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Fox So-Called "News" Is "GOP TV" in the 21st Century

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It's time to stop calling the Fox cable TV network a "news" network and start calling it what it is: a propaganda network for billionaires like Rupert Murdoch who own the Republican Party.

And, it's Roger Ailes' dream of "GOP TV" come to life.

Even though the network has long called itself a source of "Fair and Balanced News," the reality is that the network produces content that is anything but fair or balanced. And it's certainly not news.

Because much of the content that Fox puts out is propaganda for the Republican party and the billionaires that own the party.

Fox spends an inordinate amount of time, according to Media Matters for America, spreading fear and half-truths that promote the agenda of the billionaires.

You don't have to search very hard for examples of Fox promoting the GOP's agenda that's simply based on fear, hatred and Reaganomics for the rich.

And it really doesn't matter what they're talking about. Many Fox reports try to pack as much of the billionaires' agenda in as possible. They don't even need the points to make sense.

Just take a look at how Eric Bolling and the rest of the Republican parrots on "The Five" discussed lone-wolf terrorism in the US earlier this week.

In one fell swoop the panel manages to dismiss any conversation about over-medication or the state of mental health treatment in the US -- because that conversation might be harmful to the Republican's sponsors in the pharmaceutical industry.

And they somehow even managed to take a swipe at climate change, rejecting the consensus of all credible climate scientists as nothing more than conjecture and a hokey liberal explanation for everything.

And that was all before Bolling's actual point: that he's proud to be Islamophobic and that we should assume that one out of every five Muslims are guilty of possibly being radicalized.

In other words, the US still needs to be terrified of the Muslim world.

And the real point at the end of the Fox rabbit hole is simply that we need to be prepared to continue our wars in the Middle East, because the invasion of Iraq didn't make quite enough money for the oil barons and arms dealers who own so many Republicans in Congress.

It isn't a wild conspiracy theory to say that Fox is a propaganda machine for the GOP, according to Media Matters, it's a matter of historical record.

Back in 1970, when he was working in the Nixon White House, Roger Ailes had a dream.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)
 

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