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Mon Jun 21, 2021, 03:43 PM

Eric Alterman: Not Now, Not Ever, Has Fox News Been Journalism

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Altercation: Not Now, Not Ever, Has Fox News Been Journalism
And it’s a dangerous delusion to misclassify it as such.
by Eric Alterman
June 18, 2021


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Fox News Channel is often described as a cable news station. On occasion, the words “conservative” or “biased” are attached to that description. But few dispute the journalistic orientation of the overall enterprise.

This is a mistake. Fox is something new—something for which we do not yet have a word. It provides almost no actual journalism. Instead, it gives ideological guidance to the Republican Party and millions of its supporters, attacking its opponents and keeping its supporters in line. And it does so at a hefty profit, thereby turning itself into the political equivalent of a perpetual motion machine.

Recall that last spring, David Frum lost his appointment at the conservative American Enterprise Institute before observing, “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox.”


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The implied threat of unfavorable Fox coverage works even better with Republicans. During the period of 2010 when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [Remember that Lindsey Graham?] was negotiating to join Democrat John Kerry and conservative independent Joe Lieberman in their attempt to craft an energy bill, the Republican warned Lieberman and Kerry that they needed to get as far as they could in negotiating the bill “before Fox News got wind of the fact that this was a serious process,” one of the people involved in the negotiations said to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.

“He would say, ‘The second they focus on us, it’s gonna be all cap-and-tax all the time, and it’s gonna become just a disaster for me on the airwaves. We have to move this along as quickly as possible.’”

The upshot was that, even way back then, Democratic Cabinet officials and Republican senators were afraid to do whatever they truly believed to be the right thing lest Fox twist it into some nefarious plot against “real” Americans. It did not matter that Fox anchors were nakedly lying (or in the case of Beck, were obviously nuts). With Breitbart, they were playing a deliberately doctored videotape, purposely out of context, in order to slander Sherrod and intimidate Vilsack. And the last thing in the world that mattered to the Fox executives who so frightened Lindsey Graham was the fact that the United States desperately needed some sort of response to the climate catastrophe whose reality the network continues to deny to the detriment of literally everyone on the planet who does not make money from it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 03:55 PM

1. I could not agree more, that faux news is the online equivalent of the 'National Enquirer',

whom if you recall, paid off to buy negative stories of djt.

How many such stories were bought, and covered up, since, more than likely, sometimes there were illegal acts by djt to begin with?

And covering up a crime/illegal act is illegal too, thus, the NDAs written to 'hide' such events are illegal to begin with.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 04:00 PM

2. Their job was to contradict everything from the other cable news networks...

It has ingrained itself into the hearts and minds of all Republicans, because they had no problem being the "opposing" viewpoint, even if the "opposing{ viewpoints were the truth and actual facts. They had to be "fair and balanced" in the name of partisanship. The other side, by definition, had to be wrong all of the time.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 04:34 PM

3. Pox News (deliberate typo)

reinforces their skewed notions of white supremacy and victimization.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 05:17 PM

4. Licensed only and entertainment...gauwd what passes for entertainment these days! Yuck

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Response to PortTack (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 09:16 PM

6. Fox News is not now, nor has it ever been,

licensed to operate on cable, there is no license requirement on cable, satellite or internet, the FCC has absolutely no power to regulate content on those venues.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 09:07 PM

5. My first Fox experience was hearing "rich, educated White Guys make the best decisions".

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 09:46 PM

7. Fox News' job is to scare the living shit out of white middle managers.

And they do so by convincing them that boogeymen (liberals/gays/immigrants/socialists/George Soros/Jewish space lasers) are coming for your (money/guns/daughters/property/community/Bibles/jobs).

They do this 24 hours a day and they have pundits screaming at you that this is happening somewhere. And it could happen - TO YOU!!!!! (dun dun dun!!!!). Then they invite carefully curated "experts" to keep you hooked on the drama. Rinse and repeat.

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