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On the Neuroticism of Fox News Viewers

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Fox's hosts aren't partisan; they criticize republicans too.

Fox News, like many other conservative advocacy groups, the GOP included, doesn't one hundred percent support every position that every republican makes. Fox advocates ideology, their own version of America, their own sense of morality, and their own portrayal of history. When any person stands in the way of the perception of reality they're trying to sell, then Fox will aim their sights on them as well.

But MSNBC is worse!

I don't know that that's true, and it doesn't matter. It is, for certain, that MSNBC does have several left-leaning partisan shows with an obvious liberal bias. However, the sins of MSNBC don't counteract the sins of Fox News any more than the sins of the murder's brother are counteracted because he's just a burglar.

You have to know the hosts personally by watching them every night to know what they really mean.

For example: "When Glenn Beck railed against formal education and bragged that he was self educated at CPAC*, he really didn't mean that. You see, if you watched his show every night you would know that he really meant something totally different!"

In this way Fox News can serve multiple types of people within the segment of the population that they're targeting. In the given example, Fox appeals to conservatives to look down upon people who've graduated from "the liberal elite Ivy League," while at the same time appealing to conservatives who do place value in higher education. The trick is to just say that's not what they really meant. Those who want to believe the original sentiment see this as a wink (after all, even Fox has to appeal to the liberals or else face their wrath), and those who don't take it at face value.

[*CPAC, by the way, stands for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Imagine if Brian Williams gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He'd be forced to resign.]

A Message of Concealed Hate

Perhaps to some the hate that Fox News wraps around some of its stories isn't all that concealed. But, unfortunately, it is the vast majority of its viewers. Since the time that Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States hardly a night has passed where Fox News hasn't somehow compared him, democrats, or prominent members of the Democratic Party to some of the greatest monsters that history has to offer.

The government is getting involved in health care, that's how Adolph Hitler and the NAZI's started their takeover of Germany. That statement, though preposterous, is the very message that Fox News' Glenn Beck has been echoing night after night; comparing the current administration in the United States to Nazis. Painting the President and democrats in the color of hated leads viewers to looking at them all, Nazis and democrats alike, in the same light, to have the same feelings about Obama as they have about Hitler.

What follows these segments of what I call "distortionist history" is the blatant suggestion of armed revolt. "What's coming in this country is revolution" maybe," declares Glenn Beck on national cable television. These segments often include hysterical portrayals of a not-so-distant future where increased taxes due to socialist policies will lead to violence against the government; armed revolution. The show soon more closely resembles an assembly of neo-Nazis or anarchists than journalism of any kind.

Fox News is so biased against the President that they allow talk of actual violence to be a part of their broadcast. They're biased against the President of the United States of America. Think about that for a moment.

The Victim Viewers

The same First Amendment that protects all media, of course, applies to Fox News. Until Fox begins to outright advocate overthrowing the government, they'll carry on with their same rhetoric, and no one would dare try to stop them. That alone would embolden their viewers, who are religious in their zeal.

The best hope for them is that they have friends like us to bring that back to reality. Don't take it on your own to tell them that they're being lied to. They'll find it offensive that they're not smart enough to tell the difference between when they're being told the truth and when they're not.

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