FOX News is waaaay too liberal…

Posted: March 25, 2013 in Fox "news", funny conservatives, funny shit, politics, Republicans, the media, the tea party
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In the ongoing GOP Civil War (the hilarious spectacle of the Tea Partiers vs. The GOP Establishment) David Freedlander at the Daily Beast has a story, “Why Tea Partiers Are Boycotting Fox News,” that will warm the cockles of the hearts of non-Conservatives everywhere:

First it was the ‘left’ turn after the election, then Benghazi coverup accusations. Activists have a list of demands for the conservative network, which some say is ‘not as fair and balanced as we thought.’

That is what a number of Tea Party activists are saying and they are organizing a boycott to protest the conservative station’s coverage, especially what they view as the network’s relative silence in investigating the attacks on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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.”

The three-day boycott lasted Thursday morning through Sunday morning, and is the second time this group of activists have gone Fox-free in an effort to steer the coverage. Organizers say a two-day boycott earlier this month knocked 20 percent off of the network’s regular viewership. (A Daily Beast analysis of the same data showed that the boycott had little effect.)

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

A leader of the boycott, Kathy Amidon, of Nashville, declined an interview, instead directing The Daily Beast to a website, Benghazi-Truth. The website, a single-page, 23,000-word manifesto complete with multicolored fonts, supposedly incriminating videos of Fox News’s complicity in a coverup, and communist propaganda photographs, is kept by someone who identifies himself online as ‘Proe Graphique,’ and who other members of boycott described as someone who works ‘in New York media.’

By way of explanation, the website reports:

People ask why not all mainstream media? Why just Boycott FOX? The answer, again, is that FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck. FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the MSM doesn’t need us at all, to speak of.

Organizers then encourage would-be Fox News viewers to wait until the One America network, which is supposed to launch this summer as an alternative to Fox, goes on the air.

The night of the first boycott, Fox News host Sean Hannity devoted a segment to the attacks called ‘Six Months of Deceit.’ Organizers didn’t watch it—since they were boycotting the network—and said that it was too little, too late, anyway.

“We have seen FOX suddenly get very loud about Benghazi after the 1st boycott, but conservatives are conservative because they are not stupid,” the website reads. “We recognize, easily, loud noise which is low on substance. In other words, by whining loudly about Benghazi without the kind of hard-hitting investigative reporting that brought down Nixon over Watergate, what we are seeing from FOX IMO is smoke and mirrors; a trick, to fool us into dutifully genuflecting at their [sic] alter of their arrogant hosts who throw us crumbs with one hand while insulting us with the other. If we want FOX to get serious, we’re going to have to keep hitting them hard. And that is just exactly what we’re going to do.”

Going without the conservative movement’s house organ, however, has proven to be no easy task for true believers.

“I am having withdrawal. I do like Fox News,” said Kevin Avard, a former state lawmaker in New Hampshire who is participating in the boycott. “I have been going to CNN, and to Headline News just to get some kind of fix. I usually probably only watch them once or twice a year.”

“I used to have it on all day long, and I probably watched maybe six hours last week,” he said. “The more I looked at it, I have come to the conclusion that Fox is not as fair and balanced as I thought. They shade the truth also.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 says 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 more I research into Fox—I was like holy cow! Maybe they are just trying to snatch our pockets. Maybe they are just talking the talk, because it sure doesn’t look like they are walking the walk.

Among the demands the protesters have is that Fox News ‘be the right-wing CBS News: to break stories, to break information, and to do what news organizations have always done with such stories: break politicians,’ that the network have at least one segment on Benghazi every night on two of its prime-time shows; that Fox similarly devote investigative resources to discovering the truth of Obama’s birth certificate; and that the network cease striving to be ‘fair and balanced.’

“’We need Fox to turn right,’ said Hjerlied. ‘We think this is a coverup and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media.‘”

 

Comments
  1. Reford Nash says:

    Now this is news! Who knew that Fox was leaning left? Meanwhile, they accuse Fox of succumbing to “Hitlerian” manipulation. But wouldn’t that be turning right? Maybe it’s time for me to check out Fox again — especially if the Tea Party is opposing it.

  2. It’s hilarious to see the Teapublicans pretending to think for themselves, but the moment will pass.

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