Although FOX News has fared much better than the other cable news networks, it has still reportedly lost viewers. To be sure, it hasn’t experienced the viewer hemorrhaging that Biggest Loser CNN has — but it still could use a jolt of fresh vision… and the kind of anger that only FOX News producers can stir up.
Yes, I’m serious here.
You see, CNN and MSNBC have become little more than fawning presidential mouthpieces and “echo chambers” for even the most ludicrous pro-TSA and pro-establishment Washington public relations pieces. (Recent example: This story on CNN, about a disassembled handgun apparently smuggled in a child’s stuffed animals at an airport, does not add up. The gun smuggling was deemed the “result of a domestic dispute,” and yet the passenger was still allowed to continue his flight after the handgun had been confiscated. The TSA, of course, immediately had soundbites on tap in a news release. That story simply does not make logical sense, and CNN takes the TSA’s public relations account at face value, without doing any background work whatsoever.)
FOX News, unlike TMZ-wannabe CNN, was once a place that relished the fight, and took great pleasure in slamming a President’s blunders and the missteps of the agencies under his watch. Of course, it helps if that President is also a Democrat.
But where is FOX News outrage when it comes to the NDAA and CISPA? Where is their outrage over HR 347, which Obama signed into law — and which may criminalise certain forms of peaceful protest? And where is their outrage over the Obama administration’s weird crackdown on medical marijuana, which even Nancy Pelosi has condemned.
Bill O’Reilly could slam CISPA into non-existence within a segment or two. Sean Hannity’s “vetting” segments are a sign that FOX could be the mainstream media’s voice of opposition — a voice American viewers are desperate to hear — yet these segments rarely go deep enough.
Shepard Smith’s on-air disgust over the FBI’s inability to state whether the government has the right to kill American citizens without due process is precisely the sort of passionate journalism voters and viewers are demanding. Yet this passion only occasionally leaks through at FOX these days.
Has Roger Ailes become a pacifist Buddhist or something? An Obama fanboy? There is so much to challenge this administration on, and there are now (by my admittedly rough estimation) tens of millions of Americans who know about NDAA and CISPA thanks to Internet news, yet aren’t being served by the major cable news networks.
FOX News could tap into that audience.
David’s appearance on RT America yesterday, discussing the threat CISPA poses to Americans:
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