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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:53 PM

Fox News Is Killing The Republican Party (?)

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To describe Fox as a polarising broadcaster would be to give understatement a manly bear-hug. For Democrats and the liberal Left it is effectively an extension of the GOP press office, prosecuting a vicious and biased campaign against their candidates and values. For Republicans and the Right it provides a vital balance against the liberal prejudices of the Main Stream Media. But whatever the perceptions, Fox – to my mind – proved to be an albatross around the neck of Mitt Romney throughout this campaign.

I first noticed it over the whole Benghazi saga. Day after day Fox would breathlessly unleash yet another leaked cable, or internal State Department memo, exposing failures in the protection of Ambassador Stevens, his staff and his embassy. And I ignored them; firstly because there were so many ”revelations”, secondly because they were clearly being pushed as part of a wider political agenda and thirdly, because they were from Fox. And Fox, in my eyes, is synonymous with poor and partial journalism.

But in retrospect, some of what Fox was publishing was actually – in journalistic terms – solid material. Setting aside the crazy conspiracy theories, it was clear that concerns had been raised about security at the embassy compound. There were legitimate questions to be asked about the nature of the military response once the attack was under way. But these weren’t being asked – to any significant degree – by other media outlets. And they weren’t being asked – in part – because the story was being driven by Fox.

If I were one of Obama’s press officers I would have been offering up a silent prayer of thanks that Fox was devoting so much time and energy to the Benghazi story. Because that provided the Democrats with their best way of keeping the issue compartmentalised. “You’re a serious outlet,” I would have told any journalists following up “You don’t honestly want to be seen to be picking up and running with something Fox is peddling do you?” And I’d have been right. They wouldn’t.

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GoCubsGo Nov 2012 #1
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ffr Nov 2012 #3
DearAbby Nov 2012 #4
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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:54 PM

1. Good.

Let's hope it's mutually assured destruction.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:55 PM

2. I assume everything they say is a lie

Since it so often is. They discredit themselves.

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:05 PM

3. Oh let it be, let it beeeee. Oh let it be, ohhhh, let it beeeeee.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:07 PM

4. Well, that gives me pause.

Perfect cover.

Great observation there.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:18 PM

5. The problem with creating any alternative to reality

is that the real world insists on intruding just enough to make the pain from cognitive dissonance unbearable.

And if the real world intrudes enough, the more intelligent people who bought the alternative to reality because of wishful thinking are going to realize they've been lied to.

And then they will turn on the people who handed them that alternative to reality.

However, yes, it's a great way to kill an embarrassing story, make sure Pox News gets hold of it first. That way, no one else will touch it.

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Response to Flabbergasted (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:03 PM

6. If The Enquirer can be right about John Edwards

then Fox News can be right some of the time.

Being conservative does not automatically mean "wrong" and I think it is dangerous to think that way.

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