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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:04 AM

Like a fox -- how a TV channel is tearing America apart

A news network that, instead of providing actual news, gives white, conservative viewers the news they want to hear

A little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface.

They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.

It’s been a lucrative strategy. However, just making a buck wasn’t enough for them. They also wanted to shape the fortunes of the country they were dividing. Here, too, they had tremendous success.

And that is what is getting lost amid the outcry over Donald Trump’s latest round of racist tweets: The US president is often just parroting what he sees on Fox News.* His racism and distorted view of reality are a direct reflection of what this conservative network decides to put on the air.

While regimes throughout history have used propaganda outlets to get the word out and spread their ideology, in the US it is now very much a two-way street. Fox News is both a tool and a puppeteer, manipulating events directly and indirectly. In many cases, the network drives the conservative agenda with its programming. Then, when Trump and his allies pick up on it, Fox News gives them a platform to broadcast that agenda with no fear of criticism or being fact-checked.


Much more: https://www.salon.com/2019/08/10/like-a-fox-how-a-tv-channel-is-tearing-america-apart_partner/


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Reply Like a fox -- how a TV channel is tearing America apart (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2019 OP
KT2000 Aug 2019 #1
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2019 #2
PandoraAwakened Aug 2019 #3
Mike Nelson Aug 2019 #4
B Stieg Aug 2019 #5
DFW Aug 2019 #6
Joe941 Aug 2019 #7
Cosmocat Aug 2019 #8
sharedvalues Aug 2019 #10
RambleTamble Aug 2019 #9
muriel_volestrangler Aug 2019 #12
colsohlibgal Aug 2019 #11
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2019 #13
roamer65 Aug 2019 #14
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2019 #15
roamer65 Aug 2019 #16
UTUSN Aug 2019 #17
appalachiablue Aug 2019 #18
Kid Berwyn Aug 2019 #19

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:26 AM

1. I blame them

for the anger that is so prevalent now. They use techniques to keep people angry and agitated - what I call the adrenalin of hate. It gives otherwise listless people energy and the mistaken belief they are smart.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:29 AM

2. Good point. And I also blame them for fooling people into believing they're watching news.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:48 AM

3. I remember when...

we were outraged to find out that the Darth Cheney administration provided Faux Noise its talking points every morning, i.e. the birth of "state TV."

Now, we've truly come full circle: Once again we have yet another idiotic Rethuglican "president" (and yes, Dubb-ya was truly the village idiot of his time), but now state TV is calling the shots by not just feeding, but full-on mainlining talking points into the Oval Office.

The day Murdoch finally gives up the ghost of his rotting, racist carcass is the day I will literally dance in the street and probably shoot off a few fireworks as well.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:50 AM

4. Plus...

... they know how to play an attractive woman. Put her in the shortest mini-skirt possible, and place her on a couch or stool.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:55 AM

5. Yeah and "Bombshell" is about to come out!

The story of FOX's and Ailes' sexism, challenged...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:56 AM

6. Ailes had a rare candid moment in a 1996 interview

He was asked whether Fox "News" would be do objective reporting, considering that while he worked in the Nixon White House, he wanted a Nixon Administration news channel to counter CBS (then in the role of today's MSNBC) and their goal of factual reporting.

Ailes answered only: "we have an agenda."

True then, true now, and that agenda has nothing to do with truth or objectivity.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 05:05 AM

7. Until we do something about hate tv and hate radio it's only going to get worse...

 

If we can connect them to violent acts it should be possible to ban the media on the grounds of inciting violence.

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 05:54 AM

8. Genie is out of the bottle.

Fox and am are horrible, but the internet has expanded past that.

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 07:53 AM

10. Correct. Fox and Limbaugh are destroying the country

Rightwing internet sites hurt too.

The principal problem in the world today is that Rightwing have figured out how to buy power in democracies with hateful propaganda.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 07:13 AM

9. I have wondered Why did Murdoch choose the name FOX

The nearly 2,000 yr old writings in the book of Revelation speaks of a multi-headed beast that spews great blasphemies, and the bears the number 666. Did Murdoch seek dark spiritual forces to help nurture, build and exploit the hypocrisy of the American Christian?

F is the 6th letter of the alphabet
O is the 15th and 1+5 = 6
X is the 24th and 2+4 = 6


FOX news should be referred to as "666 news" or "The Beast's Mouthpiece"

IMO FOX and their echo chambers are doing a whole lot more that tearing America apart.

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Response to RambleTamble (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:58 AM

12. Or it's because his media company was already called "20th Century Fox"

which got that part of its name from William Fox, who was born Vilmos Fuchs before he anglicized it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Fox_%28producer%29

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 09:43 AM

11. Nothing But Propaganda

Other than having a couple of not in the tank for the right hosts, not in prime time, they are right wing shills.....and minus this right wing media no Trump, likely no Dubya. All made possible by Reagan axing the Fairness Doctrine.

Hitler had Goebbels Orange Creep has Hannity.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 04:07 PM

13. And it's considered newsworthy when any of their "hosts" break with the others

And actually tell the truth about something!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 04:38 PM

14. Eventually we will find out Murdoch is on the Kremlin payroll.

Mark my words.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 04:43 PM

15. Nothing would surprise me anymore

Something that would previously been unbelievable is now happening in this country every day.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 05:10 PM

16. I run a Faux Snoozeless household.

Do you?

Get rid of your cable/satellite package if it has it in it.

Don’t pay for that propaganda, folks.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 06:15 PM

17. K&R

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 06:26 PM

18. Fox is also FREE unike other cable stations, MSNBC, CNN

that cost. Fox Noise is aired all over the country and is the only news channel in some communities.

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