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Boehlert writes: "True, conservatives in recent years have shown virtually no interest in critiquing, let alone trying to rein in, Ailes' empire. Still, it's becoming increasingly clear that Fox's programming and the radical, fear-based agenda it's setting for Republicans is now doing lasting damage to the Grand Old Party."

Roger Ailes, Fox News CEO. (photo: MediaBistro)
Roger Ailes, Fox News CEO. (photo: MediaBistro)

How Fox News Is Destroying the Republican Party

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters

27 January 12


annabe kingmaker Roger Ailes is facing an open revolt.

More and more despondent conservatives are expressing alarm over the unfolding Republican primary season and what they see as the party's dwindling chances of defeating President Obama in November. Spooked at the general elections prospects facing frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (especially Gingrich), members of the so-called Republican Establishment seem to want to reboot the election season and try their nominating luck again.

Sorry, it's too late.

If the current state of concern transforms into a larger, enveloping blame game, Fox News chairman Ailes ought be a looming target. True, conservatives in recent years have shown virtually no interest in critiquing, let alone trying to rein in, Ailes' empire. Still, it's becoming increasingly clear that Fox's programming and the radical, fear-based agenda it's setting for Republicans is now doing lasting damage to the Grand Old Party.

That's because Fox News isn't simply offering a rightward take on the day's events, or innocently providing Republican-friendly commentary, of course. It's leading an exhausting, day-in, day-out attack campaign against Obama, Democrats and all their liberal allies. (Real or imagined.) Its relentless, paranoid crusade falls well outside the mainstream of American politics, which is why the Republican primary season, so proudly sponsored by Fox News, is shaping up to be such an embarrassment.

Make no mistake, kingmaker Ailes has made sure his channel's profoundly un-serious stamp permeates this year's GOP contest. For more and more spooked Republicans though, it's a stamp of failure and looming defeat.

For Ailes and company, that slash-and-burn formula works wonders in terms of super-serving its hardcore, hard-right audience of three million viewers. But in terms of supporting a serious, national campaign and a serious, national conversation? It's not working. At all.

As Fox News has moved in and essentially replaced the RNC as the driving electoral force in Republican politics today, and with Ailes ensconced in his kingmaker role, candidates have had to bow down to Fox in search of votes and the channel's coveted free airtime. That means campaigns have been forced to become part of the channel's culture of personal destruction, as well as its signature self-pity.

The truth is, the Republican Establishment all but ceded control of the party, or at least the public face of the party, to Fox News (and Rush Limbaugh) in January, 2009. Party leaders, demoralized by John McCain's electoral landslide defeat, faded into the background and obediently followed Fox News' often-hysterical lead as Rupert Murdoch's cable channel unveiled an unprecedented effort to demonize and delegitimize the newly elected president. (In the Fox-led world, it's conventional wisdom that Obama's a foreign, race-baiting Marxist who undermines Israel and is determined to destroy the American way of life.)

With Fox News at the irresponsible helm, the conservative movement in America, including the emerging Tea Party, became first and foremost a media movement, and one that gleefully cut ties with common sense and decency. (See: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.)

As blogger Andrew Sullivan noted this week:

The Republican Establishment is Rush Limbaugh, Roger Ailes, Karl Rove, and their mainfold products, from Hannity to Levin. They rule on the talk radio airwaves and on the GOP's own "news" channel, Fox.

With media outlets setting the conservative agenda, as well as raising campaign funds and boosting GOP candidates, it was Fox News that quickly transformed itself into the Opposition Party. It was Roger Ailes who, officially or unofficially, began to wear two hats: Program Director at Fox News, Chairman of the RNC.

In terms of whipping up bouts of anti-Obama hysteria, the crass Fox approach enjoyed some short-term success. However, that same media movement is now three long and rhetorically repetitive years into its Obama crusade and trying to nominate a presidential candidate via an extended national campaign. According to more and more worried conservatives, the results on display are disastrous.

Of course, conservatives should have thought that through before handing over the reigns to Ailes and his misinformation minions. Indeed, none of this is unexpected. It's all entirely predictable. It's what happens when a mainstream political movement embraces a radical media strategy like the one being promoted by Fox News; the movement marches itself off a cliff.

Conservative leaders themselves have freely adopted Fox News' profoundly un-unprofessional rhetoric about Obama, claiming just this week he's "pro-poverty" and his politics are "almost un-American." That's the Fox-ification of the GOP.

As Andrew Sullivan noted this week, the current GOP "purges dissidents, it vaunts total loyalty, it polices discourse for any deviation." That sounds a lot like Fox News.

Two years ago, despondent conservative and former Bush speechwriter David Frum, noting the sweeping power that Ailes was accumulating, observed that, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox."

As the Republican primary unfolds, I wonder if more and more poll-weary conservatives would like to fire their new boss. your social media marketing partner


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We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

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+91 # PGreen 2012-01-27 18:47
The lesson to the economic elite is, "be careful what you wish for." A good part of the Republican establishment-- which is structured to support the interests of the 1%-- is terrified of a Newt victory-- or a Ron Paul victory, for that matter, though for very different reasons. GIngrich would reintroduce the disastrous financial management of the W years, only worse. If the public refuses to rescue Wall Street from the inevitable calamity that would result from Bush/Gingrich policies, the system will virtually collapse. Paul would end almost all government social programs (which the 1% favor) but, he would also eliminate corporate welfare-- a prospect that scares them no end. (The huge extent to which government props up business is a carefully avoided subject by the establishment, corporate media.)
In advocating an increasingly extreme conservative agenda, and "managing" the facts to fit it, the RNC has lost control of the party to its fringe elements (FOX lovers)-- those who actually believe the garbage they have been spewing for so long. Until they retool they may well find themselves out of the spotlight for awhile-- and trying to manage an increasingly extreme right-wing base. FOX may not be compliant.
Of course the 1% have the Democrats to fall back on. Obama may not be ideal for them, but they won't complain too much given his track record.
+27 # Andrew Hansen 2012-01-28 08:30
Good observation. A different aspect is the conundrum of conservative thinking.

If the aim of the conservative political end is to look-out for one's self, eventually even friends become competitors. In difficult economic environments, especially manufactured ones, it is only a very small step from competitor to enemy. FOX is masterful, maybe their only real strength, at casting those roles.
+8 # leslie griffith 2012-01-30 05:56
Why aren't reporters looking into the way Murdoch and Ailes do "business" in this country. The UK is putting Murdoch and his mafia gang's feet to the fire..Canada banned FOX news...Answer: after the telecommunicati ons act...deregulat ing the broadcast industry...a good percentage of "reporters" in this country work for FOX News. Change at FOX is going to have to come from whistle blowers on the inside.
+72 # kbarrand 2012-01-27 23:35
Fox "News" is the modern day equivalent of TASS. For those too young to remember, TASS was the propaganda "news" outlet for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It had about as much credibility as Baghdad Bob, but of course the people in the Soviet Union didn't know that. In the same way, Fox "News" watchers are blithely unaware that they are being lied to incessantly. Ignorance may be bliss, but it's still ignorance.
+35 # Cambridgemac 2012-01-28 10:54
Well, by the 1970's Soviet citizens had figured out TASS and it had no credibility. Indeed, people came to believe that whatever TASS said, the opposite must be true. It took 50 years to get there.... 2 or 3 generations... We're still in the first generation of Fox viewers...
+21 # grouchy 2012-01-27 23:39
And ain't it all so much fun to witness!
+13 # bluepilgrim 2012-01-27 23:41
Obama has been the designated quisling of the oigarchy all along. The purpose of Fox is two-fold: one is cast the Republicans into such extreme postions that they won't be elected (and, of course, there is always the rigged machines and other dirty tricks to ensure that), the other is to push the nation, and the Democrats even further to the right. The wealthy oligarchy did not get where they are by leaving such things to chance.
+21 # Cambridgemac 2012-01-28 10:56
As near as I can tell, there is NO issue on which Obama is to the left of Richard Nixon. Health insurance was not an issue under Nixon, but this is the kind of plan he would have devised.

And don't forget, he proposed a negative income tax to provide ongoing support to low income folks. That would be called "socialism" today.
+51 # Buddha 2012-01-27 23:44
Sure, FAUXNews is terrible, but it isn't really anything other than a reflection of the GOP itself. There is no room in their party for a moderate, and they embrace the worst aspects of our society...greed , racism, lack of empathy for those less fortunate, religious fanaticism, opposition to science, etc. And because of this extremism, their top candidates are completely "wrong" for the mood and situation today for most Americans. Romney is the archetypal Gordon Gekko vulture d while vultures may have a role in an ecology and an economy, nobody wants one as President, do they? Add to this his tone-deafness ("Corporations are people", and "I like to fire people") that just plays into Obama's hand. And Newt is such the epitome of corrupt politician-cum- lobbyist that he was the only Speaker of the House to be censured. The weak field is Obama's saving grace, because he certainly hasn't been the transformative President that we hoped he would be, so he hasn't energized those of us on the Left...but the GOP candidates are so off their rocker that Obama looks spectacular in comparison.
+22 # genierae 2012-01-28 13:57
Buddha: It should not be left just to President Obama to energize those of us on the Left. Just looking at the desperate conditions around us should energize us quite enough, and prompt us to work very hard to make sure these GOP extremists are not allowed to gain the White House. Every decent American must get involved, for if we don't, the consequences will be dreadful.
+6 # CL38 2012-01-29 13:17
....and we need to keep the pressure on the Democrats to do the right things after they're elected.
+8 # CL38 2012-01-29 13:27
We're all aware of this, but let's not forget another important reason to vote out the right: it's was Bush and the right that created the economic crisis and most of the deficit. They've never owned responsibility for the cost of Bush's tax cuts for the rich and 2 unfunded wars. They shifted blame onto Obama soon after he was elected and for 3 years refused to help move the country forward -- all to prevent him from being re-elected!
+21 # Regina 2012-01-28 00:14
So the Republican intrinsic insanity is now obvious. Great! Maybe sanity will sneak back into our lives when they finally drive themselves into the oblivion their frenzies are headed for.
+42 # Dave45 2012-01-28 00:46
Actually, one could be forgiven for wondering why the GOP is so upset by the current state of affairs in the US. The condition of the country now is exactly what Republicans have been working for for 30 years. Their objectives were to dismantle as many social programs as possible, to redistribute income upwards, to remove as many regulations on corporate business as possible, and to build up the most effective killing machine in the world. This is what Gingrich and his "contract" minions wanted, and this is what they have accomplished. (Thanks, Democrats, for 30 years of wimpish resistance.) No doubt, the Republican elites thought that as the lower classes got poorer, the elites would feel richer. Unfortunately, not even capitalism benefits from inegalitarianis m. The more equal the economy's participants, the better is life for all concerned ("When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn.")
+28 # Cambridgemac 2012-01-28 11:03
This is a very interesting observation. My first reaction: the non-one-percent that vote Republican are wondering why they aren't rich.
The Republicans have argued for 30 years that the only thing holding back the magical Market is
1. Your tax dollars are going to Negroes. (Formerly, "nigras.") Cut social programs. DONE.
2. Your not making more money because wages are too high in the United States. Let corporations cut wages and become competitive. DONE.

The mendacity and racism of the first argument need no further discussion.

The inherent contradiction of the second argument however, is Orwellian: "You're poor because the wages of working people are too high."
But people fall for it - larded with nonsensical rhetoric about Hayek, and freedum, and markets, and competition, and, recently Galt.

Personally, I've concluded that Americans like being lied to. Like Party members in 1984, they want to think that everyone else is being lied to more, and that they're on the inside. I think Guy Debord got at this.
+2 # pamitty 2012-01-28 17:36
Republican are wondering why they aren't rich.
1. Your tax dollars are going to Negroes. (Formerly, "nigras.") Cut social programs. DONE.
2. Your not making more money because wages are too high in the United States. Let corporations cut wages and become competitive. DONE.

The inherent contradiction of the second argument however, is Orwellian: "You're poor because the wages of working people are too high."
But people fall for it -
thank you for the insight! I hadn't thought it thru, but that is it.
It's everyone else's wages are supposed to be lower but "mine"
Of course "mine" is supposed to be high wages.
That fact that this makes no sense has not been thought thru.
Fox has gained so many people who are "wanna bees" who Don't want anything as much as a group of "winners" to give a resounding "Yes" to.
Sorry about all the "" but this was as well as I can express this thought.
+22 # upthecrik 2012-01-28 01:06
Who gets their news from the television today? I'll tell you who. Baby-boomers. This country's steady shift to the right as the boomers have aged and become more isolated is grinding to a halt. If the left shows up at the polls, we'll trounce them every time. What we are witnessing are the death throes of a dying generation. Unfortunately, it's going to get uglier before it gets prettier. But the movement is afoot. The U.S. is beginning to do what any smart driver does....look left first.
Buh-bye GOP. Can't say I'll miss ya.
+11 # 2012-01-28 02:01
I've seen few of the 19 Republican debates but found the candidates scarily animated Thursday night. Romney might actually have profited from this endless travail and will be a better candidate for it, baring the gratuity of a Gingrich victory Tuesday. Romney actually owned some of his accomplishments in Massachusetts. Is it too late for him to shape up for the general? Pair him with Rubio, who today branded the extreme as intolerable. There could easily go the state which made Bush president. Who among us is confident of an Obama victory in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico or Nevada? Independent voters are only one-third in Obama's corner and are entirely capable of ignoring what the rest of us may wish was a disasterous Republican primary season. An energized Romney will be a more formedable candidate than McCain.
I was nervous all through September in 2008 and can't imagine this year will be anything less than a nail bitter.
+19 # Patch 2012-01-28 04:51
I want to tell Eric Boehlert to be quiet. Shhhh, don't give Fox or the RNC even a hint of what is happening so they have an opportunity to change what they are doing. Just stand back and (gleefully) watch them self destruct.
+5 # 666 2012-01-28 06:36
1) maybe fox WANTS obama re-elected: Fox built power as THE anti-clinton channel & war-cheerleader channel. it's more profitable with a scapegoat (obama). fox ratings may fall if bachmann/santor um get elected. need a nutball-fix? watch the white house not fox. If obama's re-elected roger "josef goebbels" ailes gets a freehand, & obama will play right into it despite his pseudo-populist re-election rhetoric. If obama wins, it may trigger a GOP "night of the long knives" in which less-radical (more rational) elements are finally purged. As prescient as the rational dirty-tricks wing of the GOP is, they must know it's coming.

2) the GOP primary circus is an obvious scam. how can anyone take it seriously? So what's up with letting idiot candidates whip up mass hysteria & hate & claw each other to pieces? When one gets a majority & others drop out, maybe "the nominee" gets knocked off (by some "radical" "leftist" OWS "dem" [black too?] can we say "cia+mossad"?) The left & obama are revealed as America's real enemies.

Nominee-less with committed delegates freed, the George Orwell Party calls in a "reluctant hero" (unsullied by the primaries) who "be-grudgingly" accepts The Party's nomination to lead the war against america's internal enemies. the old guard is relieved; fox, tp, nra, & other hatemongers are vindicated; the MIC & wall st get what they want. plus battlefield america becomes real profitable, it cuts shipping costs & keeps jobs here.
+4 # Cambridgemac 2012-01-28 11:07
Wow. Great imagination. This really could happen and it hadn't occurred to me. (I think imagination is key to progress.)

I think you should write it up with more detail, though, and peddle it as fiction. And make some dough. NOW! This would make a great novella. (And might prevent it from occurring.)
0 # jimyoung 2012-01-30 10:31
I'd want to say no such thing could ever happen here, but then there is Maj General Smedley Butler, the type whistle blower we need more of today. From, "Columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him."" Smedley Butler stopped what would have been at least a very messy attempt to turn America into a fascist state, perhaps along the lines of Mussolini's Italian flavor, which some American business interests seemed to favor.
+9 # wrodwell 2012-01-28 06:49
The thing Fox News does best is sports programming and politics is just another sport to them - a blood sport. I wonder, how many payrolls Fox News alumnus Newt Gingrich is on? Let's see, there's Freddie Mac, Fannie May, Fox News.......the list goes on. Fox is not a news outlet; it's an infection.
+19 # walt 2012-01-28 08:06
It is well-deserved by the GOP and their media cronies at Fox News. They are now a party filled with hatred and bigotry, especially against a black president, and now they are seeing the results of abandoning the people just to remove a president.

Can we speed along their demise?
+22 # TomDegan 2012-01-28 08:16
Every once in a while, I'll tape an entire, two hour segment of the morning "news" program, FOX and Friends. It is the modern equivalent of watching the old, 1965 movie, Hold On! starring the deservedly forgotten British pop group, Herman's Hermits: so mind-numbingly awful that it's actually fun to watch! The very fact that this lame assemblage of info-taining, trivial nonsense is the highest rated morning cable program is instructive when trying to get to the bottom of the question as to why the American people are the dumbest, least informed, unenlightened people in the entire western world and why we are - no doubt about it - the laughingstock of the planet.

It's three hosts are totally lacking in any real journalistic credentials. Indeed one of them, an amiable twit named Steve Doocy (whose last name will one day become a verb, I promise you), is a former TV weatherman. He now has the job of commenting daily on important matters of national and international concern - that is, when he's able to find the time to pry himself away from the latest Brittany or Paris scandal du jour. FOX and Friends is embarrassing any way you analyze it. It is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. It's message is as simplistic as it is unbalanced:
Conservative: GOOD. Liberal: BAD. Think of it as Mallard Fillmore in real time.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
-4 # RMDC 2012-01-28 08:19
This is good. FOX news began as a republican party project for mass propaganda and now it has taken over the party itself. The NRA did a similar thing. So did the National Right to Life Coalition. The problems is that the untra-right wing which runs all these organizations is more aggressive than what is left of the main stream republicans.

I see a real disaster coming. It might just be in FOX employee Newt taking the White House. Newt is psychologically and morally unstable, just as are FOX's main anchors -- O'Reilly, Hannity, and others. The lunatics will be in control of the asylum. All hell will break loose. But that may be the final implosion of the US that we need. Obama and his type just keep a bankrupt and criminal regime in washinton going. Maybe we need a Newt to push it to the collapse.
+10 # kyzipster 2012-01-28 08:33
I'm not sure if Fox News is the cause or just one of many symptoms. One thing is certain, the lunatics have taken control of the asylum. Republican strategists have been feeding the lies and propaganda that divide the nation for decades because they can't win on an economic agenda that dis-empowers working people, ultimately they're to blame.

On the bright side, the conservative movement of the last 30 years continues to self destruct. Conservatives can no longer campaign on deregulation and tax cuts so the desperation and hate of the culture war in this election season is no surprise. They will have to move to the center or become even more irrelevant.
-17 # 2012-01-28 08:36
This article is not surprising given Politico's recent report:

"The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.

The group, launched as a more traditional media critic, has all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks and is narrowing its focus to Fox and a handful of conservative websites, which its leaders view as political organizations and the “nerve center” of the conservative movement. The shift reflects the centrality of the cable channel to the contemporary conservative movement, as well as the loathing it inspires among liberals — not least among the donors who fund Media Matters’ staff of about 90, who are arrayed in neat rows in a giant war room above Massachusetts Avenue.

“The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock, Media Matters’ chairman and founder and a former conservative journalist, adding that the group’s main aim had been to challenge the factual claims of the channel and to attempt to prevent them from reaching the mainstream media.

The new strategy, he said, is a “war on Fox.”

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+18 # kyzipster 2012-01-28 10:16
That doesn't explain David Frum's opinion that Fox News is an 'alternative knowledge system'. In other words, complete BS.
+14 # Cambridgemac 2012-01-28 11:10
Fox is a victim of Librul Conspiracy.
+7 # Daingel 2012-01-28 13:21
Since when is Media Matters a "NEWS" station on NATIONAL CABLE TV? It's an internet website that people can't watch when hitting the remote.
0 # cstern 2012-01-28 08:40
"Reigns" is a verb; "reins" is a noun.
+11 # humanmancalvin 2012-01-28 09:35
Love it..a story of the mother shark eating her own.
+15 # pernsey 2012-01-28 10:54
Fox news is a boil on the backside of the American people. Slowly infecting all areas of our lives, while blaming everyone else for what they are doing. Then hiding behind Christianity, and Jesus...who probably could never get air time on Fox news unless they would be mocking Him. Fox news is a sad joke, that for awhile worked, it has brainwashed so many people with their lies and misinformation. I know the people who follow Fox really think they are right, and they spread the lies as if it were the truth. They are ignorant, they dont know any better, or they dont want to know any better.

Fox has won court cases where they were told its ok to lie. I read one case where Fox paid a reporter to investigate something they wanted to slam, when the reporter said the information was correct and wanted to print that information, Fox took them to court and Fox won. Lying is ok, because Fox has the courts backing up their lies. Im sure there probably was a big payola to the judge whomever he was or he was a right wing tool and just went along, no matter, Fox has a legal right to lie on their news. I hope the truth comes out about all of it.

They have no business reporting anything but sports, they are a travesty to Americans and our way of life.
0 # X Dane 2012-01-28 22:17
pernsey, it is unfortunately true. I have friends, who are very nice, caring and generous,.....a nd watching Fox!! It is hard to understand.
On another note: I have been taking the Prickly pear juice for 2 months and it is great. It is helping me a lot. i am so glad, that you mentioned it. Thanks a lot.
+1 # pernsey 2012-01-29 09:12
Quoting X Dane:
pernsey, it is unfortunately true. I have friends, who are very nice, caring and generous,.....and watching Fox!! It is hard to understand.
On another note: I have been taking the Prickly pear juice for 2 months and it is great. It is helping me a lot. i am so glad, that you mentioned it. Thanks a lot.

I know what you mean, I know people that seem to have common sense in other areas of their life, but they spout Fox News blurbs like they are facts too, its nuts!

X Dane, Im so glad its helping you, Im so glad your feeling better!
+6 # ganymede 2012-01-28 12:46
Here's another outlandish, but possible, scenario about the well-deserved problems the Republicans are having. Ailes and Murdoch, but especially Murdoach hate losers. A few years ago in Britain it appeared that Tony Blair was going to defeat the Conservatives (Tories). Murdoch has a huge media empire in Britain and had always supported the Tories, but he pulled a switcheroo and had all his newspapers and TV properties back Blair and, of course, Blair, the Socialist won and, of course, became very good friends with Murdoch.

Things are even worse for the Republicans than is being acknowledged in the media. Demographics and most serious indicators don't look very promising. No matter how much money they spend or how much voter suppression they attempt or voter hacking, etc, it doesn't look like they'll get more than 40-45% of the vote. There is a God.
+2 # X Dane 2012-01-28 22:06
ganymede, I sure hope so, and I hope she is on our side.
+3 # JayMagoo 2012-01-28 14:52
All of which has been obvious over the last couple of years, even to the most casual observer. However, and this a big however, do not underestimate the evil power of the Karl Roves, Koch brothers, Swift-boaters, Tea Partiers, and other various and sundry nefarious right wing operatives, known and in the shadows. Obama still has a fight, and considering the disillusionment of the Democratic party faithful, his reelection is far from a done deal.
+1 # MsAnnaNOLA 2012-01-28 16:18

You are so right. It has become obvious of late that the purpose of the Dems is to be the old Republicans. If you co-opt the dems and push them to the right there is no chance of socialist or collective thinking. Now we have the denizens of crazies on the right arguing about how quickly we can get into another war. Obama is no different. All the policies of both parties protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people. There is only Ron Paul talking about not going to war again. I mean really how did we get here? The Dems are just as corrupt is my conclusion. We need a new party.
-13 # Lukediraimo 2012-01-28 22:03
Yeah Fox news support of the republican party is just totally unfair, I mean it's not like the democrats have any news networks or friends in the entertainment industry to take their side besides CNN,ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and all of Hollywood.
+3 # Daingel 2012-01-29 03:17
Maybe you're just a young kid and do not know this, but news is supposed to be informing and fact-based. Just because those that you mentioned are fact based doesn't make them Democratic leaning. It means you just don't believe in facts. However it IS against FEC rules to do campaigning an encourage endorsements of candidates on the News. Which Michelle Bachmann, Kasich, Palin etal, have done time after time again. They CANNOT ask for money while on the air, they cannot ENDORSE a candidate while on the air. It's against the law. So when a TV news station says they are fair and balanced and clearly show they ARE NOT, then they need to remove the NEWS from Fox News and call it GOPTV. But they can't do it because basic laws have said they can't.
-1 # pernsey 2012-01-29 15:21
Quoting Lukediraimo:
Yeah Fox news support of the republican party is just totally unfair, I mean it's not like the democrats have any news networks or friends in the entertainment industry to take their side besides CNN,ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and all of Hollywood.

They are fact based, but if you believe Fox News...then any other media is left wing. Fox News Lies...dong you get it? They arent fact based they are allowed to tell you whatever they want you to think.

The reason those other media outlets seem unfair to you, is they base things on whats going on, granted they may have a leaning to the left, but Fox is 100 miles right of the crazy lunatic fringe. Your just another victim of the Fox Noise machine!
-2 # Lukediraimo 2012-01-29 21:29
Fox news is right wing, and unfortunately for those who are right wing in terms of economic policies and government programs; fox news seems intent on perpetuating a no abortion and gay marriage agenda. The above mentioned news networks are extremely left leaning and have been for many years now. The majority of news networks do everything in there power to promote a leftwing agenda, and to see such evidence you don't even have to look very far back, or really even beyond day to day events. The media has refused to properly investigate with any level of impartialness the Obama administrations contradictions in policies or agenda, not to mention the Obama administrations corrupt ball out spending or support of various green energy company's with links to the administration; in short the media does everything they can to promote democrats at every turn. Just watch any GOP debate and your see Wolf Blitzer argue with GOP candidates as well as attempt to nail them down with a "gotcha" style question, where as in the past democrat candidates were pitched slow and steady questions which they were free to knock out of the park in anyway they pleased, for better examples which include far more detail simply google it and your find plenty of them. Pt 1
-4 # pernsey 2012-01-30 10:55
Its because Fox is so whacky to the right and liars to boot, the other news media seems far left to you...they actually arent. They are trying to tell people facts while Fox News is lying through their teeth and telling you how to think.

I have watched Fox news...for what I could stomach...and they are creating lunatics with their spin on how they report the so called news, which really boils down to their opinion.
-2 # Lukediraimo 2012-01-29 21:30
Yes Fox news is bias, but to say it's counter parts are anything but left leaning news programs is to be ether so conditioned to the left wing media as to assume that it is the natural law and order of the media world, or to be completely naive on the matter. Pt 2
-3 # pernsey 2012-01-30 10:58
Quoting Lukediraimo:
Yes Fox news is bias, but to say it's counter parts are anything but left leaning news programs is to be ether so conditioned to the left wing media as to assume that it is the natural law and order of the media world, or to be completely naive on the matter. Pt 2

Fox news has an opinion and spin on everything they report, if you cant see that your so sucked into their BS that it somehow all makes sense to you. Its a spin and opinion based channel.

0 # BlueDog 2012-01-30 02:24
Surprising how so many don't watch Fox News but criticize it. Yes, many facts might be wrong but on BOTH sides. Much of the media only propagate the falsehoods that people want to hear! Both Democrats & Republicans are wrong! Pelosi vs Boehner ... One is any better than the other? Democrats AND Republicans are equally responsible in the demise of the nation. Lobbyists are buyers for votes. Presidents (like George Bush) have bought votes through $600 or more tax rebates. Now President Obama buys votes by hiding the pain the country should go through by extending unemployment insurance or other "helping" programs that seem to continue reliance/depend ency. Yes, the tax code, many regulations, and government bureaucracy or agencies are just added and not properly revised and/or streamlined. The Republican party is being destroyed by not focusing on fundamental rules past conceived and can't stand on the principles it broke over the last decade(s). Both parties are responsible for not either breaking the needed deadlock or accepting the status quo. Where is the fiscal responsibility and the morality against war unless it is for the protection of the sanctity of life? Has the recent wars really been about democracy? Isn't there a better way to preach the gospel of democracy than through war? Haven't we as a society gotten past the anti-Christian concept of war? Are not Democrats AND Republicans equally culpable?
-1 # pernsey 2012-01-30 11:00
I have watched Fox, my family and I thought we were watching Saturday Night Live news. Its ridiculously right wing slanted, high on spin opinion masquerading as the news.
+5 # giraffee2012 2012-01-30 11:48
But Saturday Night Live and Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert are so truly funny Quoting pernsey:
I have watched Fox, my family and I thought we were watching Saturday Night Live news. Its ridiculously right wing slanted, high on spin opinion masquerading as the news.
0 # knight4444 2012-07-27 17:52
The republican party southern strategy in the 70's for a generation really paid off for them, they recruited fake so called christians Jerry falwell, Pat robertson etc and because so many of these so called christians are usually very narrow minded judgmental simple minded folks the gop won they're votes easily. Well the southern strategy is starting to bite them in the ***! because these people don't reflect 21st century mainstream america. The republican party is hostage to this powerful base! Thus you have republican politicians having to publicly scream ''I DON'T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE!" "BEING GAY IS SICKNESS" the southern strategy is backfiring on the gop! the gop has alienated blacks, hispanics women, gays, muslims everybody but wasp conservatives! The gop is forced to cater to radical fringe groups (TEA PARTY) to get votes. The base is aging 37% of republicans are over 65 yrs of age 14% are between 40 to 65 and 87% caucasian, the republican party on it's present course should be dead in one maybe two more generation.

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