I always ask people one question after hearing them expound with very illogical assumptions or stress to me they have ‘facts’ which I need. ‘Facts’ which I know full-well are completely wrong.
“How do you get your news?”
The answer in these type of conversations is always the same. Almost gleefully they respond with “Fox News.”
It is simply stunning to me in a time when so many news options and sources of information exist that people chose to be fed misinformation and pure schlock. I watched the coverage of the massive political protest marches regarding union rights in Wisconsin (ACT 10) on national media to see how they were presented. It was Fox News who continually betrayed any sense of journalistic integrity and lied about violence and upheaval in Madison. None existed during that time. Placing a film image of what Fox News wanted to portray to the nation about the dreadful things happening in my city they decided to use footage of some location with a palm tree. I can assure all that no such trees can be found in Madison in winter!
Over and over Fox News allows for a harsh conservative set-of ideas to lead them to betray what should be the higher calling of a news operation. That is why those who watch Fox News are not informed news consumers or ready to talk with others about the issues this nation and world face. I feel sorry that so many are duped.
James Fallows comments on a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.”
“Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.”
Bruce Bartlett: “Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant –and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Fallows: When will Republicans who care about winning national elections, or actually governing, stop thinking of Fox as a help and start viewing it as a hindrance, and what will happen when they do?