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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Some Conservatives Are Helping Promote The Agendas Of Liberals And The Establishment GOP

Here's the Nonsense:  The media I choose for news has no bearing on political agendas of the left or right.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The media I get my news from determines how much truth or error are disseminated to the public because my choice helps determine their success.  It's one thing to view a link online to a story at a site, but quite another to go to that media source regularly as a viewer/reader to get news because that increases their revenue and success at disseminating their agenda.

Why would a conservative help promote the agendas of liberals or even the establishment GOP?  We know that when we do business with politically driven organizations our business helps promote their agenda.  I'm not talking about businesses that are clearly run and controlled by people of a given political ideology.  For example, the Target store chain has shown itself over the years to have management that lean left and choose to promote that ideology in their business.  But buying from Target does not mean you are directly supporting a left wing agenda.  Whereas, if you buy the New York Times, which is a major leftist newspaper, you are directly supporting their journalistic efforts to control opinions and outcomes of legislative activity and our elections.

That's a simple thing to understand, yet it's amazing how some conservatives are still blind to how their doing business with certain media outlets does nothing but support an agenda that is destroying America.

Now, you may be thinking that I'm referring to those who subscribe to papers like the New York Times or Washington Post.  You may think I'm talking about people who listen to talk shows like Thom Hartmann or Al Sharpton.  Some may even think I'm talking about CNN or MSNBC viewers.  While all of those apply, they're not what I'm talking about.  What I am talking about is far more insidious and will cause those who still hold on to it to get their backs up in anger because they refuse to face the facts and see what is happening.

What I'm referring to is Fox News selling out to dishonesty and a lack of integrity on the level of those very media outlets I've just named.  And watching their network is no better than supporting those liberal networks and media outlets.

While many conservatives have abandoned them, there are still a lot of people who haven't paid attention to how much worse it's gotten.  But, by going to war with them, Donald Trump has gone above and beyond anyone else in proving their support of an agenda that is harming America.

Megyn Kelly is said to be the first casualty in Donald Trump's war on Fox News, according to an article written by Matthew Boyle and published by Breitbart.  This is an excellent article that I highly recommend everyone click on the link and read.  However, I also think it underplays that Fox News itself has suffered significant and, most likely, irreparable damage in this war.  

While the aforementioned article does mention Kelly and Trump, the article and this blog post really aren't about either of them at all.  They're about Fox News and the fatal mistake that has changed their place in the news industry.

True conservatives are turning against Fox News in record numbers, and rightly so.  Many of us wised up to them years ago and have even warned people that they weren't what people thought they were.  Examples ranging from studies that found Fox to be center-left in its reporting, to Bill O'Reilly's moderate views that he claims are conservative, to reminding people of Megyn Kelly's response to a viewer who said he liked her conservative views which she replied by saying that he really didn't know her, have shown that Fox is no longer any more trustworthy than the mainstream media.

Fox has an agenda just like the mainstream media networks.  For the most part, that agenda lines up with the establishment GOP who control the Republican Party (and in case you didn't know, that agenda isn't much different from the liberal Democrat agenda). Some of the reason for it could be:

  • Rupert Murdoch, the main owner of Newscorp, Fox's parent company, is a strong establishment GOP supporter and has said he prefers a Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton presidency.  However, probably due to Hillary's problems and Jeb's campaign not catching on, he recently said he'd like Michael Bloomberg to run.
  • Murdoch's sons, who he is turning control of Newscorp over to, are Hillary Clinton supporters. 
  • The second largest stockholder in Newscorp is a Saudi prince who has flexed his muscle to control how some news stories are presented.
  • The plan of Roger Ailes, the guy that Murdoch has running Fox News, is to become more mainstream, which became obviously clear with the 2012 election.

Boyle's article for Breitbart cites former Trump campaign staffer Roger Stone, a legend in his advisory skills in the political process, as having what are known as "Stone's Rules" that include exactly what Trump has done with Fox's Megyn Kelly.  Stone's Rules say to "Hit it from every angle.  Open multiple fronts on your enemy.  He must be confused, and feel besieged on every side."

Boyle writes:  "That's exactly what Trump has done to Kelly, and she's been 'confused' amid a barrage of attacks, she's made the critical mistake Trump had been hoping she'd make:  she showed her hand, abandoning impartiality with people other than him."

And his article continues saying, "the way she [Kelly] handled the interviews as a whole in the context of the political debate indicates she is a journalist who has made up her mind about the 2016 election, and that she has a decided and clear point of view about the presidential candidacy of Trump.... Her point of view is one more fitting of a pundit, television personality, or opinion leader than that of a journalist or straight-down-the-middle news anchor or reporter - and she's using her position on the Fox News Channel to further that point of view rather than acting as an impartial arbiter of the 2016 presidential race.... it's clear from the narrative she's pushing on her show that Kelly wants to take Trump out.  Kelly will do everything within her power to undermine Trump's candidacy.  In response, Trump has been taking his battle axe driving public opinion to chop Kelly's carefully crafted impartial public image to pieces."

Fox News has "painted a picture of Kelly as a news woman who tells America the truth no matter what it is, in a fair and balanced manner."  And they've spent millions building her image because, as was noted before her show debuted, Roger Ailes sees Kelly as the future of Fox.  But Trump has exposed the fallacy of who and what she is.  And along with that, the fallacy of what Fox News is has also been exposed.

Contrary to what some uninformed people think, this didn't start with the Republican debate questions where, as I pointed out in a previous post, Kelly and Fox blatantly misrepresented facts about Trump's past to make him look bad.

Boyle points out that Kelly was out to get Trump before the debates.  She jumped on a Daily Beast article without vetting it, just to rush to air a story about Trump's divorce with his first wife, Ivana.  Later it was shown by Ivana, herself, to be false.  In fact, she not only refuted the story, she then went on to endorse her ex-husband and say he would make an incredible president.

Kelly's clear bias and malicious actions towards Trump were made even worse when Fox News stood behind her and called her a good journalist.  Ailes had said that Kelly was a good journalist and Trump replied by saying he didn't agree that she was a good journalist and then he reweeted negative comments about her that some of his followers had tweeted.  All of Fox management's lack of principles were then supported when many Fox personalities including Brian Kilmeade, Sean Hannity,  Geraldo Rivera, Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, Dana Perino and others took the Fox management side instead of standing up for honesty.  They are either uninformed (which they shouldn't be considering what they do for a living), blindly following their bosses, or agree that Kelly's dishonest journalism is acceptable.

All of this boils down to one thing:  Fox News, in supporting Kelly's actions, have shown themselves to be untrustworthy.  If they will allow lying to the public about one thing, then who says they aren't lying about other things?  

They are no better than the mainstream media and to disagree with that statement is to condone what they have done.

That is what Trump has exposed, showing Fox's true agenda more than anyone else has been able to do so before.

When we tune in to the mainstream media we are not only letting ourselves be subjected to a brain washing effort working to undermine our conservative values, we are also raising their viewership ratings.  All that does is help them continue in their efforts to control your thinking.  After all, ratings are what drive income because higher ratings mean high advertising revenue.  When you watch sources like that you are doing nothing but supporting those who either through ignorance or intent, are working towards the destruction of America.  And now, shown by their own actions, Fox News has joined the mainstream media.

Fox News is not the only choice anymore for conservatives.  NewsmaxTV and One America News are offering an alternative that give voice to conservative views.

Defend Fox if you choose, but in doing so you are siding with the mainstream media.  The press is supposed to be the watchman on the wall to protect a free society from out of control government.  The minute they cross the line and skew information, they are manipulating the facts and endangering the entire society.  That is what Fox has done.  They are not worthy of the viewership of conservatives and conservatives are foolish if they continue to watch them.

We complain because the GOP leadership in the House of Representatives won't use their power of the purse to control an out of control executive branch in our government.  But then we continue to support Fox News and don't use our viewership, which is our "power of the purse," to force them to change and report the news in a truly fair and balanced way.