NewsFocus.org, Op-Ed, 121320
Here are some very important
issues that Americans need to consider when it comes to a
foreign entity steering their country's national news system and
The Erosion of Civility
Politics in the United States has oftentimes been
a most sordid and muddy affair, yet through the years
our political system has somehow still held onto a tenuous semblance
of civility, albeit a quite strained composure, very much akin to professional wrestling. While the
fight within the ring is usually heated, extremely contentious,
and oftentimes quite flamboyant, riding home in the same cab is
not too far from the truth when it comes to the theater of
politics and pro wrestling. Somehow, there has always been
modicum of respect for the opponent, even in the toughest of
times, but now, things have changed, for a new political
shit-show that is much farther worse.
That previous professional
respect now appears to have been cast to the wind, replaced by a
foaming-at-the-mouth, manic, off-the-chain, political hatred and vitriolic
partisan rancor, unlike any seen in the modern era. What we're
witnessing today in the US is something that has not been experienced in this
country for well over 150 years, with both Republicans and
Democrats beginning to mirror Confederate and Union reflections from a
The question many are now
asking is, how did we get here?
Ratcheting up the rancor: partisan political tensions have been
raised to the extreme in the US since 9/11.
The Birth of Partisan News
I would offer that it was not
this way in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or the 80's, however, the 90's
brought us something new and quite insidious, the birth of
partisan news. Such a concept has always been antithetical to a democracy
because truth historically is heralded as the essential key
component of a free republic and open democracy. The arrival of
News Channel in 1996 changed all of this for the US. The new
upstart FOX was politically partisan right from the start -
right-leaning and overly combative about
the left. When it came to arguing policy against liberal
Democrats their position appeared to be, if you can't
own the moral high-ground, then sully the discussion by
obfuscating the known facts. Muddy the water so that no one can
have clarity regarding the issue. Then offer your own talking points, even though they're not facts.
FOX News has never been shy about bending the truth, right from
Parsing the Truth
It's a fact that FOX News has been accused of asking its reporters to do unethical things or
to shade their reporting. There have been cases where FOX reporters were asked
to water down a story
for corporate interests, despite the fact that censorship of such stories might
possibly propose a potential risk to their viewers.
unsettling of all is that FOX literally
argued in court that there was no law stating that you had to tell the truth
on television - and they actually won.
As a matter of fact, when speaking
about FOX News night time host Tucker Carlson,
Fox News lawyers
argued in court, Carlson is not “stating actual facts” but simply
engaging in “non-literal commentary.” All one can really say to that is, it's an extremely diplomatic (bullshit) way of saying
that he isn't telling the truth.
Time magazine has said
this about FOX, "A network known for
new-fashioned provocation and opinion." That's a very gracious
descriptor to use for a network that appears to go out of its way to feature as
much partisan venom as possible, while also embracing tabloid standards of
journalism that continually challenge the truth, whenever it suits the FOX
Given this unsettling legal context about FOX News, here is where
the perfect storm all comes together - it is a fact that many people actually
(gullibly) believe it is illegal to lie on television - when in fact nothing of
the sort is even close to the truth. (Again, see the FOX News court victory
noted above) As most might suspect, this is obviously an extremely bad mix
when good, honest, naive people such as this come in contact with an
unscrupulous network such as that of FOX News. Propaganda becomes so much easier
to deploy when the subject implicitly trusts the messenger. It literally becomes
like shooting fish in a barrel.
Some have gone so far as to call FOX parent company News Corp a “propaganda
operation masquerading as a news service.” Arguably, this is not so much a
keenly accurate assessment as it is a gross understatement of reality. To that
point, there are some actual studies published that have shown FOX News viewers to be
most uninformed of all. That's not exactly a promising sign for a news
organization. That's pretty much like people getting fat from Weight Watchers. It's
like a monastery that only graduates thieves or a convent that produces nothing
but whores. All in all, it's not exactly what you would expect from a news
organization, having the most uninformed viewers. This becomes a telling
testament to the way FOX presents news.
Principle and Ethics
It wasn't just the partisan
slant that initially defined FOX News early on, but also the
fact that reporters were encouraged to "spin" their stories, to
fit the Republican message of the day, going against the grain
of accepted journalistic standards. They have deliberately
rejected traditional US news standards, to adopt tabloid gossip
standards instead, something for which the Murdoch publishing
much experience with. History shows that the News Corp
empire has been
rooted in propaganda, from its inception in 1922.
The FOX News apple doesn't
fall far from the News Corp tree. FOX News has shown that it
will do whatever it can to vilify its political opponents, all
the while glossing over the sins of those they seek to glorify
within their political universe. Case in point, just look at
FOX News' portrayal of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking
of minors scandal. FOX News deliberately edited the pictures of
Trump out of the photo, leaving Melania instead. This is an
example of how a so-called "news" organization becomes
politically partisan to the point where they are trying to hide
news or alter it in a way to unduly influence their audience.
This is the clear line between news and propaganda that FOX
shamelessly disregards and willfully exploits for political
This video shows how FOX News edited Trump from the photo. The news outlet said later
that it "regretted
For the record: to be clear,
partisan news has nothing to do with good journalism. Once it
becomes partisan (with a definitive political slant), it
quickly becomes defined as something completely different
from truthful news. It immediately changes into disinformation and propaganda
because once you start "spinning" a story, you are essentially coordinating the beginning
of a lie.
As a student of broadcasting and journalism, I remember
distinctly how the value of the truth was preached, over and over, endlessly, ad
nauseam. As a matter of fact
there are many rules that apply to being a good broadcaster, but one of my
favorite instructors summed it up this way - the first two rules were the most
important of all. He told us, "If you remember nothing else, remember these
first two precepts of journalism. Number one, always follow the truth. The truth
is the story. Always find the truth. Number two, never allow yourself any
affiliations or entangling alliances that would prevent you from following rule number one."
Simple as that. Truer journalistic advise would be hard to come
by, yet at times it seems a far cry from the corporate news machine that
currently exists, specifically so for FOX News.
those who do not know, it needs to be noted that foreign ownership within the
US media system has always been very restricted, through the Communications
Act of 1934 - with one very good reason - so that foreign
entities could not influence our political system, or
usurp our fundamental American principles of democracy.
It was rational thinking with a national purpose.
Section 310 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended ( 47
U.S.C. § 310 [a], [b] )
For those who also do not
know, FOX News owner Rupert Murdoch and NewsCorp are from
Australia. They are the first foreign entity to be allowed into
the US media.
The Public Interest
Along the lines of this same thought process regarding foreign
ownership, the domestic
co-ownership of mixed media was also frowned upon because it
would allow the propagation of only one voice which could
dominate a region or local political arena. There was a
restriction for anyone to own more than one signal in a market
or to sell broadcast stations at random. As a matter of fact, a
station owner was actually required to hold on to a property for
a specified amount of time, even if that broadcast signal was
losing money. In those days, having a broadcast signal was
treated as a sacred public trust, stringently bestowed upon by
the FCC. The main decree of the FCC back then was all about
acting in the public interest.
Under the Reagan era of
de-regulation, all of that changed. As a former
broadcaster, Reagan alleged that he wanted to help the industry,
but it wasn't the broadcasters or broadcast audiences he helped
with de-regulation, it was the broadcast owners who benefited
So much for acting on behalf of the public interest.
Another notable and significant
broadcast rules change
that came from the Reagan administration was the dissolution of the
which had previously provided for equal viewpoints on a given
subject. It specifically provided for a balanced view
politically, as well as provisions for a response from both
major parties. It also provided for equal time on a broadcast
station if someone was attacked publicly. This law went out the
window under Reagan's FCC. Many now feel it is no coincidence
that after removing this act, we have seen the rise of
politically partisan news.
In regards to this, many at
the time made the false argument that the issue was about the
broadcast vs. cable, however, in reality such an argument is inconsequential and
irrelevant to the overall intent of the act because the overall
purpose should be to regulate outlets that provide television
and radio content, not necessarily the delivery of
said content. This viewpoint would essentially render the
broadcast vs. cable argument into an issue of technical
semantics, but unfortunately that is not how it played out
historically. Broadcast and cable program dissemination were
viewed differently, rather than recognizing them as delivery
vehicles of the exact same product. In turn, US program content
eventually became compromised, because it was now basically
regulated by its source. Cable was given a pass by the FCC.
The Arrival of FOX Television
top of all of this, despite the national reservation on foreign
investment of media, Rupert Murdoch was allowed to put FOX
television on the US airwaves in 1986, in a move now eerily
reminiscent of the mythical Greek Trojan horse. Murdoch
accomplished this by skirting the network requirements for
air-time required to qualify as a network. The Fox
programming schedule was very limited, as it still is. They had no daytime
programming, relying instead on syndicated shows such as Judge
Judy. The prime time line-up still only runs until 9pm. Unlike
the other television networks, they have never had a formal newscast.
It was a look the other way
from the Reagan FCC that allowed FOX television to sneak through the backdoor
of the US media system, as a fourth option to the big three of ABC, CBS
FOX began with a prime-time
programming line-up that was controversial and edgy, with shows
that were much different from the big three networks.
Married With Children
Beverly Hills 90210
Eventually, a US audience
began to watch and the ratings started to go up. The edgy
alternative shows were catching on with young viewers. The other
big-three networks began to react to the rise of FOX by altering
their own prime-time programming. For the first time since its
inception, the foundations of US television were shaken to the
core. As their corporate bottom lines eventually became
affected, so did the programming direction of FOX competitors.
It would only be the beginning of the FOX takeover of US
Around the same time, in 1988,
another shock hit the US airwaves, only this time it was on the
radio as Rush Limbaugh made his national debut. Soon his
broadcast became home for the political right as Limbaugh
quickly vaulted to the top of US talk-radio. Love him or hate
him, the polarizing impact of Rush Limbaugh on US radio
audiences and on US politics cannot be overlooked. Limbaugh
changed the tenor of political talk-radio.
Along with Rush came another
critical piece to the conservative push, the arrival of Newt
Gingrich, who featured an in-your-face, dog-eat-dog, mortal
enemies to the end mindset when it came to politics. For the
first time, Democrats were portrayed not just as just political
opponents, but as evil villains to be despised and hated.
Gingrich-style politics brought the term anything goes to
a new level in US politics. With a new battle cry and a general
to lead them, the 1994 Republican Revolution took place with
Republicans winning control of the house and senate for the
first time since 1952.
Two years later, Rupert
Murdoch would capitalize on this new GOP wave with the
introduction of America's first partisan news outlet, as
conservative leaning FOX News Channel was born in 1996. FOX News
captured an audience that felt it was not represented by the
major big three networks, or so it was able to convince its new
US viewers. FOX News set a tone right from the start by naming
longtime GOP consultant Roger Ailes as its head of operations.
Ailes gained notoriety from his work on the Reagan and George HW
Bush campaigns. He was also noted for the remark, "
If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, "I have a
solution to the Middle East problem," and the other guy falls in
the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the
evening news?" That should have been a red-flare to all on
how Ailes would conceptualize the presentation of FOX News.
One of the tools used by
FOX to pull in male viewers was the addition of sports
programming - both college and pro - specifically the NFL, NBA
and MLB, but nothing worked to attract male viewers as well as the FOX dress code
for its female anchors and reporters. Tits and ass were as much
a part of the resume as previous broadcast experience. The
lecherous Ailes was the architect of what soon became
"FOX News porn." With shirts cut low and skirts cut high, FOX
shamelessly promoted sex as an enticement for male viewership.
Despite the fact that sex sells, one would think such a blatant
display of sexism would have been a personal affront to its
religious-right viewers, but apparently so long as right to
life is part of the platform, moral hypocrisy is perhaps
easier to swallow and digest for those wishing to espouse piety and
virtue. A dedicated right-leaning message was finding a hungry
Once again the major networks
work react to FOX, but this time it was the news side. Cable
took notice as well, with CNN also making adjustments of its
own. Murdoch's young upstart FOX network was having a decisive
effect, not only on US viewers, but also on US broadcasting and
news presentation as a whole.
Perhaps the most important
thing it would definitely influence would be US politics.
The advent of the FOX News
Channel and conservative talk-radio was a formidable new
addition for Republicans in 1996. Suddenly America was exposed to news
and commentary with a defined
conservative political skew. With a nation of media-directed
lemmings, this was a new concern for liberals. What happened
in '96 was a media infrastructure addition so huge, it was
immediate newfound media muscle to influence and indoctrinate many
non-thinking Americans - and it worked. The byproduct of this
investment is now paying political dividends, in more ways than one.
conservative media expansion was also taking place in radio as well, with
the monopoly-esque takeover of talk-radio. Longtime
liberal voices were cast out, as conservatives took hold of the
talk-radio airwaves. Conservative leaning broadcast groups such
Clear Channel Communications, Sinclair, Cumulus and Nexstar were
all pushing the message of the political right. The takeover of
talk-radio was a major component in the effort to
steer America more conservative, something that was becoming increasingly
to many US observers.
Persuading a Nation
Let's now look at
US politics since the advent of this 1996 conservative media
push and see if we
can weigh its effect on America.
First off, before the conservative media push, Democrats
controlled the Senate from 1955 all the way up to 1994 with
Clinton, yet the Gingrich-led Republican Revolution, along with
the the arrival of FOX News and
conservative talk-radio, ended that dominance by Democrats. The
balance of US political power was shifting, and conservative
thirst was growing as many US viewers began to drink from
the Murdoch Kool-Aid well.
Through 2018, Republicans have held more political power since the
US conservative media push began, but with much of their
platform built on political divisiveness and disinformation,
with all all of it echoed by GOP mouthpiece FOX News.
[ The following are pre-2020 election
President: 2-1 in favor of Republicans
Senate: 7-5 in favor of Republicans
House: 9-6 in favor of Republicans
ultimate in full political control is having charge of the top
three political power structures in the US... 1) the Presidency,
Senate and 3) the House. This is undeniably the top prize in US
politics. This is how you push change.
Republicans also held full political
control again under George W. Bush from 2003-2007 and again under
Obama from 2015 to 2016 and again from 2017 to 2019 under Trump. Democrats have held full control only
once since 1996. That was under Obama, briefly, from 2009 to
An argument could be
made that without the additions of FOX television and
conservative talk-radio, Democrats might have had far more
political gains during this time period.
FOX Viewer Loyalty
Because FOX caters
almost exclusively to their audience's political ideals, the FOX
viewer has become
extremely loyal to the network. This creates an omnipotent
view of the network which can create inherent problems, such as
overly trusting and very accepting of seemingly any message that
comes from its hosts. They no longer use the same
discerning eye for what is being presented to them, that they do
for the rest of the media. This has the effect of lowering their
guard and becoming vulnerable to exploitation, disinformation
and propaganda. FOX is well aware of this devotion and political
reverence. As such, they willfully and shamelessly exploit and
manipulate their core older white audience in this manner,
mostly through the wanton use of disinformation and fear.
The fact that the news and opinion being delivered is directly
geared to the political mindset of its viewers is an easy sell.
FOX viewers seem to have no qualms with the idea of partisan
news. They feel it is the only media outlet that expresses their
political viewpoint. As a result, FOX soon became like an
exclusive club or a private gated-community to its viewers. It
has become a rallying point for the right. Only recently has
competition risen up. For the left, FOX News has become a
volatile, caustic mix of political disinformation and
propaganda, one which many feel has a disturbingly familiar and
haunting echo of the political rhetoric and fervor from 1933
Not only has FOX News understandably
become a magnet for conservative Republicans, but it would seem for
everything else far right-wing as well. Judging from
conservative protests, neo-Nazis, militia groups and
even the KKK all seem to find the FOX News message appealing to their base,
even though FOX tries desperately - irrationally - to claim that the US Nazi movement is tied
to the liberal left. No matter what FOX reporters and their
talking bobbleheads might say, neo-Nazis are not watching
MSNBC. Again, judging from the protest crowds, they do appear
to be watching FOX, as well as
other conservative outlets such as NewsMax and OAN.
The platform of the conservative party definitely
much more far-right under Trump. It became acrid,
antagonistic and divisive. It also become exclusionary as well.
The current state of the conservative party more resembles the
mentality of an angry white mob ready for a lynching than it does a
peaceful political party.
voices of anger - from the original line-up of Sean Hannity,
Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter, to the present day line-up of
Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham - FOX
commentary and opinion very much seems to be about divisiveness.
It is not beyond the norm for FOX talking heads to stir up
hatred and contempt for those not associated within their
political orbit or ideology, such as Mexico, Iran, North Korea
and China, and most certainly their # 1 political enemies,
liberal Democrats. This is the one thing that FOX seems to excel
at, being divisive and pointing the finger of blame at others,
whether they are correct or not.
For the record, the net
effect of spewing unfounded opinion, as if it were gospel, very
much becomes brainwashing, for all intents and purposes because
the message is being delivered to a very loyal and overly
trusting audience that is highly acceptive of anything from the
lips of its network mouthpieces. There is no better audience
to deliver disinformation and propaganda to, than one that is
trusting of those feeding them the lie. When used in
an exploitive manner, it can become
inflammatory and dangerous when those receiving it have no real
understanding of the facts or the issue at hand. Unfounded
political opinion not based in fact is nothing more than
unsubstantiated, baseless political hate-speech. It
is a far cry from fact-based opinion. The end result of
this is, it has
had an extremely negative effect on the US.
Some might say that this has been
by deliberate purpose and design, to undermine our democracy and
our country. Again, just as a reminder to all, for the first
time ever, a foreign entity has been allowed to sail freely through our media system for a quarter century now,
steering our country in ways that were once prohibited
under the Communications Act of 1934. The Telecommunications Act
of 1996 has undeniably had a profound effect upon our republic
and its democracy - and not for the good.
Ideals that were once hallmark tenants of our country,
such as "the invitation to
all," are now presented as foreign outdated relics by FOX, yet they used to be the bedrock for what
this country has always stood for. The rabid conservative cries of, "This is our
country - you don't belong here," have become a clarion call
for the right, resulting in an audacious attempt to replicate the
Chinese wall on the southern US boarder.
For the record: unless you are
of native American descent or Mexican-American heritage, your forefathers were all immigrants to this country.
They didn't belong here. They were foreigners. This fact
very much seems to be lost on the pundits from FOX.
It is disheartening to see people influenced (propagandized) to reject and disparage
a basic foundation of this country, Lady Liberty's offer of hope to all...
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost
to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
conservative rhetoric over incoming foreigners is clearly
antithetical to the "American Dream." If such thinking
had been in
place right from the start, most of us would not be here and
the US would never have become the great nation that it did.
Former employees of FOX
tell horror stories about their experiences of working there. One former
longtime Fox News analyst calls the network a ‘destructive
propaganda machine.’ Others have weighed in as well. CNN anchor Alisyn
Camerota, a former Fox News anchor, has said she was, "upset about the
blurring of the lines between propaganda and journalism.”
Former FOX anchor Shepard Smith said in a 2017
Time magazine interview
that he wasn't bothered
by the dichotomy of FOX's daily news and its nightly opinion
shows. "We serve different masters. We work for different
reporting chains, we have different rules. They don’t really
have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want
- if it’s their opinion."
In the same interview he
also said, "People who maybe aren’t with us all the time who
aren’t regular watchers, maybe there is some sort of confusion
about what’s opinion and what’s news."
Smith later added,
“I get it, that some
of our opinion programming is there strictly to be
In regards to this last
comment, my personal critique would be that "entertaining" is the
absolute wrong word to use when such opinion is
still closely associated as news, just as FOX News
presents it. Such a cavalier assessment about political hate
speech that has been so destructive to our union is to
understate its negative, divisive effect. History has shown us many
times over that incendiary political language, steeped with
intense anger, more often than not has extreme dire consequences
for someone. At some point, you have to realize that
such views are not entertaining.
They are just the polar opposite. They are hateful and divisive
- and that's a far cry from being amusing.
This is the issue with
FOX News. It is also something that once again eerily echoes
distant, divisive rhetoric of Nazi Germany, all
In a 2021 post US Capitol attack
interview with CNN's Christian Amanpour, Smith actually
spoke out with a bit more defiance, saying, "My goal was just
to keep the blinders on and do my job to the best of my ability.
I am always concerned when people... opine all you like, but if
you're going to opine, begin with the truth and opine from
there. And it's that... that deviation from that, that has
caused me the greatest concern."
He added, "And I believe that when people begin with a false
premise and lead people astray that's injurious to society and
it's the antithesis of what we should be doing. Those of us who
are so honored and grateful to have a platform of influence have
to use it for the public good. I slept very well. I don't know
how some people sleep at night because I know that there are a
lot of people who have propagated the lies and have pushed them
forward over and over again - who are smart enough and educated
enough to know better. And... I hope that at some point those
who have done us harm as a nation - and I might even add, as a
world - will look around and realize what they've done, but I'm
not holding my breath."
Smith then opined a bit
himself, correctly saying, "We as consumers of news, myself
included, have to be better at it. Personally, if I read a
by-line or I watch a program where the author of the speaker has
repeatedly misinformed me, led me astray, or lied to my face, I
shut that source off."
In regards to any possible
future viewership of FOX News, Smith concluded by saying, "I
haven't been watching and I don't plan to."
How much truth is possible when news organizations and
journalists try to bend a story to follow a particular political
Walking the Talk
Conservatives often defend the political
partisanship of FOX News by
myopically claiming that
MSNBC does the exact same thing, however, nothing could be further from the
truth. The fact is, FOX is all conservative all the time, but MSNBC actually
splits the ticket, by giving up its most valued day-part in its programming
schedule, lucrative morning drive, for a staunchly right-wing conservative talk
show featuring Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the latter being the
daughter of NWO poster child Zbigniew Brzezinski. If this how liberals spread
their alleged message of radical socialism, it's certainly a very confusing
message - one that arguably doesn't aid the progressive left. (I'm just trying
to point out the obvious here.)
Ask yourself this, would FOX ever give up it's valuable
Friends morning show with Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade,
for a Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren show? Bringing lefty Dennis Kucinich on
from time to time as an
occasional guest, or having Juan Williams served up as liberal fodder for a
five-person conservative panel of pundits, is not the same as turning your valuable morning drive programming
over to the liberal left. Given this very important distinction, it would seem
that by logic, MSNBC should actually be the one using
"Fair & Balanced" as their official slogan. FOX News on the
other hand because of its narrowcast focus, could
arguably be called Unfair & Biased, instead.
To be perfectly fair, neither FOX nor MSNBC are doing journalism
news any favors. They are essentially the real "fake" news. They don't give
it to you straight up. You get it politically slanted. Given this bias, they do
not fit the definition of a true news organization, however, MSNBC
is much closer to mainstream news because they will out bad Democrats
when needed. To the contrary, it would appear that FOX News does not go after
those within their own party, as evidenced by their deliberate editing of photos
that depicted Trump's association with
a child-sex trafficker, Jeffery
Epstein. Given this deliberate obfuscation of the facts, it would appear that
Murdoch's FOX is not only very willing to look the other way when it come to the
accountability of conservatives, it also appears quite willing to falsify
evidence, to mislead its viewers.
perfect examples of FOX News deception would be the the false and repeated claim
that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen, as well as their handling of the January 6, 2021 US Capitol
invasion by loyal Trump supporters. In spite of the fact that Trump deliberately held an
morning rally to encourage and whip up the crowd, adding that he would also be walking
along with them, FOX News once again
carried water for Trump and
shamelessly spun the attack as being coordinated and organized by Antifa and the liberal left. The claim is ridiculous in lieu of the fact that most Americans had already
rally in the morning and then later that day saw with their own eyes the number of
blue Trump flags of those who stormed the building. To
try and place the blame on the liberal left, when this was an
Trump rally, is not just stretching the truth as much as it's a total
180-degree distortion of reality. FOX News has been selective about the video it
shows, trying to minimalize the sea of red MAGA hats and blue Trump flags it
shows on-air. This becomes yet another disturbing hypocritical example of FOX
News having a difficult time in telling the truth and calling out their own.
FOX News also appears to have consciously downplayed the riots at the US
Capitol, with Tucker Carlson simply describing the attack as a "Protest that got out of
hand." That would not be an accurate assessment, in the least. A protest that
got out of hand might better describe a civil protest regarding cops killing
civilians, but not an assault on the US Capitol, which just happened to hold the
Senate and the House which were both coincidentally in the process of trying to certify electoral college
votes for the
2020 Presidential election at the time of the attack.
Social media records are now showing that the Capitol event was not just a mob
incited to action, but also a deliberately
coordinated and well-timed insurrection, likely engineered to disrupt the
certification process. The bottom line here is, when you look at the difference
in network news coverage, all news networks are focusing on the Capitol attack, except for FOX
News, which has decided instead to focus instead on censorship and a non-existent 1st amendment
argument, all because Trump was banned from privately owned Twitter, primarily
for inciting the riots.
For the record... the
UK recognized the danger of FOX' blatantly skewed partisan news to fairness
and accuracy and in 2017
actually purged them from their airwaves.
1996 Conservative Media Expansion
It needs to be noted that Reagan was not the only one to affect
US broadcasting. The Bill Clinton administration also played a
definable role in the takeover of the US media through the Telecommunications Act of
1996, overhauling FDR's Communications Act of 1934.
(Clinton also infamously overturned FDR's Glass-Steagal Act as
well.) In all fairness though, it has to be noted that these
were all Republican introduced bills that were sponsored
and pushed through by a Republican majority in both the House
and Senate. Clinton then went along with the Republican majority
and signed both bills. The net effect of the new Telecommunications Act
changes to the station ownership rule, making it possible to
buy more than one signal in a market.
de-regulation made a dramatic change in previous ownership
limits, allowing ownership of more than one signal in a market
and the re-sale of a station license as easily as selling real
estate. This created something this author likes to refer to as "Century 21 Broadcasting"
because it suddenly made it possible to sell stations at will
and to own more than one broadcast signal in a US market. It
overnight made media dominance of a market or region possible to
the ultra-wealthy and their corporate interests. Now, it was
possible for the wealthy to dominate the media in ways never
before possible. (The SCOTUS Citizens United ruling also makes
becomes very apparent in all of this is that an organized
conservative shift was taking place at that time in the US
media. The 1996
arrival of the FOX News Channel, coupled with
the conservative take over of talk-radio, was clearly no coincidence.
The timely Telecommunications Act that year would seem to
confirm as much. The impetus in '96 was nothing
short of an all out attempt to push this country more
conservative. (For the record, the Telecommunications Act of
1996 was brought to the Republican led House and Senate by Bob
Dole (R) and John McCain (R) who both sponsored the bill, but it
was Democrat Bill Clinton who signed it. This may be confusing
to some, but truth be told, Clinton has not always worked
for the best interests of the Democratic party. Consider his
very close affiliation and partnership with George HW Bush after
leaving office. A case could be
made that, by his own actions, Clinton bows to another
authority. Such an entity would be the uber-wealthy who have all the
real power in this world and do not cater to left and right
causes, per se. Politicians and our political system have long
been mere tools
for the ultra-wealthy.) With this said, the year 1996 should be noted and
remembered for the documented
and concerted effort to lay
a new conservative foundation for this country, arguably moving
the nation much closer to accepting the long sought fascist values and ideals
of the super-rich.
Attack From Within
The United States now finds
itself in much the same position that Troy found itself in, when
the Trojan horse eventually dispatched its secret hidden cargo to
seize the city. It needs to be recognized that the 1996
conservative media wave was no accident. It was an organized
effort to push the US into embracing a more conservative,
right-leaning political ideology. It also needs to be noted that
ideology is much farther right than the GOP of my youth,
instead hailing to a dark predecessor from
my parent's era, a much farther right force that we already
defeated once in 1945.
new FOX influenced GOP is much farther right than it is moderate or
center-cut, and all of it is dispensed under the guise of red, white and
blue, with countless US flags and shining stars to enchant their
audience, much like a shiny object to a captivated dog. That
analogy is very much closer to reality than many would like to
admit. The reality is, the awareness and recognition of an
outside foreign entity with no US allegiance, using
patriotic stage props as enticements, has been naively lost on
the multitude of ignorant US viewers - just like candy to the
gullible young victims of a child predator.
Those unsuspecting of the ruse see all the stars and stripes - and
they watch - out of an ingrained patriotism, falsely thinking
that a foreign owned network is all about preserving US
Again, nothing could be further from
The fact of the matter is,
there is an agenda at hand. The
US is being shifted to a more conservative way of political thinking, one
perhaps more willing to embrace fascist undertones of the right, an ideology that has
consistently been held as antithetical to a democracy, but
worked at earnestly by the uber-rich since the early 1900s. It's an ideology
they once financed and fervently tried to push, first through
the Bonus Army attempted coup to overthrow FDR, then the later
support of Hitler in Nazi Germany. They have since found
new ways to push that same fascist agenda at home, although cloaked in a
much different light. Since
1996, it can be argued that Americans have been inundated with
right-wing propaganda through a meticulously masterminded and
carefully orchestrated effort of deliberate intent and clear
objective. Sadly enough, it is working. The recent
2020 election should be proof enough of that.
News is meant to be
informative and enlightening, bringing knowledge and
understanding to society about the contemporary events happening
around us daily. When the news reporting becomes compromised and
is no longer about factual truth, it also becomes an inherent
danger and a poison to the society that is consuming it. Thus, an honest
news media is an essential core component of a free and open
democracy. Some call this the fourth estate, however, if you
look closer, given the make-up of today's corporate news, it is
nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
estate, in its worst iteration, is often accused of steering the nation's
news purely for political and economic policy reasons. This would appear to
depict the role of today's corporate media accurately enough, although many
don't have a proper grasp on the historical background behind our news system. The first dawn of
news control occurred in 1915, when JP Morgan associates bought control of the
nation's top 25 newspapers. It was an effort by the ultra-wealthy
to drive the US into WWI through the
Preparedness Movement. The second wave of news control came with the CIA's
infiltration of the media through
Operation Mockingbird, which was exposed in 1975 by the
Committee. The third iteration now
has media members as part of the
Foreign Relations (CFR). Given these numerous instances of entangling alliances, it
would seem quite apparent that, by its actions, the fourth estate is indeed about directing policy of state, as well as maintaining the status
quo in society. The effort is not to inform as much as it is to steer public
thinking in regards to critical issues that have state consequence.
However, in its most altruistic and beneficent form, an honest
news media is a
necessary and vital, key component for any democracy. Today, this is coming more
from free lance journalists and independent media. Together, they have become
the fifth estate.
There is also much citizen journalism from the internet, but that too often gets
sullied by others who do not conduct due diligence and proper research in their
reporting, which too often reaches tabloid levels as far as truthfulness.
Facebook and Twitter are good examples of bad resources for news because
more often than not, they are regurgitated hearsay from unreliable, partisan or
The bottom line is, our press is an essential necessity for
holding our elected leaders accountable. Without it, how do we know who the good
guys and bad guys are? It has always been said that we need an honest news media as part of
our checks and balances, as a caretaker of our republic and our democracy.
Without it, we have no watchdog to protect our hallowed and precious rights, liberties and
freedoms. A strong, honest and unbiased free press is the only hope of
preserving a democracy of "we the people." It is absolutely essential for its
survival. The reasons for this should be simple and easy enough for anyone to understand.
The Key to Any Takeover
For the record: the way to topple a democracy from within is to
fool its people. The way to fool the people is really not that hard - you
simply steal their news media.
This is exactly what has happened because the ultra-rich who have
been attacking our way of life and our Constitution, also just happen to own our
media system. Some might rightfully call this "check and checkmate."
They would not be far from the truth. The media rule changes under both Reagan
and Clinton have been demonstrably one sided. They have been extremely
profitable to broadcast ownership, but disastrous for democracy. It's time for
"we the people" to recognize that the watchdog of our democracy has been
neutered and removed
from duty. There is no longer anyone watching the house while we sleep.
Since the arrival of
conservative media we have witnessed political acrimony in this
we have never seen in the modern era, or ever before. The 2016
and 2020 Presidential campaigns were two of the most
on record, with division among Americans at near civil war
levels. The animus between CNN and FOX is glaring. This is
having a clearly divisive effect on the United States. Those
that own the media machine appear to be pushing the lemmings
closer to the cliff's edge. It very
much feels as if the herd is purposefully being steered to a new
civil war. This suits the ultra-wealthy quite well because in war, there are always spoils for the rich.
It is long past time for
all of us - Democrats and Republicans - to stand up and demand a return to
media integrity and fairness, instead of politically partisan news. Most people
agree, they would rather know the real truth, instead of having something that
wasn't true forced upon them. To date, the American people have had so much
smoke blown up our collective asses by the mainstream corporate media, it's a
wonder we're not all farting smoke rings by now. Until we have a national movement by all
Americans, demanding an unbiased and rational news media, "we the people"
will only become further divided. The current media system has been gamed against us.
Many will say we're
not being given
the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Ironically enough, in the midst of all of this, one of the new
manufactured buzzwords of the last few years is the term, "Fake News."
This negative phrase
has a dual use, the first of which is to create a distinction between real news
and false news - the latter having a biased slant to it, to support or promote
specific goals or ideology. The second usage is a counter-use, to try and
discredit real news that is perhaps too revealing or upsetting to those with
opposing goals or ideology. It is also aimed at those who actually try to
provide real news that the corporate media is not telling or is telling falsely.
In short, it can either signify false news or is meant to muddy the water and
obfuscate the issue with real news.
This word contrivance isn't really used as much against these
partisan news outlets as it should be. Instead, use of this new term has
primarily been reserved to confuse the public and act as a political defense
against those who do happen to reveal any uncomfortable truths that some might
want suppressed or buried.
Fake news is obviously not real news because it is not based in
fact or it has its facts horribly skewed. Fake news is essentially just
disinformation and propaganda. For lack of a better descriptor, it is poison
in the well, an appropriate metaphor regarding its threat to Democracy.
So now, here we are, at the precipice of national destruction -
but for God himself, with no one to save us but ourselves, yet we have been forced into an
division that has us fighting and pointing fingers at each other, further
eroding our country. Our vaunted protector of democracy has been taken over,
corrupted, defiled and used against us. News has now been split into two
versions of political truth. Blue and red. All you have to do is simply pick the one that best suits you
bought-and-paid-for two-party political system of truths. Just like American
fast-food, its all prepackaged and ready to go, with each truth featuring gun
rights and abortion rights, in pro or con, however, both parties would
very much prefer that you only support one of the two. And thank you for your
left-right cooperation in advance. ;o)
In a recent conversation with CNN host Chris Cuomo, former
longtime ABC reporter Sam Donaldson had this to say about the
plethora of news and so-called "fake news" outlets now presenting themselves
to people over the internet, "Where do we go? Who do
we believe? It's sort of up for grabs."
Well, that's a discomforting
thought, for sure. That sounds like more chaos coming. Don't be
surprised either because the watchdog of our democracy has
castrated. It won't get any better until "we the people" finally say,
If all of this is new to you, you might be asking yourself right
about now, how is any of this possible? It is because people still naively and
gullibly believe that it is illegal to lie on television. To be clear, it is not
illegal to lie on television. There is no such law.
Case in point: advertising would be much different if
lying was not allowed on TV. :o)
After the Capitol insurrection, many people are rightly upset
about the deaths and chaos caused by the Trump rally - turned insurrection. With
this public outrage there have been calls from some to actually do away with FOX
News in the US, for helping to perpetuate the 2020 election lie. Some have
actually called their local cable and satellite providers asking them to stop
carrying FOX News, as well as FOX Business Network, Newsmax and One America News
The Washington Post's Max Boot has gone so far as to say,
"large cable companies such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, which carry Fox
News and provide much of its revenue in the form of user fees, need to step in
and kick Fox News off. And if smaller competitors such as One America News and
Newsmax continue to incite viewers, they, too, should be booted off."
New York Times writer Nicholas
Kristof is on record as saying "I’d like to see pressure on
advertisers to withdraw from Fox News so long as it functions as
an extremist madrasa, and cable providers should be asked why
they distribute channels that peddle lies."
MSNBC’s Anand Giridharadas questioned on-air whether Fox News
"is a thing that should exist in America." As extreme as
such a suggestion might sound to some, to others it does have
punitive merit, given FOX's history of shading the truth - and
in light of the dire ramifications caused by propagating the
2020 election lie.
One would think FOX News could
see the writing on the wall and would come clean about the
false election claims, but then again the gravity of their own
actions in furthering the lie has to play a role in their
reluctance to come clean about the election ruse. Perhaps this
is why they are trying to detract from what happened at the
capitol, by shamelessly saying it was "just a protest that
got out of hand" or that others from the liberal left were
responsible for the capitol attack. They appear unwilling to
accept what we all saw for ourselves, with our own eyes - that
FOX furthered the unfounded lie to its audience about a stolen
election. As a result of their complicity in the election farce,
they are clearly culpable in regards to the division that has
risen after the fact and for helping to foment what happened at
Setting the harshest of these suggestions aside, at the very
least, if our democracy and republic are to survive, we very much need an impartial regulatory commission that
monitors our news organizations 24/7, much like in the UK with
impartiality and news accuracy on all news broadcasts. Such a
system would monitor the news and then be able to censure and/or fine
broadcasters for straying from honest delivery of the news. It would be one way
to hold those accountable who disseminate false news, specifically
disinformation and divisive propaganda. There should be penalties and monetary
fines for those issuing information that is patently false or skewed in a manner
as to bend its understanding by the general public. Partisan news should be
specifically targeted, if not banned altogether.
For those who might have reservations about constitutional free
speech concerns, this is not an attack on the 1st amendment. To the contrary,
it's a safeguard to help protect against those who willfully misuse it and abuse it. It's never been okay to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, just
as it should never be okay to publicly broadcast divisive disinformation and
dangerous propaganda to incite the public, much as FOX News has done since its
inception. Knowing the importance of news to the general public, along with a
newfound firsthand experience of what partisan news can actually do to divide a
nation, a commission such as this should be viewed with the reverence of a
judicial authority. It's long past time to hold news organizations accountable
for spreading false/partisan news. An honest news system is necessary and
profoundly integral for a flourishing democracy. A news overseer can only help
strengthen our democracy, as well as establish needed safeguards for our 1st
amendment rights. And with any luck FOX News will shape up and fly right - or
ship out - abandoning the US to save itself from fines and liability, as it did
in the UK.
The mention of a regulatory agency may cause some to squirm. The
reservations are certainly not lost on this author. We do NOT need censorship
of free speech. What we need are safeguards to protect it. For those
that blatantly misuse and abuse free speech, we do need repercussions to help
deter others from doing the same. There have to be consequences for telling a
false truth that brings serious harm to others.
If not a broadcast regulatory commission, at the very least, the
FCC should demand an on-air disclaimer before any news broadcast that is politically
"Important: The following is not a news program. It is an opinion-based program that gives a one-sided view of the news. It is not news
fact. It is partisan political opinion about the news. All viewers should take
note and be aware."
Such a mandatory
before each program would go a long way towards helping prevent naive viewers
from giving any immediate serious
gravitas to what these partisan talking heads have to say. At least they might
possibly think about the veracity of the information, instead of just accepting
it as gospel truth.
The bottom line is, we can no longer allow a news system that
acts irresponsibly and divisively. We need to learn from the division that
partisan news has brought to the US.
To all those who have fallen for the Murdoch ruse,
it's really not
your fault. Shit happens when evil deliberately goes out of its way to fool good
honest trusting people. People truly do (naively) believe that it is unethical
and illegal to lie on television. That is how many are influenced and subdued into
believing they are hearing truth, when in reality it is all disinformation and
propaganda. This in turn slants their opinion.
As the old saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out."
So when it comes to the US news, don't trust a foreigner and
definitely don't trust a Murdoch. After all, what can you possibly expect from an
admittedly partisan news outlet that claims it is "fair & balanced" - and
doing so with a moniker such as "FOX?"
Perhaps this knowledge just might also shed some light on the
right's effort to demonize the liberal left and progressive democrats, all the
while the left appears woefully hapless in keeping pace with the attack efforts of the right.
In the end, there is an agenda at hand. So please, don't trust politically partisan news
because it is not giving any of us the real truth. It's not news. It is strictly
opinion. Partisan news is simply a way of steering
people's political opinions. To the public, it's undue influence.
Please, don't fall for the left-right partisan political news bullshit or
the divisiveness coming from the corporate news media, whether it be FOX News or
MSNBC. News should never be a partisan endeavor. As such, these organizations do not work for the
best interests of us all, but for the monetary interests of the ultra-wealthy
instead. To be fair, not much can be said for ABC, CBS or NBC giving us the
whole truth either, but at least they don't work from a left or right
perspective, to divide the
The bottom line here is this... know and understand that our two political parties are nowhere close
to the end-all when it comes to power and real authority in this world. They are wholly
dependent and beholden upon donations from the uber-rich to support them. Case
in point... just look at how easy it was for a paper-billionaire to take over
the Republican party.
As a result, the party of Lincoln is now in turmoil, however, the
fact of the matter is, the Grand Old Party already had a branding issue prior to
2016 because its core base is growing much older. The dawn of Trump & company
has now caused the GOP some major headaches that it perhaps did not see
coming, because it got them into a blue-collar base they had no access to before.
This is the issue now for Republicans, how to keep in touch with this
hyperactive base without Trump and without admitting to them that
they were lied to about the 2020 election. The confrontation for the GOP now
becomes a choice between two things, either continue the Trump election lie to
keep this new base or tell them the honest truth and risk losing it.
in all of this is - much like the GOP, FOX is also now
their own new
challenges as a result of the Trump-effect. The Republican party has
become divided and challenged by those from the extreme far-right. The
over FOX News' calling of longtime Republican stronghold Arizona for Democrat
Joe Biden during the 2020 election has had serious repercussions, as loyal
viewers for the first time ever have lashed out en masse at the network. As a
result, rival wannabe's such as
NewsMax and OAN have now found traction with a ravenous and increasingly
farther-right audience that - since the 2020 election defeat of Trump - appears
perfectly primed for fresh new partisan venom and anger to feed off and suckle
from. To be fair, this is not true of all conservatives. The GOP has been
splintering since the advent of Trump. Two factions on the right are at odds
- those of the Grand Old Party and those who worship Trump. FOX News now finds itself
having to fight for its brand, however, with a history of high ratings
during Democratic administrations, the FOX ship could right
itself once again
under a Biden tenure, unless of course they suffer backlash for deliberately
misleading their viewers regarding the 2020 election, which eventually
led to the Capitol assault.
Don't think that the recent split in the Republican party will diminish any of their
collective avarice for liberals. In both of these conservative camps the hatred has built to the point
where Democrats are now being referred to in adversarial war terminology, as if
they were a fierce foreign enemy that is the single greatest threat to all those
living in the US. This level of anger and political division never used to exist
in the US, until the arrival of FOX News.
The bitter irony that
this domestic division is
being pushed by a foreign-owned news organization cannot be
overstated, nor overlooked. (This specific scenario was guarded against under
the Communications Act of 1934.) The allowance of foreign ownership in
the US media has indeed had the adverse effect that the
FDR administration once feared. It should be noted that the fatal move away from
the Communications Act of 1934 was led by House and Senate controlled Republicans,
as well as signed by Democrat President Bill Clinton. The blame goes both
As a result, we now have partisan news here in the US. With its arrival, the
current divisiveness throughout the country has been ratcheted up to an all-time
high in the modern era, literally to pre-civil war levels, as many conservatives in
the US are now being pushed even further to the far right, to dangerous extremes that
have never turned out well for those who might have dared to foolishly embrace them in
the past. (IE: The Third Reich fell far short of lasting the thousand years they
said it would.)
It's time for all Americans to recognize and understand the
inherent dangers and pitfalls that partisan news brings to a society. The spread
and further bifurcation of such a malignant news system is not in our country's
best interest. It is without doubt a clear and undeniable cancer upon our democracy, as we
have known it. It is not news. It is disinformation and propaganda and
those are a deadly toxin for any democracy.
Perhaps the most important distinction to note, once again - this
has not come from an American enterprise, but from a foreign owned
Don't let partisan news
further divide us as a nation because that
has been their plan all along, as the uber-wealthy seek a one-world government.
In order to obtain that, they need to topple the US first and take away our guns,
along with our ability to defend ourselves. It's time to say no to this fomented
dissension and to stay
united. (At least it would be a much fairer fight in defending our country and
It's time to recognize partisan left-right news for what it is,
danger to our democracy. It is also time to
realize that we are all being played, no matter which side of the political fence you
are on. Those that have the wealth to influence political parties and to own
such broadcast networks are the people we seriously need to worry about. They
are the real problem in our society. It is time to reason and think for yourself. Don't let our
bought-and-paid-for political parties or our partisan news media do it for you.
There is no left or right thinking involved in common sense. Human issues that
affect us all are always much easier to solve together, as opposed to being
It's interesting that we can like someone because they share the
same interests or hobbies - like the same sports teams or music and
entertainment - but the minute there is an R or a D associated politically, it
can change everything.
That's bent. It's wrong and just plain flat out bassackwards for
an intelligent society.
For the record... we're all in this together. United we stand or
divided we fall.
The fact is, we are all now gravely threatened because the vanguard of our republic and democracy - our
news press - has been seriously compromised with biased, partisan viewpoints
that are exclusionary to half the population. We are being deliberately divided
in a way not seen for 150 years. By design or by accident, this isn't good for
anyone in this country. If you are not seeing this same scenario, you might not
be paying close enough attention or perhaps are simply watching too much
We are now living with the consequences and ramifications of
Reagan and Clinton broadcast deregulation. In hindsight it's clear to many now that
going against the intent of the 1934 Communications Act,
allowing a foreign owner into our
media system for the first time ever, was indeed a very bad thing for the unity
of the United States.
A question that everyone needs to ask is this...
an American owner, one with deeply passioned US ties, have better presented
viewpoints, rather than a foreigner, one who at best has only monetary interests
at heart? Would a US ownership group
have made FOX News as acrimonious as the Murdoch family did?
So here we are now, as politically and racially divided as 1862.
Like lemmings, we are all now being steered to a very dangerous
precipice. The country has become intensely divided along political and
racial lines. Partisan news has been used to drive a wedge between us, to divide us
and to conquer us, yet in all honesty, there are power$
far greater than Democrat or Republican at work here. Outside monetary interests
have always had their eye on the US. No one should really be surprised
that we've been strategically divided in half because quite frankly, this is the
way you conquer a nation.
One way to stop this division and to push toward US unity would
be for Americans to regain trust in our news. One step toward that would be to
eradicate that which divided us - partisan news. This might sound like
heresy to some, but to readily dismiss such a notion would be to dismiss
recognition of the issue that has pushed us to the edge of the cliff in the
Something so vital to our nation's democracy as honest news has
to become a mandate in order to promote and ensure civil order within the
nation. If we are indeed all working together to bring back unity, then the
number one priority should be to squelch the bitter and partisan presentation of
news in the United States. Once again, as suggested, the creation of an
impartial nonpartisan regulatory overseer to monitor for false news would go a
long way towards achieving this. They would have the power to fine and censure,
as well as ensure that the facts were truthful and provable.
More than anything else, it would behoove us as a nation to
return to that which protected us before, the principle that foreign broadcast
ownership within the US is indeed a threat to the stability of our nation. We
have now see firsthand the consequences of such a miscalculation. Again, the
question we all need to ask is, would an American ownership group have steered
FOX News in the same divisive manner that the Murdoch's have, knowing our
country was teetering on the edge? Many would now agree, foreign ownership needs
to once again be banned in the US. It's time for the Murdoch family and tabloid
based NewsCorp to leave, once and for all.
All of this would go a long way toward bringing back respect for
the US news media.
Perhaps the best advice of all, please don't get your news from
only one source, most especially from partisan sources such as FOX News or
MSNBC. Look to other sources, such as the Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, to
balance your perspective. It's impossible to make an informed decision without
having a foundation of the facts.
With the latter in mind - please - be on guard the next
time someone yells "fake news." Again, look to other sources
and get the facts on your own from reliable news sources. For the record:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not qualify as credible news sources.
Unsubstantiated rumors are what got us to this precipice in the first place.
In closing, those who do not trust government or the media should
know full well that those who work against "we the people" more often than not
Hegelian principles to deceive us, in
order to get what they want. Just know and be
aware that it is in the interest of some to see all of us fight. Only a very select few
in this world have the means to influence and foster such problems, while also profiting from them. Once
are the people we truly need to be worried about, the unscrupulous
ultra-wealthy. Republicans and Democrats need to know their real enemy in
Make no mistake about it, as our early forefathers warned, divided, we will indeed fall. So
please be on guard America because partisan news is clearly dividing us all.
"We the People" Do Not Want, Nor Need This,
The only people who suffer in a war are the
people. The super-rich who push the wars are protected and they always profit.
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