The aroma from what Fox News is brewing just does not smell right. Rupert Murdoch has built Fox on a foundation which supports a structure that is heavily weighted in the planned use of misrepresentations of the truth.
Murdoch went to court to secure the right to misrepresent the truth, i.e. to broadcast lies. His lawyers won this right when an Appeals Court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission’s position on broadcasting was only a policy which did not constitute a legal binding requirement for Fox to be truthful or accurate in its broadcasts.
This ruling gave Fox a constitutionally protected right to lie. Congratulations. Murdoch has given Fox the gift that just keeps on giving, i.e., the freedom to be allowed to freely tell lies while hiding behind the First Amendment.
My opinion in what Murdoch accomplished by shredding the truth in broadcast journalism was nothing more than a sinister plot by him to destroy democracy as we know it. Fox is now virtually in charge of guarding the chickens that lay the proverbial golden political eggs in our nation’s Capitol. These chickens are held in this Fox guarded chicken coop by means of the network’s deceptive packaging and right-wing employment practices.
At the center of these deceptive practices are Fox employees like Sean Hannity, Frank Luntz, and Oliver North. Hannity is afraid of his own shadow. He is also the coward who refused to be water-boarded, yet he professes to be an expert on military intelligence tactics such as torture. On the other hand, he alleges his knowledge of the subject exceeds that of Senator John McCain who was actually tortured in a North Vietnamese POW camp.
Luntz is a Republican political pundit extraordinaire who conducts focus groups for Fox. What he actually produces is nothing more than propaganda, giving credibility to the network’s inaccurate and politically slanted broadcasts. As a former Marine Corps officer, North carries the patriotic flag at Fox. He is window dressing for the men and women in military uniform. North is famous for his role in the Iran-Conta scandal where he was found guilty of selling advanced American military weapons to the radical Islamic regime in Iran.
Fox has a bevy of heavy hitting Republicans employed to carry out its ideological agenda. Mike Huckabee, a former governor and ex-Republican party presidential contender, has his own show at Fox. The show is often used to berate Democrats. He recently decided not to contend in the upcoming presidential election. Sarah Palin is also an ex-governor and was the Republican vice presidential candidate in the last election. She is currently campaigning for president but is not officially running. She also is the proud owner of SarahPAC, a multi-million dollar fundraising political action committee.
Newt Gingrich and Rich Santorum both left the employment of Fox to compete in the 2012 presidential election. Gingrich is a former congressman and is the only Speaker is history to be sanctioned for ethics violations. He was ousted from Congress by his Republican colleagues. Santorum was last seen on the political scene when he lost his Senate seat. Both will probably be immediately re-hired by Fox when they lose their bids to become president.
I would be remiss if I did not mention a few of the other right-wing notables that have helped to make the deception at Fox work. John Kasich left his job at Fox after six years to become Governor of Ohio. Karl Rove and Dana Perino are both former high-ranking Bush administration officials currently employed by Fox. Rove was a special advisor to President Bush and Perino was the president’s press secretary. They are used by Fox as experts to oppose any legislative idea proposed by Democrats, and to browbeat President Obama.
Together, the packaging and employment practices at Fox work in perfect unity in carrying out its right-wing ideological agenda. That is, to misrepresent the truth. Republicans are good. Democrats are bad. Conservatives are always right. Liberals are always wrong.
Fox even attempted to export its brand of fake broadcast journalism to Canada. It was clearly obvious the Canadian parliament did not accept the lies Fox was peddling because it refused to change that nation’s laws to permit the broadcasting of falsehoods.
And like the folks in Canada, Fox News is not my cup of tea. Fox is more like concentrated sugar-water mixed with vinegar. It tastes bad, is hard to swallow, and it makes me throw up.