Guilty as Charged

I’ve noticed that some political pundits–I won’t say whom but they are disproportionately from a certain “news” network– are saying that some people are “piling on” in regards to the News of the World bribing and hacking scandal. Some pundits are saying that people, like–oh–me (you know, lie-berals!) are looking at this scandal as an in to bring down the entire Murdoch empire, especially Fox News. And to that I say this: GUILTY. Guilty as charged.

I don’t want Fox News to exist.  Not unless it:

1.) Admits it is not a news network. I mean, they don’t actually report news there. Well, they do, but it’s usually sandwiched between alternately inane and psychotic editorializing. What Fox News does is lies and innuendo. That’s IT. It’s a network that regularly puts an “D” in front of the names of Republicans who’ve been caught in sex and corruption scandals. It has NO credibility.

2.) Admits that is an arm of the Republican party, and the craziest Teatard part of the Republican party at that, and NOTHING MORE. (See: coverage of Teatard rallies vs. Wisconsin protests.)

3.) That it lies regularly to further its agenda. This is why comparisons to MSNBC  make me want to bash my head against wall. Yes, MSNBC has a solid block of liberal-leaning programs on in the evening, but it ultimately relies on fact-based journalism to report, you know, actual news. In no way is Fox News reality or fact-based.

4.) That its audience is comprised almost solely of willfully-ignorant assholes and racists, who enjoy the fact that they’re being minsinformed so long as the “information” they’re given fits their worldview.

So, yeah, this News of the World scandal has me salivating. Hell, it’s all I can do to keep the drool from shorting out my keyboard. But if Fox News can admit that it’s just a piece-of-shit propaganda network shilling for a hateful, corrupt party to appeal to the meanest, basest instincts of America’s dumbest assholes, I’ll allow that it should be able exist.

UPDATE: I should never write long entries. They’re always chock-full of spelling and grammar mistakes. *facepalm* 

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15 thoughts on “Guilty as Charged

  1. Meh. To me this is an almost perfect "be careful what you wish for". Because Fox has a built in audience and advertisers, not to mention programming and broadcast infrastructure, if Murdoch were forced to sell it it would be snapped up by right wing extremists instead of movement conservatives like Murdoch and Ailes. It's conceivable that due to the fact that it goes back to a more rational time (1996) and Murdoch has a large number of other properties, there is a level of restraint in place that would no longer be applicable if some of the lunatic fringe (Limbaugh and Beck could easily set up a holding company to buy it) found themselves in charge.As odious and disingenuous as Fox has been under Murdoch, it's not hard to imagine how much worse it could be – which, in today's atmosphere of radical politics and partisan hatred would very likely INCREASE its profits.Nah – there's no getting rid of them – there will always be a Fox news. But I can sure imagine an even worse iteration. I think I'll stick with broad based suffering at News Corp, with slowly trickling allegations and arrests, a final humiliating resignation for Rupert, a trip to prison for James. These are things that can be enjoyed without taking another step towards the complete collapse of western civilization…

  2. As odious and disingenuous as Fox has been under Murdoch, it's not hard to imagine how much worse it could be – which, in today's atmosphere of radical politics and partisan hatred would very likely INCREASE its profits.I dunno- if they totally slipped down the rabbit hole, they would shrink their audience to the very fringe that doesn't dissemble because they still want to be invited to parties thrown by polite people. I'd rather have them go full-on Westboro Baptist Church, rather than maintaining a somewhat restrained Saddleback style.

  3. if Murdoch were forced to sell it it would be snapped up by right wing extremistsI'm afraid I don't see the difference between Ailes & Co. right-wing extremists. Am I missing something? Also, as is, Fox has incomparable harm to the country by muddying the waters of every policy debate and moving the Overton Window ever rightward. You say things could get worse; I don't see how.

  4. I dunno- if they totally slipped down the rabbit hole, they would shrink their audience to the very fringe that doesn't dissemble because they still want to be invited to parties thrown by polite people. I'd rather have them go full-on Westboro Baptist Church, rather than maintaining a somewhat restrained Saddleback style.Exactly.

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