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Showing posts with label Bruce Bartlett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bruce Bartlett. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

'The Fox Effect' As Dangerous As Any External National Threats: Part Deux


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.

Huffington Post
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."
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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?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

'The Fox Effect' As Dangerous As Any External National Threats

On a daily basis, my Internet meandering and scrouging around sometimes leads to interaction with someone who obviously spends a great part of their day watching Fox News. Without exception the interactions seem to yield poor souls who grab Fox &; Friends before work and rejoins the network in the evening for major doses of Fox News "tin foil hat-theria." (e.g. O'Reilly, Kelly, Hannity and Van Sustren). Oh, the thought is horrifying. 

Even more dire are interactions with Fox viewers who do not work and have a full day of Fox viewing. These viewers seem to occupy mid-day away from Fox News with mega doses of Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, or their favorite AM talk show host. 

As a great philosopher once promulgated as mantra "... I pity the poor fool (s)!

Fox News personalities have a penchant for referring to their employer as "The powerful Fox News Network." Fox viewers have a 360 degree mutually flagellating (symbiotic) relationship that is shared by all successful businesses: The service provider gives the customer (viewer) what they want.   

And, here is what the viewers apparently want according to Politifact.

Spring 2015 Fox File statement analysis.

  •  True 15 (11%)          

  •  Most ly True 16 (11%)    

  •  Half True 27 (19%)

  •  Mostly False 29 (21%)    

  •  False 40 (29%)        

  •  Pants on Fire 13  (9%) 
    January 27th 2015, linked.

    Fox viewers are one consideration and a major impetus for Fox News entertainment and its ability to return a profit to Murdoch's empire. A sis the case with all tings politics in the US, Fox has an even more critical role as purveyor or Right Wing dogma. As a non Fox News viewer, you already know the aforementioned. "Well, did you know the network has a effect on the US Congress?"

    A conservative operative who worked for Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul as well as George H.W. Bush asserts the US Congress has been literally moved to the poli/social Right via the effect Fox News.  Talking Points Memo is reporting Bruce Bartlett  cites a series of studies with findings that are (to put it mildly) disturbing.

    As you follow the TPM piece, retain a bit of contemplation regarding the Politifact data (above).

    “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”


    In a paper published last week, conservative economist Bruce Bartlett made the case that Fox News has had a significant effect on the political process and electoral outcomes in America, yet another contribution to the study of "The Fox Effect." 
    Since Fox founder and chairman Roger Ailes opened shop in 1996, the effects of the powerhouse conservative channel on the media landscape have been widely noted. Bartlett, a onetime advisor to Rep. Ron Paul and President Ronald Reagan and official in the administration George H.W. Bush, cites several studies showing how Fox broke into an untapped market for a single conservative news source after years of FCC regulations which required equal time for political debate (the so-called "fairness doctrine" ended in 1987 under President Reagan.) 
    But Barlett also surfaced studies which show that that the Fox Effect changed not only Americans' media diet, but their political behavior as well — boosting turnout for the GOP and pushing both Republicans and Democrats rightward in Congress. 
    A 2007 study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics found that the arrival of Fox had a "significant effect" on the presidential elections from 1996 to 2000: Republican candidates gained 0.4 to 0.7 percentage points in towns that broadcast the channel. (The research also credited Fox with GOP gains in the Senate.

    If Fox News has actually moved the US legislative to the Right. it would be hard to argue the Executive Branch hasn't also moved Right

    There are other dynamics related to the Fox News Effect on our nation. In 2011, CBS News hired a longtime Fox News executive to run its News division.  David Rhodes joined the CBS team and foe my money the networks news division hasn't been to same since. Rhodes started his television career at Fox News out of college and in 1996 (the year of Fox News's inception). Rhodes grew to professional competence and political inclination along the lines of the very network for which he worked anf with all corporate mission, vision and values. Do you recall 2013 Lara Logan "Benghazi" segment developed around an outright liar who claimed to have been at the site of the embassy and consulate killings? You know the outcome; complete fabrication via a full twenty plus minutes on the CBS flagship news magazine. The story was so Fox News it reeked of Sean Hannity and company.

    When the Fox News Effect advances to a national mindset, when the Fox News model with all associated data advances via corporate ratings grabs to network media. From national mindset the "effect" moves to paradigm. Paradigm in turn becomes reality.

    Now, one final degree of contemplation: revisit the Politifact data (above). 

    And, there-in lies great danger!