If you feel the same way, be sure to shoot Bill O’Reilly an email at [email protected] and let him know what they really missed out on by not focusing on the positives of blogging and business online.

This post was guess blogged by Zac Johnson


26 thoughts on “Does Fox News Understand Bloggers, or Simply Think We are Idiots?”

  1. This is not the first time I see these kinds of videos on TV. It seems like nobody appreciate our works and always consider internet marketers as idiots or scams.

    1. Graham says:

      I think it’s the scammers that give everyone online a bad name. We just need to make sure that we’re not doing any of the scammy things, or even having sites that resemble them.

      Let’s distance ourselves from bad business practices.

      1. Zac Johnson says:

        It seems scammy and quick money stories always get more attention.

    2. DylanC says:

      Unfortunately, there are a lot of so-called gimmicks and false advertising in the world of internet marketing. Which gives the industry a bad name.

  2. That piece was such a joke. Considering how they handled the responses from you Zac, as well as other well known people in the space such as Lewis Howes it just proves how disconnected they are from the platform.

    This reminds me a little bit of the videos from the Government trying to have conversations about SOPA/PIPA when they would dismiss the problem as only being able to be understood by “nerds”.

    Just because it’s technical and different than people are used to doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant. In fact laughing off just makes that show and other instances like this appear ignorant to the realities of today.

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      It was a bit disappointing. I answered all of their questions in detail and they didn’t show anything that would have been positive to their audience. Oh well.. all coverage is good coverage, right?

      1. I guess you could think that way. I mean at least you can do an “as seen in XYZ” but unless it’s positive it’s hard to see how it’s anything more than a slap in the face.

  3. Honestly us bloggers are faced with this everyday people don’t seem to understand how we can make money online by just blogging. They just don’t get it. They will always think we are hackers or live in our parents basement. Fox could of done a lot better coverage of blog world giving the viewers quality info but instead decided to make bloggers look like idiots.

    1. Graham says:

      Well, making bloggers look like idiots makes the idiots sitting at home watching fox news feel better about themselves!

      1. Chris Deals says:

        Fox News is all about dumbing down of their audience. Its a shame because O’Riley and Waters are both smart guys and know better.

    2. Zac Johnson says:

      I’m all for the rest of the world not knowing how to make money online anyway. It just keeps getting more competitive year after year, but those who are dedicated and willing to adapt will always survive.

  4. Kirk Taylor says:

    Okay, I get all the comments from everyone, but it’s clear, not many people in our world watch the O’Reilly Factor, or have seen Jesse Watters segment on a regular basis.

    Actually, compared to other segments that Watters does, this one was really good for the industry. Zac and the others were polite, intelligent and didn’t have the typical stupid answers that people give.

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      Lots of people are saying the same… that Watters segments are usually in the same taste/spin.

  5. Warren says:

    I would have loved to hear more from the bloggers, rather than the idiot with the mic.

    “So you don’t live in your parents basement?” LOL

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      We were talking afterwards and he said he was really impressed with what I had to say and how much I knew… yet they didn’t use any of it for the piece.

  6. Fadi says:

    I think they made Fox look like idiots…

    btw Zac congrats when did you get your own place ? 🙂

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      ha, five years ago.

  7. Warren says:

    Congrats! Wow, you look awesome! What a Great success!
    “the opportunities and business of blogging and attending blog and internet marketing related conferences is crucial to the success of your brand and business.”
    This is so true…. he missed out… maybe we should “mail-shoot” Bill !
    thanks Zac for always share, and provided great values to us 🙂

    1. Zac Johnson says:

      Thanks, glad you liked it!

  8. faisal says:

    They are just jealous!

    1. That’s the right word I’d like to hear. Jealous is inevitable. Hope they open their eyes in the world of blogging.

  9. Well, I didn’t watch that piece but I think Fox News was just being in touch with it’s audience; it’s how most people see bloggers anyway and even if you do build a business out of your blog, they’re still going to ask you when you plan to get a real job; it doesn’t matter that you’re earning more than they are. Go figure.

    Nevertheless, they missed a unique opportunity to educate people about the potentials, especially those who need the income. Oh well, like you say, who needs the competition right?

  10. Fiona says:

    I think they should actually do the internet marketing work and see how much hard work and dedicated time that is put into blogging or internet marketing. It is work just like any other work and it requires a lot of reading, researching and training to get the business going. Its not just sitting in front of a computer and clicking here and there wasting time.

  11. Haluk says:

    An awesome information, thanks you for sharing it.

  12. Edmund says:

    A bloggers achievements were recognized by bloggers only but used by almost all people who go online. The mainstreams media may not appreciate bloggers but they will certainly learn from bloggers.

  13. Lisa says:

    I think the word “blogger” has become too broad of a term to identify those professionals who share great information and help shape people’s opinions about important topics. Any media outlet who uses bloggers as an information resource should elaborate on what they mean by the label, “blogger” by using some better adjectives to separate the boys from the men. Maybe “Professional Blog Master in Technology” or “Popular Blogger in Health.” You get the idea, but I think those professional bloggers deserve some type of distinction.

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