FOX News Explaining GitHub is the Funniest Thing You’ll See Today


Unmitigated Audacity

Fox News, the unmitigated authority in open source technology, gave its viewers the gift of knowledge yesterday with its explanation of GitHub.  Thanks Fox News!

So, what’s the problem?  Well, that’s simple.  It seems that Fox News’ technology department –run by a motley crew of half-witted quick-study-types– failed to explain GitHub, and also disregarded both spelling and punctuation in favor of adopting what I would describe as a rogue journalistic style; a style that exists far beyond the confines of traditional English language rules.  It is now with great pleasure that I flog the holy-hell out of the following screen capture in an attempt to make them cry.

Let’s have a look.



Who exactly are you quoting here?  Is one of your sources a person who refers to a collection of GitHub terms as “THE GITHUB DICTIONARY”?  Is so, then OK — but is it even necessary to quote someone here?  Why not just have a heading that simply reads: The GitHub Dictionary.  Under which, it would be perfectly valid for you to list the GitHub terms that you believe would be most valuable to your viewers.

Figure 2:  reposotory

As if this blurb of non-sense couldn’t get any more inconsistent, the word repository has been misspelled.  Though oddly enough, immediately following the misspelling is a perfect and proper usage of single quotes!  Using ‘repos’ in single quotes is a great way to indirectly quote GitHub users who often use the word in this very way.

Figure 3:  “Forked”

Again, the inconsistency deployed upon this newscast by Fox News is equal parts alarming and abhorrent.  They’ve decided to use “Forked”, as if to quote someone directly.  Single quotes would have worked better in this case and would have arrived much closer towards coherent English.  No quotes at all would have been perfectly acceptable as well.   Unfortunately, the error here is far more severe.  Fox News, who apparently exists far outside of the realm of Google and Wikipedia, were unable to arrive at the definition of “Forked”.  Instead, they simply made it up…  Let’s compare Fox news definition of “Forked” to Wikipedia’s.  Do they align with one another?  We’ll let you be the judge.

Fox’ definition:  “the term for code editing”

Wikipedia:  In software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software. The term often implies not merely a development branch, but a split in the developer community, a form of schism.

Free and open-source software is that which, by definition, may be forked from the original development team without prior permission without violating any copyright law. However, licensed forks of proprietary software (e.g. Unix) also happen.

Figure 4:  “pull request”

Honestly, I’m too exhausted to continue nit-picking on Fox’s inability to deliver coherent English to their drone-army viewer-ship.  Instead, let’s just compare definitions again.  This time, we’ll compare Fox News rough envisage to the definition as it appears on GitHub.

Fox News:  e-note sent to the original code writer requesting edit rights.

GitHub:  Pull requests let you tell others about changes you’ve pushed to a GitHub repository. Once a pull request is sent, interested parties can review the set of changes, discuss potential modifications, and even push follow-up commits if necessary.

All I can say is, “don’t you eat that yellow snow” people.

Nanook Rubs It — Frank Zappa

Well, right about that time people
A fur-trapper (who was strictly from commercial)
Had the unmitigated audacity to jump up from behind my igloo (peekaboo) )
And he started into whippin’ on my favorite baby seal
With a lead-filled snowshoe

Source | @Huth

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • w.r

    ” Is so, then OK ” – Error Will Robinson.

    • Ian

      While I agree that Fox News should have done a bit more fact checking before making shit up and their use of quotation marks is all over the place. If someone is going to criticize others for spelling mistakes, they should make sure that there are no mistakes in their article before doing so. This article loses a bit of its credibility when the author decides not to proofread their own work before publishing it.

      • guest

        Muphry’s law.

      • William Eby

        It wasn’t misspelled. Just the wrong word.

  • G.F.

    Try picking apart MSNBC or CNBC’s drivel some time. You’ll get more consistency of mistakes from them.

    • William Eby

      Sorry, all the networks are a joke. Fox, MSNBC, even CNN. Jon Stewart is more credible than all of them, and he’s TRYING to be funny.

  • jb

    Do people still watch cable news networks? I thought those channels were a well known scam.

  • PiRo

    Anyone who uses FOX as their primary news source (or AS a legitimate news source) probably has no clue what this article is about anyways, or even that it is completely inaccurate as with most FAUX News articles.
    The channel itself is a remake of the 80’s HBO show, Not Necessarily The News, and their definitions (of things that their geriatric and biased fan base don’t understand) are nothing more than sniglets “A word that does not exist, but should”.
    If you are reading this, and take offense to the tone pointing out the ignorance of FOX and their viewers… Do us all a favor, go ‘fork’ yourself!

  • Keith Curtis

    The on-screen text isn’t great, but it is hard to describe to a non-technical person what is actually going on. At least Fox News had enough sense to realize this is a phenomenon worth covering, and didn’t lie and say they were communists.

    If MSNBC thought GitHub was a Republican idea, they’d have only demonized it. Make fun of Fox if you’d like, but if you think you get a lot closer to the truth from any of the other media sources, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, PBS, NPR, etc. then you are very mistaken. As proof, go through a few pages of these archives:

  • 2briancox

    Has anyone noticed that this isn’t Fox News?
    This is a different channel. It’s called “Fox Business”. Just as CNBC is not the same as MSNBC, Fox Business is not the same as Fox News.
    I think the author’s drooling desire to skewer Fox News is getting in the way of his reporting here. But, Ok. Thanks Dean. We get the fact that you hate right leaning news. Fine. But that has nothing to do with FOSS. To keep this story truly a story about FOSS, you’d have to be consistent with who it is you’re skewering.

    • lordpenguin

      Fox Business Network (FBN) is an American cable and satellite business news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network discusses business and financial news. Day-to-day operations are run by Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox News; Neil Cavuto
      manages content and business news coverage. As of August 2013,
      approximately 75,501,000 American households (66.11% of households with
      television) receive the Fox Business Network.[1]

      Chapter 1 is different than chapter 2 of your favorite novel, but it’s still written by the same person (assuming your favorite book is written by one person).

      You assume that I hate right-leaning news, but what I really get up-in-arms about is the lack of research on Fox’s behalf. A person can hope to be 100% accurate and fail. That person at least tried… That whole video package probably took less time than it did for me to collect information to copy & paste into this article.

      • 2briancox

        So that makes your Fox local TV channel the same thing also?

        • lordpenguin

          It’s all context sensitive. I don’t know anything about the organizational relationships between those particular networks.

  • bubba_jones101

    So Fox is wrong on github, big whoop.

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  • Luis Anaya

    Probably they meant:

    “Repo” = What happens when a big guy named “Bubba” comes to your house to take your stuff.
    “Forked” = How you feel after “Bubba” comes and takes your stuff.
    “Pull Request” = What initiated the “Repo” by “Bubba”.


    • CruelAngel

      You need more likes.

  • Me

    Although it should have been better fact checking it was Fox Business, Not Fox News they are 2 separate channels like MSNBC & CNN-
    Dean Howell the author should have better fact checking also….

  • straighter

    Fox News was better at describing GitHub than you were at criticizing Fox News.

  • HubbaHubba

    “Who exactly are you quoting here? Is one of your sources a person who refers to a collection of GitHub terms as “THE GITHUB DICTIONARY”? Is so, then OK —”

    I like how the author of this rant didn’t even proof read the article. Shouldn’t the “Is so,” be “If so,”…If you are going to rant about punctuation and grammer, you better be perfect or else a rogue “is” will rise up and smite you. LOL