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The media war on FOX News should scare freedom-loving Americans

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The media war on FOX News should scare freedom-loving Americans

The media war on FOX News should scare freedom-loving Americans
November 20
15:08 2019

Make no mistake.  The highly popular FOX News is being subjected to some random criticism.  The attacks on the more conservative network has risen to a philosophic war being carried out by the radical left elements that control much of the east coast media cabal.

There have been increasing numbers of jabs at FOX on CNN and MSNBC throughout their programming day.  These attacks have gone well beyond criticism of specific reporting to become essentially an institutional assault on the network – and ad hominin assaults on specific personalities.

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In what is a classic case of projection – applying one’s own negative traits to others – the Big Seven bubble-encapsulated media giants (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post) accuse FOX of being the communications agency for the Republican Party – and for President Trump.  The accuser’s particular express animus toward such program hosts as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

These ARE personality commentary shows, where narrow viewpoints are expected.  In principle, they are like the entire line-up on MSNBC, where there is virtually little news reporting throughout the day.  CNN also airs biased opinions in such personality opinion shows – including such hosts as Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

What is different is that the FOX personality shows are much more likely to include panelists with legitimate varying viewpoints.  CNN does a bit of that, but nothing close to the FOX policy.  MSNBC rarely provides alternative viewpoints.  They will put on apostate or false-flag Republicans or conservatives who parrot the same views of their most liberal Democrat guests.

Not only do the Times and Post engage in political partisanship – propaganda – in both their print and online editions, they populate those panels of parroting pundits that you find in the left-wing media.

The attacks on FOX have become more frequent and more scurrilous.  But these sniper attacks have escalated to all-out war in recent days – and it is coordinated and strategic.  CNN’s so-called media critic, Brian Stelter, recently spent an entire segment of his show to blast FOX as a propaganda vehicle Republicans.  (There is that “projection” I mentioned above).  Stelter’s smear was one of the most vicious – and dishonest – media-on-media attacks on record.

Hardly a day goes by without CNN and MSNBC talking heads taking a shot a FOX.

That was until the New York Times joined the ambush.  Times columnist Nicolas Kristof took up the attack for the print media.  Kristof harkened back to the good old days of the Nixon impeachment when virtually ALL news and views were tightly controlled by three major New York-based networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC.  It was a time, according to Kristof, that “Americans shared news sources and inhabited a similar political reality.”

In other words, the three elitist networks could better influence … nay, control … what we the people saw and heard.  If there is one thing that propagandist media deplores – besides the people they consider deplorable – it is alternative viewpoints.  Attacks on FOX have become attacks on that half of America that does not subscribe to the radical ideology and political bias spewing forth from the east coast media cabal.

This entire war on FOX is founded on a disdain for alternative viewpoints.  It is not enough to engage in debate over opinion, the attack on FOX is an effort to shut off all opinions that do not conform to the concocted narratives of the left-leaning news media.  They do it by censoring their own coverage and by limiting their contributors, analysts and other panelists to bobbleheads.

There is a secondary motive in their disparagement of FOX.  They are hoping that they can persuade viewers to switch channels and subscriptions.  FOX dominates the ratings in America.  According to the east coast cabal, that is because they attract a bunch of knuckle-dragging, ignorant misfits.  To avoid that characterization, the left believes, you need to change the channel.  It is nothing more than another manifestation of the left’s contempt for the average American.

All these attacks on FOX are nothing more than political propaganda.  Any objective analysis would show That FOX presents more alternative viewpoints than CNN and especially MSNBC – that almost never has anyone challenging their mendacious political briefs.

FOX also does not dwell all day long on the prosecution of Trump, Republicans and conservative values.  They provide a range of news not seen on the obsessively political new outlets.  FOX provides more coverage of other newsworthy world and domestic events – even non-political news and features.  That may explain FOX’s viewer popularity.  The average person can get a bit weary of the repetitious drone of anti-Trump analysis.

I once wrote a commentary under the headline, “Thank God for FOX News.”  Any fair-minded and freedom-loving American should be more thankful than ever.

So, there ‘tis.


New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof attacked the one network not pushing all-out for a Trump impeachment in the Sunday Review: “Is Fox ‘News’ Or Trump’s Bodyguard?” For the veteran liberal commentator, things were better during the Nixon impeachment period, when the three networks spouted the same brand of anti-Nixon corporate liberalism to an audience with few other news choices.

When President Richard Nixon’s Watergate misconduct was being dissected before congressional committees in 1973 and 1974, Republican support for him collapsed because most Americans shared news sources and inhabited a similar political reality.

In short, facts mattered.

Aides to Nixon did propose to him a plan to create sympathetic television news coverage; Roger Ailes backed the idea, and it eventually evolved into Fox News. And today Fox gives President Trump an important defense system that Nixon never had.


With Rep. Adam Schiff on the screen, Fox News’s graphic declared in all caps: “TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY IMPLIED THAT SCHIFF HAS COMMITTED TREASON.” At a different moment, the screen warned: “9/26: SCHIFF PUBLICLY EXAGGERATED SUBSTANCE OF TRUMP-ZELENSKY CALL.”

CBS, NBC, and ABC were strident supporters of Bill Clinton during his 1998 impeachment, but that’s not of import to Kristof. Fox News watchers are ignorant, Kristof discovered, through science:

Researchers have found that Fox News isn’t very effective at informing Americans. A 2012 study by Fairleigh Dickinson University reported that watching Fox News had “a negative impact on people’s current events knowledge.”

The study found that those who regularly watched Fox News actually knew less about both domestic and international issues than those who watched no news at all. N.P.R. listeners were particularly well-informed, the study found, but even people who got their news from a comedy program like “The Daily Show” — or who had no news source whatsoever — knew more about current events than Fox viewers.


However, using the study to bash Fox News was of dubious value since, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter writer Paul Bond:

….The average person getting their news from FNC answered 1.08 international questions correctly and 1.04 domestic questions correctly, both of which were lower than viewers of “no news.” Viewers of MSNBC scored next to last in international questions (also below “no news”) and third to last (ahead of “no news”) on the domestic questions. The study, though, didn’t actually identify people who got their news only from one source, so they used “multinomial logistic regression” to create representations of such people who were then compared “to a hypothetical construct of someone who had no recent news exposure.”

Kristof briefly admitted having “made countless mistakes in my career, and this newspaper makes them almost every day.” Then he harkened back to the Iraq War to bash the network.

….when Fox News anticipated that troops would be welcomed with flowers and that the war would pay for itself. Early in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I spent a scary, violent day with U.S. troops, and that night we watched a feed of Fox News — and our jaws dropped as commentators ridiculed critics of the invasion and blithely insisted that Iraqis were welcoming us as heroes. The troops and I looked at each other in astonishment.

That’s an interesting take from Kristof, given that he wrote more or less the same thing in a March 2011 column about the warm welcome received by U.S. troops in Libya after President Obama intervened to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi: “Hugs From Libyans.”

Kristof showed his wacky if the sincere belief that the federal bureaucracy should be responsible for every aspect of the lives of Americans, and any questioning of its infallibility is deadly:

The right-wing media bubble and its conspiracy theories can even be lethal. During the 2009-10 swine flu epidemic, Democrats and Republicans initially expressed roughly equal concern. But then conservative commentators denounced the Obama administration’s calls for vaccination as a nefarious plot. Glenn Beck, then of Fox News, warned that he would do “the exact opposite” of what the administration recommended.

As a result, Democrats, in the end, were 50 percent more likely to seek vaccination than Republicans, according to the Journal of Health, Politics and Law. Some 18,000 people died in that flu epidemic, so it seems logical that some died because they believed Fox News.

He concluded:

In the meantime, Fox News is aggressively defending Trump, joining in smears of public servants and playing a role in history that embarrasses many of us in journalism.

Speaking of “embarrassing” — has Kristof read his own paper lately?

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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