Yesterday we published a piece regarding one conservative aficionado's posit about how Fox News has literally moved the US Congress and the nation to the socio/political Right.
'The Fox Effect' As Dangerous As Any External National Threats
Our point, if not clear via the title of the nascent piece, related to inherent danger in media that is over-the-top aligned with political ideology and media that broadcast a political agenda to millions. Another consideration regarding Fox News is its documented (via credible sources) of a serious lack of accuracy or veracity in its broadcasting. If we follow a process of deduction to the next level, we have a major broadcast network with the highest viewer rankings that literally broadcast lies, inaccurate information and misinformation. Now let's close the loop, those viewers cited above return day after day for what in many cases is misinformation' thus the network is a major paradigm influencer. You know the rest: paradigm is reality.
By now you should have imagined another dynamic from full-blown Fox News mania.
Huffington Post reporting recent reporting also indicates Fox News is actually hurting the Republican party.
The study, authored by Bruce Bartlett, who worked in the Treasury Department under George H. W. Bush and was also a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan, found that Fox viewers tended to be less informed about current affairs than people who watch mainstream news -- and even people who don't watch the news at all.
"Republican voters get so much of their news from Fox, which cheerleads whatever their candidates are doing or saying, that they suffer from wishful thinking and fail to see that they may not be doing as well as they imagine, or that their ideas are not connecting outside the narrow party base," Bartlett said.
Citing a host of other studies, Bartlett found that Fox News viewers tended to have misguided beliefs about the Iraq War, the Affordable Care Act and other major issues. He also noted that Fox's audience tended to hold a bias against Muslims.
"It appears that right-wing bias, including inaccurate reporting, became commonplace on Fox," Bartlett said.
This is especially problematic, he said, because "many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth."
Such comments from our cohorts on the Left are commonplace and frankly accurate. What is amaizing is the former Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul aficionado is boldly speaking and it appears from a basis of fact.
If you did not visit the Huff Po piece you missed an opportunity to view a now viral Comedy Central segment about Fox News and its blatant lac of accuracy.
The Daily Show's, Jon Stewart offers. The following is impossible to read as it runs only six seconds (50 Lies in 6 seconds)
Bartletts "study" also offers a key finding. He has written that the Fox News model is particularly addictive as its followers (viewers) will not watch other media. Basically, that seems like seeding a yard with weeds and only finding a yard full of weeds.
I have to ask, how is Bartlett's comments other than comments about propaganda.
A former Fox News propagandist
If it really bothers you, forgive the analogy to Joseph Goebbels, but recognize his words bore a strong degree of accuracy, except when practicing his trade: advancement of the Third Reich.
As a nation we may have far less concern with the ultimate horror of propaganda, as witness via the skills of Goebbels, but we should not assume The US will not suffer greatly if Fox News isn't paced in perspective. The thought is effectively embodied via a meme posted on the Ring of Fire Radio blog.
The emotion denotes the real prospect of ill-informed and angst filled voters. Do you think such people make good voting decisions?