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Dissension in the Ranks
Wow. You know it's got to be getting bad when one main stream news source actually goes so far as to call out another news source and call them bald faced liars on international TV.
I don't think I can recall in all of my years anything like this ever happening. I grew up with TV news. Our very first TV was acquired in 1955. It had a cabinet that took up half of the wall and the screen was the size of a dinner plate. We got two stations if we were lucky and you had to constantly mess with the antenna. Our TVs grew with the times and by the sixties we had color and could reliably get the three networks. Vietnam became the first televised war and it was on all three networks every night.
My parents tended to watch CBS the most. They adored Walter Cronkite. Throughout that time, TV news was always dignified and without fail, trustworthy. The three networks competed, but never did they impugn the integrity of another network's news. CNN joined the pack and was welcomed into the brotherhood. They were "different". They were cable and never really threatened the stability of the "big three". CNN followed the rules, competing by always going for the story and not the reputation of it's competitors. Then Rupert Murdoch came along and (literally) set the "fox" loose in the hen house.
The evolution of FOX broadcasting has actually been fairly gradual. Murdoch tested the waters and kept pushing the envelope of his partisanship but made it very clear from the beginning that he bought FOX for one purpose and one purpose alone; to reshape and influence political discourse to the right. He didn't care how he did it and he had every intention of using every dirty trick in the book.
FOX News lies. Multiple nonpartisan sites on the internet have pointed out the outright lies that FOX News has put forth before the public over and over again. Along with that, it has been pointed out multiple times by multiple sources that FOX News slants it's stories, sometimes by withholding information crucial to the story or showing only part of a sound bite and taking the utterance completely out of context. Murdoch has achieved his goal. He has turned the FOX network into his personal propaganda machine. So big has his juggernaut grown that it commands a place at the table with every other large news organization.
Which begs the question. Everyone knows FOX News lies. It's the elephant in the room; an elephant that has grown so huge that it's to the point where other media sources are actually calling FOX on their lies, an act that thirty years ago would have been unthinkable. So why do people watch it? Why are people so desperate to believe this one, lone news source to the extent that they will vilify every other major televised news source in this country? Somebody have an answer?