Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fox "News": A No-Go Zone For Facts, Honesty, Decency

In the wake of the "no-go zones" fabrication perpetrated by Fox "News" in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo violence, Leonard Pitts notes that the strong response of the French and British to Fox's outrageous lies could reveal something about ourselves (our emphasis):
Last week, Fox did something Fox almost never does. It apologized. Indeed, it apologized profusely, multiple times, on air. 
The most important takeaway here is not the admittedly startling news that Fox, contrary to all indications, is capable of shame. Rather, it is what the European response tells us about ourselves and our waning capacity for moral indignation with this sort of garbage.
Indeed, it seems the American capacity for tolerating the sewage that spews from evil toad Rupert "Aargh" Murdoch's Fox "News" on a daily basis is unlimited. As Pitts further notes,
It’s amazing, the things you can get used to, that can come to seem normal. In America, it has come to seem normal that a major news organization functions as the propaganda arm of an extremist political ideology, that it spews a constant stream of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia and manufactured outrage, and that it does so with brazen disregard for what is factual, what is right, what is fair, what is balanced — virtues that are supposed to be the sine qua non of anything calling itself a newsroom.
Fox does it because they're part of the vile, cynical, Social Darwinist, sociopathic right wing in America that believes the (extremist) ends justify the (extremist) means.  They get away with it, and will continue to, because of what Pitt calls "our waning capacity for moral indignation" (imagine Americans being more jaded than Europeans!) -- and with, we might add, a large helping of lazy cowardice from politicians and the "mainstream media" in ignoring, minimizing or cynically playing along =cough= Piyush "Bobby" Jindal =cough= with Fox's poisonous lies.

Sic transit gloria America.

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