Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Donald Trump is the ultimate result of Fox News.

Granted, this year other networks certainly share some blame, particularly MSNBC for simply turning over the airwaves to him early in the campaign.  

But Fox News is responsible.

Remember one thing about journalism and one thing about Fox News.   Journalism requires verification.  Journalists don't just believe what they're told, professional journalists always seek to verify.  Fox News has never had anything to do with journalism.   It's not a news organization.   It's the most highly profitable and successful political propaganda organization in the history of human communication.

In her New York Times op-ed, Senator Elizabeth Warren makes a wonderfully accurate assessment of the "rigged election."  She writes:

Cratering the polls, besieged by sexual assault allegations and drowning in his own disgusting rhetoric, Donald Trump has been reduced to hollering that November's election is "rigged" against him.   His proof?   It looks like he's going to lose.

Senior Republican leaders are scrambling to distance themselves from this dangerous claim.  But Trumps argument didn't spring from nowhere.   It's just one more symptom of a long-running effort by Republicans to delegitimize Democratic voters, appointees and leaders.  For years, this disease has infected our politics. 

The 24-hour mosquito that carries the infection across the nation is Fox News.  

The enemy of democracy is not terrorism.   As Justice David Souter eloquently explains, the enemy of democracy is civic ignorance.  

Climate change?  Science?   Not to worry.   With Fox News, you have the perpetuator of civic ignorance.  It takes an actor on the National Geographic channel  to attempt to inform a public suffering from the infliction of the "who do we hate today" network.   If you're a citizen with a rational brain, watch Before the Flood.   Then ask yourself as a citizen of the United States two questions:  why didn't the moderators of the presidential debates ask specific questions about climate change, and why would any thoughtful person waste one second listening to Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly?

When journalism fails, bad things happen.  For the sake of the country, let's hope we don't pay the ultimate price for civic ignorance.  


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