The biggest obstacle to race relation (and other important social issues) in America is Fox Opinion Network, known by most as Fox News Network. Let me quickly explain before getting the hammer from the Fox fans the network caters to. Fox Opinion primary goal is (not journalism) to make money, so Fox’s hosts cater to their audience’s bias. From a financial or business perspective, this is an excellent approach; after all, the primary objective of any business is to make money, lots of it.
Translation: if Fox Opinion is your primary source of information, you are unfortunately among the most misinformed about any topic. According to several surveys, Fox’s audience is most interested watching programs (and/or hosts) who share their views (however wrong those views are), their beliefs (however twisted those beliefs are) and their Party of choice, the Republican Party. And Fox’s management has one goal in mind, to make money; so, the decision to satisfy an audience who craves for confirmation of its bias is very simple; it’s a marriage made in heaven. Don’t take my word for it; Bruce Bartlett, a top official in George H. W. Bush and also a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan, found in a study he conducted that Fox viewers are much less informed than even people who don’t watch news at all. According to Bartlett, “Republican voters get so much of their news from Fox, which cheerleads whatever their candidates are doing or saying, that they suffer from wishful thinking and fail to see that they may not be doing as well as they imagine, or that their ideas are not connecting outside the narrow party base.” Bartlett concluded “It appears that right-wing bias, including inaccurate reporting, became commonplace on Fox.”
Bartlett is not the only Republican to express dismay at Fox’s approach to broadcasting; in 2012, Newt Gingrich publicly denounced Fox as bias “…We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.” If you are a Fox fan, you probably don’t care what others say about Fox Opinion but if you want to have intelligent discussions with your colleagues, your peers, your friends and your neighbors about issues of importance, Fox Opinion Network is not a place to seek accurate information about any topic. Why, you might ask? A new study found that “Fox News Is Brainwashing Viewers And Hurting The Republican Party.”
Jason Easley of Politics USA puts it bluntly “Viewers have been brainwashed by a combination of misinformation and constant confirmation of their own biases. Fox News doesn’t “report” reality. The result is that millions of Fox News Republicans expect their candidates to carry out what they see on television, which has led to a party of non-reality based voters supporting delusional candidates.” The study has not only corroborated my arguments on previous articles about Fox Opinion but it has also reached the same conclusion I have, “The conclusion is unmistakable. Fox News has not only broken journalism. The conservative news network is also destroying the Republican Party.” Why does any of that matter? The SC church shooting is a turning point in Race Relations in America and Fox is in the way of progress.
Stay tuned for the second part where we will expose areas Fox needs to work on to help with the Race issue (and any other important ones) our society is coping with.Follow @mducheiney