Rachel Maddow has a look at exactly how much Fox News just makes stuff up and calls it news. It uses selectively edited stories like the ACORN (Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now) ‘pimp’ story, the ‘climategate’ e-mails, and many other highly inaccurate ‘stories’, and promotes them for ratings.
In effect Fox News is the (un)official spin channel for conservative activists to peddle garbage entertainment on. It bears little relationship to a news organization. Have a watch of Rachael as she tears the facade of conservative story telling apart.
Fox have to know that stories like this are just complete rubbish so why do they run them? Like ‘climategate’, they will eventually be shown up to be almost entirely fabrications.
Well, it is all about change. Most people have a dislike for change, but conservatives actively fear change. Our local conservatives, like those in the US, view this as an opportunity of co-joining the fear of change with getting getting votes. The more extravagant the claims the better, because they are harder to disprove. It is just a cynical vote catching technique.
For similar reasons, Fox News and other conservative media are the channels of fear. They drive their ratings cynically exploiting a fear of change. Using fear of change to help drive ratings is a hell of a lot cheaper than actually reporting news. They report conservative activist spin stories instead with a lack of skepticism that is simply extraordinary.
Rachel Maddow points out the final resolution of the ACORN claims by a rapscallion conservative activist shows that virtually everything he claimed in December was untrue when the raw unedited footage was viewed. He didn’t parade into the ACORN offices dressed like a 1970’s pimp asking for advice on how to improve his business. He was dressed like a law student in suit and tie. Even so he was nearly arrested for some of the outrageous things he was saying.
Did any of this come through on Fox, or for that matter the New York Times? Nope. They swallowed the crap this activist was claiming without bothering to check. That isn’t reporting the ‘news’. It is simply playing to conservative prejudices to get more ratings by lazy journalists. As far as I’m aware neither of these two organizations has even retracted and apologized for their idiotic and irresponsible reporting.
Fox News and similar ‘news’ channels are the modern equivalent of orators trying to incite mobs to riot and revolution for their own benefit. The only thing that you can be sure of is that they’re the ‘news’ that you can’t rely on.
It looks like some of our journalists are headed the same way. For instance Duncan Garner seems to be following a lot of the same tactics.