Dr. Gary Dejean,
PhD in Mass Media Communication
The Fox News Channel has always had a strong Republican leaning. They’ve also always had a strong inclination to bend the truth to their advantage. It can be argued that the same is true for every side of every political arena, and to their credit the Fox News Channel make a full use of their First Amendment rights. But since the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States, the channel has moved aggressively from its ethically borderline rhetoric to a full blown endorsement of the Cult of Personality surrounding the President.
Every single day, Fox News sing the praises of an incompetent regime whose very ascension to power is highly suspicious. Every single day, the Fox News Channel work as the echo chamber for the sitting President, repeating whatever nonsense he decided to spew that day, and attacking any sensible individual who would present any form of criticism or balanced viewpoint. It’s all about creating a space where proper debate, argued civil discourse, does not exist, and where the viewer is nursed in the comforting display of lies and ignorant tribalism.
As a single example that encapsulates the above, let me point you towards ‘Fox And Friends’ aired on 13th December 2017. On the morning following the surprise victory of Democratic candidate Douglas Jones’ over Roy Moore in Alabama, normal news channels (CBS, CNN, MSNBC…) were all covering the topic but on Fox News there was no mention of this scathing defeat. Instead, the hosts were busy going after the dignity and reputation of Colin Kaepernick (the black footballer known for kneeling during the anthem in protest against police violence) and that of Meryl Streep who had just said she didn’t want to be a political figure. Honourable people doing the honourable thing seems to make Fox News angry. That’s the kind of fights they pick: any reason to drag down a black and/or female compatriot is good to them. And while they were keeping the air busy with a five minute report on how to cut toast1, there was still no mention of Alabama.
By now it should be clear that Fox News anchors and their bosses have only one priority, that is to maintain and cultivate a comfort blanket for sexists and racists alike. The numerous scandals surrounding Bill O’Reilly’s departure earlier this year are a clear enough indication of that. Only after more than twenty advertisers pulled their ads from his show was he finally fired. Something similar happened when Sean Hannity started endorsing accused child Molester Roy Moore by attacking the women claiming to have been his victims. And all the while, the Murdoch brothers who inherited this network are about to get even more stinkingly rich, by selling the fiction department to Disney while keeping their hands on the dubious news channel2.
Information is power. A one-hundred-million people audience that gobbles blatant lies like they’re factual truth is power. Fifty billion dollars is power. And the Murdochs have too much of it, considering their lack of social ethics. As it stands right now, every decent media in the world sees clear as day that Fox News is currently trying to position itself as the antenna to the White House, the same way that Russia Today works with/for the Kremlin. The word is “governmental propaganda”, and every decent media in the world is nauseated by it.
The separation of powers between the Church and the State is as important to democratic governments as having an independent press. To that extent, it can be said that the current attitude of the Fox News Channel toward the sitting government is detrimental to the whole of Western democracy. That is why, without generally endorsing censorship, I today call for the boycott of Fox News, while also insisting that their business model is still profitable so long as advertising companies choose their airwaves to sell their products. There is no real or consistent ideology behind greedy mercantilism: there is only greed, and the treatment it deserves is to be shut down. That much is true for the entirety of Fox News, as far as I’m concerned. For more, you can visit this link, Wikipedia has an entire page dedicated to past and present Fox News controversies. One of the most scandalous might be the conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Seth Rich3 – may his family find the peace they deserve. And as we delve into 2018, the Fox News Channel keeps on attacking the reputation of Special Counsel Bob Mueller. So let’s take this week to remember that factual truth is a real thing, and that news channels are supposed to let us know of it. Real objectivity may never be attained, but I mean, come on, at least you can try.