WaPo Columnist: Fox News Is A Shameless Propaganda Outfit That Monetizes Fear
Over the past 22 years, beginning in 1996, Fox News has risen from a network with some bad intentions to an outright propaganda machine for President Trump and his administration. The network uses fear mongering and sometimes ignores basic journalistic standards.
For example, the false reporting in 2017 which added fuel to the conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton had Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee staffer killed because he leaked campaign secrets. The Fox report was eventually retracted.
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan reminded readers last year that Fox News also fueled “birtherism” which is the racist lie about the birthplace of former president Barack Obama. More, the prominent Fox personality Sean Hannity is a confidant of President Trump and consistently reports in his favor.
The New Yorker magazine recently published an investigation on Fox led by Jane Meyer. The piece made a huge impact. Subsequently, Tom Perez announced that Fox would not be chosen as a host for the Democratic party debates.
NBC political reported Jonathan Allen stated,“There are plenty of quality journalists at Fox, some of whom have been excellent questioners at past presidential debates. And really, if you can’t answer questions — especially if they’re not the questions you want asked — maybe you don’t have good answers.”
Trump followed suit, tweeting: “Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”
Covered by the First Amendment, which promises freedom of speech, Fox News can do anything it wants to do while on air. Yet, there will be consequences. Democracy must be based on a shared set of facts, not a destructive set of lies. Generally, when news stations misstep in this sense, they try to correct themselves. Fox News does not do the same. It does not seem to have an ethics and standards department, and it does not publish its ethical guidelines as some other news stations do.
Greg Sargent at the Washington Post previously pointed out, “Fox News is fundamentally in the business of spreading disinformation, as opposed to conservative reportage.” And that disinformation “is plainly about deceiving millions into believing that core functionings of our government — whether law enforcement or congressional oversight — no longer have any legitimacy.”