When Fox News just started as a channel, it wasn’t too different from the kind of programming you’d see on any other cable news network. Yes, it definitely had a conservative lean, but it hardly existed in its bizarro parallel universe. Today, it’s become conspiracy peddling GOP agitprop whose primetime stars are beloved by outspoken neo-Nazis and Klansmen, exchange secret scoops with a Russian disinformation asset, and performed Nazi salutes at the Republican National Convention while anointing The Donald as their official candidate of choice. It’s InfoWars with higher production values and fewer plugs for supplements, mercifully relegated to proper commercial breaks.
This paragraph gives us the opportunity for a teachable moment.
- The paragraph is full of unsubstantiated allegations. To the author, the subject (Fox) exists in a “bizarro parallel universe”; the fact that the subject (Fox) plays to the largest audience in cable news calls, then, an interesting question: Is Fox and its audience “bizarro”, or is the author so ideologic that he can’t understand the material being presented?
- Obviously, anyone who even flips on Fox for more than a minute knows that Fox totally disavows “Neo Nazi’s and Klansmen”. Ergo, the first section of the second sentence falls afoul of a logical fallacy and irresponsible logic — — the notion that the politics of an entity should be defined not but what the entity states and says, but by the politics of an adherent. (That’s “bizarro” thinking, to be sure. No public entity has control over who endorses it; ergo, logically, the endorsement cannot be used to define the entity.)
- There are specific slurs against Julian Assange and Laura Ingraham. In the case of Assange, who has won awards for his diligent accuracy in his diligent verification of sources and truthfulness, there exists no reasonable evidence that he is associated with Russia; ergo, the author here is advancing a conspiracy theory.
- In the case of Ingraham, anyone who spends as much as a few hours reviewing her politics knows that the idea that she would support a Nazi symbol is absurd. The accusation almost feels racist, bigotry being generated against Ingraham because she is blond haired and blue eyed (And horrors, she has adopted orphans from Russia! You know what THAT must mean. :-) )
- Finally, this. Anyone who reads my posts realizes that I studiously avoid quoting or citing from right-wing sources. I would rather post a citation which is less conclusive to my argument from a respected outlet than I would post a more conclusive one from a controversial outlet such as Fox, InfoWars, Breitbart, etc.
- With (5) in mind, let;s point out that the three links in the above paragraph are ALL from known left-wing agitpropaganda sites: Media Matter (which was founded for the purpose of advancing left wing propaganda), the Daily Beast, and the NY Daily News. This is the very definition of “echo chamber” when one agitprop outlet cites other agitprop outlets to “prove” that their demogogery is true.
In all, this article complains about Fox and right-wing outlets. Well, the goal of Rantt and Mr. Fish is clearly to double down; to take the lessons of Fox and the radio right-wing talkers and imitate them to the left.
Rantt is a propaganda outlet, and Mr. Fish is one of their propagandists.