Even Fox News is Not Pure Enough

Tea Partiers are starting to engage in boycotts of Fox News. Strange. This is at PoHuff:

“Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left,” said Stan Hjerlied, 75, of Fort Collins, Colo., and a participant in the boycott. He pointed to an interview Fox News CEO Roger Ailes gave after the election in which he said that the Republican Party and Fox News need to modernize, especially around immigration. “So we are really losing our only conservative network.” […]

Donnie Farner, 48, works as a chimney sweep in central Pennsylvania and runs a website, Proud Conservative, which sells right-leaning memorabilia like “Liberals Are Friggin Idiots” T-shirts and bumper stickers which read “Ten Out of Ten Terrorists Recommend Voting Democrat.”

He said staying away from Fox News, and in particular its website, is harder than he realized.

“It is honestly because Fox is everywhere. If you are on Twitter, you click on a link, chances are it might go through Mediaite or Drudge, but it ends up at Fox because Fox originated the story.”

He quickly clicks away, instead relying on Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze to stay informed.

The goofballs. And the “One America network” is supposedly coming this summer (yet another challenge to Fox News from its right).

President Obama has driven the Republican Party’s members into a state of confusion. He has their number. The right has fractured. Expect a third party run in 2016.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Even Fox News is Not Pure Enough

  1. A right wing third party? Wow that would elect another Democrat for sure. Fox watchers are like addicts who need to turn to something stronger and purer I think.

  2. Staffan says:

    It’s not the Right that has fractured, it’s America. There is no longer a dominant group on which to base society. It’s like when Germans wonder why they should pay for Greece. American middle class are moving to red states for the same reason – they don’t want to pay for that which they no longer consider to be America.

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      No dominant group? Good. That means compromise and learning to live with one another. No invisibility.

      The problem for the right is that it can’t get to fifty percent plus one anymore using the traditional dog whistles. The pro-torture dog whistle, the drug war dog whistle, the anti-immigration dog whistle, the anti-gay dog whistle, the anti-terrorism dog whistle, the anti-Muslim dog whistle, the anti-crime dog whistle, the black menace dog whistle, the anti-feminist dog whistle, the anti-abortion dog whistle, the anti-health care dog whistle, the anti-UN dog whistle, the prayer in schools dog whistle, the pro-gun dog whistle, the expand the military dog whistle, the anti-China dog whistle, the axis of evil dog whistle: none of them work as well as they used to.

      Right-wingers suddenly come across largely as cranks when they deploy them. It’s not 2004 anymore. Bush is now an albatross on the Republican Party’s neck. The majority does not want to go back to a presidency like his.

      The right can still get traction on economic issues and will win elections whenever the economy goes south. The debt and taxes will always have to be kept in line. The right can also win off-year elections with the old menu. But Barack Obama has functioned as an adult in the face of a years-long tantrum. Everyone has seen that a calm moderate who doesn’t behave hysterically can get Osama bin Laden, can move the country forward, etc.

      Obama, by being a lightening rod for hostility, has basically ruined the right just by staying calm, by not jumping at the right’s whistles or letting those whistles set the country’s agenda.

      And the Republican Party’s base members, by relentlessly attacking a black man (with no evidence of let up), have sent a message, not just to blacks, but to all non-whites, women, gays, non-Southerners, and young people as well. That message is this: the Republican Party is not for you. It’s for white men, religious fundamentalists, and rich elderly people nostalgic for the 1950s.

      What the Republicans need are “gateway drugs” for people to join their party. Favoring gay marriage and marijuana legalization might attract young people to the party again, and immigration reform might attract Hispanics (as examples). But are Republicans really capable of making these cultural moves? And won’t it be on such issues that the party will fracture or lose its (fundamentalist) base energy?


      • Staffan says:

        “No dominant group? Good. That means compromise and learning to live with one another. No invisibility.”

        Look at other countries with no dominant group. Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Iraq. Look at all the multi-ethnic countries in Africa with their neverending conflicts. But one African country is different from the rest. Botswana is 70 percent one tribe and one religion and is ranked higher than USA on the Gobal Peace Index.

      • Santi Tafarella says:

        Individuals have rights, not groups. That’s the Lockean and Jeffersonian insight that puts society and history on a more peaceful and prosperous footing.

        Iraq (for example) is poor and violent because Islam is Herderian, focused on the ummah (the religious community). When Iraq finally discovers Jefferson, it will get its act together.

        One person one vote, freedom of association and self-definition, property rights, freedom to trade, and individual rights guaranteed under the rule of law replaces group rights assertions. Absent these, it’s hard for life not to be nasty, brutish, and short.

        The greatest enemies of the Iraqi people are its imams. Their greatest friend, the Internet (because it is there one can learn about Jefferson and critical thinking).


  3. Staffan says:

    Well, we can agree that Islam is problematic, but that didn’t make Czechoslovakia break in half, not even Yugoslavia. It can also be seen in America when White Christians began to lose their dominance in the 1960s crime rates soared. (And before you say it, crime is only down now because the population is old. Being old isn’t a long-term method to fight conflicts and violence.)

    Look at the ethnic diversity of countries around the world. You find a clear pattern with most diversity in Africa and the least in Europe and East Asia. This coincides with wars and armed conflicts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_ranked_by_ethnic_and_cultural_diversity_level

  4. Luke says:

    Multiculturalism will be the ruin of this country. You need look no further than Quebec to see what a disaster it is. Republicans will not win elections by demonizing minorities but by an emphasis on values. The contrast will not be too difficult since Democrats essentially lack values.

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