The Disease of Fox News

Everyone knows Fox News is anything but ‘fair and balanced’. They haven’t used that slogan for ages because even they knew it wasn’t true. Now they wrap themselves up in their plastic patriotism and go deeper in on their concept of ‘traditional’ values. They angrily shout that America is great and everything else is bad. Anyone who dares to question them or their president shall be labeled ‘enemy’ and will be dispatched as such. They filter out the inconvenient truths and leave only the sweet distilled lies. They offer only half the story and call it journalism. For that there should be an asterisk mark by the News in Fox News.

I am in the unfortunate position where I am exposed to the channel on a daily basis and I can’t simply turn it off, as much as I wish I could. I have noticed things about Fox News and much of this isn’t new to anyone I know. I just feel the need to join in with the others to share these observations.

First, there is no news on Fox News. It appears they have an endless schedule of opinion shows where the host lays out the bones of the story and then shares their opinion and then brings on a live guest who shares that same opinion. No differing viewpoints. No unique angles. Just what they think and that’s it. Any opposing statements are offered in pre-recorded snips from other sources. They don’t dare have two live guests who would conflict with one another.

The majority of their coverage these days is trump. It seems every show is all about trump and the hurdles he faces each day. They get pro-trump guests to further spin the lies and fabrications of the administration and then trash any dissenting voice they can. They bend over backwards and back again to rationalize the president’s foolish remarks and baffling behavior. Today, as a point, a re-election official was on claiming there really were 12,000 in attendance at the trump rally in Tulsa. I have seen pictures from the rally and based on that and the fact that the venue only has 19000 capacity, there is no way there were 12000 people there. The fire dept. in Tulsa stated that there were less that 6200 people there, and since I see no reason why the fire department would need to lie, I’ll go with their number because that is also what looks factual. I’d say the trump campaign thug needs to learn math. 12000 people in a 19000 capacity venue would mean that more than half the auditorium would have been full. That place was barely half full with huge block of seats empty and not many people walking around. Of course, Fox News goes silent. They also failed to report that 6 trump staffers tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the rally. No face masks. No social distancing. They also said protesters scared trumpists away, but I fail to see how 120 peaceful protests could scare away so many of the kind of people who would go to a trump rally.

When Fox isn’t reporting on trump or bashing the civil unrest currently going on, they have shows where the host will just talk about things with the intent to anger viewers. One pundit went on about not being able to get liquor on an airline flight. He went on and on about it, yelling and getting upset. Clearly in a bid to rile up the viewers. The ‘news’ shows spread the lies and the opinion shows cement them and anger up the viewers. These two kinds of programs on Fox culminate in an angry person filled with a lot of bad information. Fox also makes sure they are the only source because they go after their rivals at CNN and MS-NBC calling them ‘fake news’ and constantly claimng they lie when the reality is that a fact checking poll proved that CNN and MS-NBC are more truthful than Fox. Fox was proven ot be untruthful nearly half the time with either misleading half-truths or flat out lies, or simply the omission of some information. And when they aren’t doing any of this, they’re showing funny animal videos. What journalism school did these people graduate from?

Fox News clearly carefully crafts and structures their information for their viewers in a very specific way and because of that Fox News isn’t news. Journalists are intended to be impartial and hold no sway over the news they report. CNN and MS-NBC, so far as I’ve seen, simply report the news as it happens with no spin or agenda. They have their opinion shows but usually they will have live guests from both sides of the argument in order to have a thoughtful debate on their topic. Fox has an agenda. It is widely known trump watches Fox. He speaks on the phone with Sean Hannity. Fox knows that their reporting has sometimes influenced public policy and I am sure that power is hard for them to resist, but that is not the function of a journalist. You don’t express your opinions with the intent to affect change in a world leader’s decisions in order to suit your own ends. You can if you want, but don’t call it news and don’t call yourself a journalist.

Fox News has now become more a propaganda machine for the GOP and it seems each day they become emboldened by trrump. Even when he denounces them in his tweets they still vie for his favor, almost begging him for him to love them again. I think it proves that not only has trump failed to make America “great again” but he can’t even improve Fox News.

Respect

I’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the recent ‘disrespect’ the President showed for our armed servicemen with his ‘latte-salute’.
It’s fascinating to me. Whatever Obama does is either an attack on something or other or complete affront to our precious American ideals; despite the fact other presidents have done similar acts with little to no notice. In this particular instance, George W. Bush saluted while holding a dog. You’ve all seen the picture and if you haven’t, check it out. I think his salute was way worse than Obama’s. Besides, give the man a break! He’s got the most stressful job in the world during one of the most stressful times in American history. He’s dealing with a Congress constantly fighting him here at home, a suffering economy, people screaming at him for progress on gun control, immigration, and a laundry list of other issues. So he steps off his transport and throws a fast salute to the servicemen. BIG DEAL! Besides, if you want to talk about proper respect, let’s look at how the Repubs and Fox News have been treating our President. From day one they’ve been hounding him for his birth certificate, there have been slurs and racial insults from the right wing media. Many of these continue even to this day. I’ve heard many times that if you don’t respect the man, at least respect the office. Yeah, it hasn’t been perfect, but can anyone name any president who did everything right and made everyone happy? Considering his wins, including stabilizing a nose-diving economy, redemption of the national GDP and reducing the unemployment rate, I’d say he’s done a pretty good job. If the Congress had tried to work WITH him instead of standing in his way every step of the way, one can only imagine the good that could have been done, but they were more obsessed with sabotaging his administration, and then when he used his executive power to sidestep Congress in order to get things done, they cry foul and accuse him of abusing his power. He was only using his powers because they refused to use theirs. It looks to me like the president was the only one up there who cared enough to work for his people while the overfed Senators and Congressmen, with their million dollar+ salaries, pursued their own agendas, and in some cases, those schemes brought this nation to the brink of disaster.
So you want to talk respect? Here’s a lesson: Give and get it. Simple as that. Don’t piss all over someone and then pitch a fit when the guy you’ve been dumping on falls short of your ideals of what respectable behavior entails. Try walking in that person’s shoes for a moment.