Thursday, April 12, 2012

Could Be Interesting

Reportedly, there's a liberal mole inside the Fox empire. Since I doubt moles stand much of a chance against foxes, I doubt s/he'll be there for long. Meanwhile, it might be fun, although based on the first report from behind the lines, all s/he can do is confirm what's obvious to every breathing human not in the thrall of their steady stream of bullshit. Referring to "Fox Nation," a gathering place for the lowest of the already low Foxophiles, the writer writes:

The post that broke the camel's back might be familiar to some of you, because it garnered a lot of attention and (well-deserved) ridicule when it hit last August. The item was aggregating several news sources that were reporting innocuously on President Obama's 50th birthday party, which was attended by the usual mix of White House staffers, DC politicos and Dem-friendly celebs. The Fox Nation, naturally, chose to illustrate the story with a photo montage of Obama, Charles Barkley, Chris Rock, and Jay Z, and the headline "Obama's Hip Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs."

The post neatly summed up everything that had been troubling me about my employer: Non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on. It came close on the heels of the Common controversy, which exhibited a lot of the same ugly traits. (See also: terrorist fist jabs; Fox & Friends madrassa accusations; etc.)

(I mentioned that little BBQ gem, myself.)

To prove insider access, the linked article includes video of Romney and Hannity chatting before going live, Romney talking about his and his wife's horses (don't we all?), and dissing Donald Trump before going on the air and praising him. The expected stuff.

So I doubt it'll break any new ground; and even if it does, nothing will stop Fox viewers from considering it their most trusted news source. But at least -- were they capable of it, that is -- they might have to admit what they like about it is exactly the fact that it's unfair, biased, and mainlining its propaganda straight into their SVCs, reinforcing their low-information prejudices and false beliefs, narcotizing them in the process.

[Update: I wrote the above a couple of days ago. The guy mustn't be all that brilliant, tech-wise, because he got discovered and fired pretty quickly. On the other hand, unless Fox has one of these (they do, effectively: it's called their "news" programming) he can keep on writing about his experiences. Maybe from jail.)

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