Alright, I know I’ve beaten this subject to death already, but I found something that I couldn’t resist sharing with everyone.
MediaMatters.org recently published a post from an interview with a former Fox News employee. The topics he discusses confirm everything that has been said about the network up to this point. Go ahead and read it for yourself but here are some of my favorite quotes.
“I don’t think people would believe it’s as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.”
“They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news.”
“You have to work there for a while to understand the nods and the winks. And God help you if you don’t because sooner or later you’re going to get burned.”
“If it was a big enough story it was explained to you in the morning [editorial] meeting. If it wasn’t explained, it was up to you to know the conservative take on it. There’s a conservative take on every story no matter what it is. So you either get told what it is or you better intuitively know what it is.”
“For the first few years it was let’s take the conservative take on things. And then after a few years it evolved into, well it’s not just the conservative take on things, we’re going to take the Republican take on things which is not necessarily in lock step with the conservative point of view. And then two, three, five years into that it was, we’re taking the Bush line on things, which was different from the GOP. We were a Stalin-esque mouthpiece. It was just what Bush says goes on our channel. And by that point it was just totally dangerous. Hopefully most people understand how dangerous it is for a media outfit to be a straight, unfiltered mouthpiece for an unchecked president.”
“It was relentless and it never went away. If one controversy faded, goddamn it they would find another one. They were in search of these points of friction real or imagined. And most of them were imagined or fabricated. You always have to seem to be under siege. You always have to seem like your values are under attack. The brain trust just knew instinctively which stories to do, like the War on Christmas.”
All of these are incredible claims to be making, but these really hit home. The source stressed that:
“Fox News is designed to mislead its viewers and designed to engage in a purely political enterprise.”
“People assume you need a license to call yourself a news channel. You don’t. So because they call themselves Fox News, people probably give them a pass on a lot of things. I don’t think people understand that it’s an organization that’s built and functions by intimidation and bullying, and its goal is to prop up and support Republicans and the GOP and to knock down Democrats. People tend to think that stuff on TV is real, especially under the guise of news. You’d think that people would wise up, but they don’t.”
Regarding other reporters and pundits refusing to call out Fox News for what they are.
“They don’t have enough staff or enough balls or don’t have enough money or don’t have enough interest to spend the time it takes to expose Fox News. Or it’s not worth the trouble. If you take on Fox, they’ll kick you in the ass. I’m sure most [journalists] know that. It’s not worth being Swift Boated for your effort.” A reference to how Fox News traditionally attacks journalists who write, or are perceived to have written, anything negative about the channel. He continues to explain being perplexed in 2009 when the Obama White House called out Murdoch’s operation as not being a legitimate news source, only to have major Beltway media players rush to the aid of Fox News and admonish the White House for daring to criticize the cable channel. (Guess what dingleberries, if you can be critical of a President he has every right to be critical of you) “That blew me away because the White House’s critique of Fox News happens to be true.”
The avid Fox News viewers probably feel the desire to argue that this ex-Foxer’s statements should be discredited as no other previous Fox employees have come forward to confirm this information. The post also expresses the reasoning behind that.
It’s worth noting that Fox News employees, either current or former, rarely speak to the press, even anonymously. And it’s even rarer for Fox News sources to bad mouth Murdoch’s channel. That’s partly because of strict non-disclosure agreements that most exiting employees sign and which forbid them from discussing their former employer. But it also stems from a pervasive us-vs.-them attitude that permeates Fox News. It’s a siege mentality that network boss Roger Ailes encourages, and one that colors the coverage his team produces.
So it’s not just that they lean to the right, as I’ve said before they mislead viewers to push their agenda, that’s not reporting the news, that’s fabricating it. And calling yourself a news network is a disgrace to real journalists and real news networks. Say what you want about Fox News, for or against them, but at the end of the day, Fox is nothing more than a spider, spinning a web of lies.
- The Circle Jerk of Fox “News” (redstateprogressive.com)
- Rabbis Urge Murdoch to Rein In Beck, Fox News (newser.com)
- The Fox News Debacle: TechSavvy Update (rockpapershotgun.com)