The audience that Fox fears losing
The brazen misconduct at Fox News is incredible. The network is a grotesquerie that has managed to destabilize American society to satisfy the rapacious greed of Rupert Murdoch. His legacy will one day come down to two words; good riddance.
What is most amazing about the scandal is that it is ongoing. The three hours of prime time television that drizzle lies in an endless acid rain of deception, hosted by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, will pick back up on Monday. That is a startling fact. There is no change coming. The unmasking is utter and complete. There will never be another moment where Fox News isn’t synonymous with insanity and lying. It is America’s Chernobyl.
Fox News is pollution. It serves up a toxic stew of insanity, malice, grievance, fear and misinformation to sate the appetite of its whipped up audience that is incited every time they turn the TV on. It casts a very large shadow over American culture, and it has damaged the domestic tranquility of the nearly 247-year old American union in a singular way. Fox News has destroyed the truth and reality for many millions of American adults. In fact, its assault on truth has caused a national crisis by triggering a societal catastrophe. Millions of Americans don’t know what is real. They’ve been duped, conned and swindled — only they aren’t mad at the conman, they’re mad at everyone else. That’s the con. It is remarkable.