So, four years over and let’s take stock. We’re in the midst of a pandemic. Economies are in jeopardy from coast to coast. A big chunk of the country’s citizens are entrenched in conspiracy theories and living in a world of alternative facts. There’s a long list of people to blame, but I think a good portion of the blame lands on Fox News.
A network claiming to be a reputable news source but instead trades in lies and the advancement of false claims from and administration that is now famous for its fiddling with facts is far more danergous than some would think and the motives for their actions are almost tragic.
We have a significant number of politicians in the GOP who are determined NOT to work with President Biden and I’m willing to wager many of them have been seen on Fox News or watch it with some frequency. Now it’s true that Fox News enjoys the protection of the 1st amendment, but even so, I feel news organizations should be more mindful of the influence the wield. Sadly, I think Fox News is well aware of their clout and that in turn possibly has shaded their coverage. The people working there aren’t journalists. Their shows are exactly news shows. For the most part, the shows and pundits on Fox push opinions, not facts. They seem to select the facts they share as much as the facts they choose to withhold. There are stories that never make the light of day while some stories are repeated over and over until you almost can’t stand the words.
The point here is that the tailored truths of Fox News are becoming toxic in a very real way. People watch this channel and walk away truly believing the misleading information they were given. Some of those people hold positions of power in our government and their belief in what they hear on Fox News influences their choices as policy-makers. What is going to happen when more than half of the GOP on the Senate and in Congress refuse to work with the President? It’s not going to be good for the people and Fox News continues to dig in and propel their narrative, flying in the face of all impartiality.
Sadly, while some at the big F may believe their hype, I theorize that there are many others who simply enjoy the power of their influence. Sean Hannity will no longer be a shadow policy-whisperer to the ex-pres and I am fairly certain he is not happy about that. He had almost presidential power because his words had the opportunity to steer the country and that’s not the job or role of a journalist. They report the news, they don’t make it up as they go.
The lies of Fox News are spreading further than even they thought they would and are beginning to truly hinder not only government, but society as well. More hard Right media outlets are coming out of the woodwork and are cementing a lot of toxic thinking in the country today and that is making it virtually impossible for there ever to be peaceable co-existence in the future. I believe it can happen, but for the country to take a step in that direction, we all must be willing to accept the truth of reality and not slip on our blinders when it’s convenient. Belief is not evidence and just because more than one person says something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Truth won’t always agree with what you personally want and denying it doesn’t change anything. The truth is a stone, solid and real while lies contort and change to suit whatever you want to believe, or whatever someone else wants you to believe. Be it for power or money, a lie may seem harmless at first, but it grows stronger over time and only when it’s too late do you see how much damage it can really do.