Fox viewers seem to be an angry bunch. It’s as if they wear their MAGA hats as much to provoke as to proclaim.
Anger is in no short supply in America, there’s plenty to go around. Those of us not hardwired into Fox, though, are looking for solutions, not scapegoats.
Fox viewers have a remarkable ability to remain laser focused on simple messages and a short list of who’s to blame for their problems.
In 2016 it was “Lock her up.” In 2019 it’s “Send her back.”
In 1949 the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to present both sides of issues that were controversial and in the public square.
Sounds reasonable, no?
In 1987, just one year after Australian born media mogul, Rupert Murdoch founded Fox Broadcasting Company, the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine.
Coincidence? Maybe. If you believe in them.
In 1996, Murdoch created Fox News and hired Republican strategist Roger Ailes to craft a Conservative message machine.
Their goal was and remains to stir up anger and resentment without provoking thought.
If you are a Trump supporter and feel that you’ve been maligned by my description of you as under informed and over opinionated, don’t feel bad. Your leader suffers the same affliction.
Donald Trump has been a savvy manipulator of the press for decades. He has gone so far as to call reporters, pretending to be someone else, just to promote this “other guy,” Donald Trump.
Fox and Republican operatives like Karl Rove are almost prescient in their ability to identify potential threats to their plans of being the ruling minority.
The Democratic minority in the Senate actually represents about 40 million more Americans than Moscow Mitch’s Republican majority.
So much for rule of the people.
Republicans painted a bulls eye on Hillary Clinton’s back while she was still the first lady of Arkansas. Millions of Americans hate Clinton because they’ve been programmed that way.
They don’t know why, they just know they should. I covered a bit of that in, OK, dickhead, what ABOUT Benghazi?
Lyle L. of Glencoe, IL told me that he hated Hillary because she lied. He doesn’t know what she lied about or how he came to that conclusion. In his mind it was just “a fact.”
When challenged on his “facts,” Lyle just yells, in increasing volume, “It’s a fact, it’s a fact.” That means he heard if from Sean Hannity.
Trump put the icing on the cake that Fox put into the oven two decades ago. Like they’re raising mushrooms, Fox keeps its viewers in the dark and feeds them horse shit.
Fox viewers were already skeptical of anything that didn’t come from Hannity or Tucker Carlson or one of the interchangeable boobs on Fox & Friends, but Trump took it a step further.
Trump told them that anything that threw shade on him was “fake news.” Now everything’s fake news.
When Trump’s ass-seeking Attorney General William Barr issued a 3-1/2 page statement completely misrepresenting and misstating the results of the Mueller investigation, it was already a moot point.
The Trumpsters weren’t going to believe anyone who said anything other than, No collusion.
It’s long been said that truth is the first casualty of war and make no mistake, America is at war. Sadly, it is an internal conflict, much like the Civil War, but the stakes could not be higher.
Not only is democracy struggling to survive, but the future of a warming, melting planet may also hang in the balance.
All we have to do now is educate a not-so-small portion of the electorate that rejects fact, science and education, itself.
Buckle your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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