Communications – right wing

Veteran Newsman Ted Koppel Scorches O’Reilly: “You Spent 20 Years Making The News Dumber” By Juan Wilder, Greenville Gazette, 03.08.16 Someone with impeccable credentials finally put Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in his place. Iconic newsman Ted Koppel was a recent guest on O’Reilly’s popular TV show, “The O’Reilly Factor.” Koppel holds some 50 years in the journalism field and is perhaps best known for anchoring ABC’s “Nightline,” television’s first late-night network news program.A new study has found that Fox News is hurting the Republican Party by brainwashing millions of angry conservatives with misinformation.

The Fox News Cult Of  Ignorance: It’s Just As Bad As You Thought, Posted by Mark NC on September 26, 2015 Two years ago News Corpse published a collection of articles that documented the deception, propaganda, and outright lies…

This Is How Fox News Brainwashes Its Viewers: Our In-Depth Investigation of the Propaganda Cycle Posted by Heather Hogan on September 2, 2015   2016 presidential primary season is in full swing, which means, among other things, that Fox News’ ratings are skyrocketing. Fox News has been the most watched cable news network in the country for 12 straight years, regularly pulling in more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. During the first Republican primary debate of this season, Fox clocked its most-ever (24 million) viewers, making the two-hour show the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time. Over the last ten years, everyone I know has lost a friend or family member or mentor to Fox News. Like me, they have watched helplessly as people they love have become part of the conservative punditry herd and, over time, traded their compassion for paranoia; their thoughtful opinions for manufactured outrage; and their empathy for hateful rhetoric. These people — these moms and dads and aunts and uncles and grandparents and brothers and sisters and pastors and politicians and friends — have been deceived into believing that Fox News and Fox-approved talk radio hosts provide the only commentary they can trust….

New Study Finds That Fox News Is Brainwashing Viewers And Hurting The Republican Party

Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV ProfitsBy Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Bill Moyers It’s not good enough to say the money comes from the XYZ Fund for Swell Americans; we need to know who the wealthy individuals and corporate interests are secretly pulling the levers. READ MORE» 

Robert Reich, 7/21/16  No person has done more to poison the minds of Americans than Roger Ailes, who for the last two decades has masterminded Fox News’ steady gush of vitriol and paranoia fueling white male working class rage against immigrants, blacks, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, liberals, gays, Latinos, and women – the culmination of which is now on display on the stage of the Republican National Convention….

NYT ‘s Kristof: Right-Wing Media “Echo Chamber” Helped Trump’s Rise, New York Times,, February 11, 2016 The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof explained how conservative media is partially responsible for the success of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, noting that the conservative media “echo chamber” is responsible for “breeding a myopic extremism in which reality is irrelevant.” Trump’s prominence in the right-wing media landscape has been rising since Fox News promoted his birther theory about President Obama in 2011. Since then, Trump has been a regular fixture on Fox News, with the network giving him almost $30 million in free airtime — more than double any other candidate. Likewise, talk radio hosts including Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity have hyped Trump’s presidential bid since the summer. Limbaugh has praised Trump for his “ability to illuminate” issues, while Hannity has characterized him as “impressive and refreshing.” And it’s not only talk radio: conservative pundits have frequently championed Trump’s offensive rhetoric. In his February 11 article, Kristof explained how conservative media has capitalized on the “Pandora’s box …. of fear and resentment” opened by the Republican party, creating an “echo chamber” that has tugged the party to the right by “breeding a myopic extremism in which reality is irrelevant.” Kristof concluded that Trump – “an ill-informed, inexperienced, bigoted, sexist xenophobe” — is “the consequence” of the “politics of resentment” within the Republican party:…

How Conservative Radio Creates an Echo Chamber of Hate

Pioneering Hate Radio by Dick Polman

Fox News is Tearing Us Apart: Race Baiting and Divisiveness Hits a Disgusting New Low By Paul Rosenberg,  Salon, posted on, August 29, 2014  …today’s conservative media were unlike anything in existence in 1992…white victimization — and thus rallying around victim/heroes — is the cornerstone of Fox News’ programming, even as it’s embraced the ideology that racism has been eradicated (never mind the actual facts, and concluded that the real racists are those who still talk about race…There has been a clear strategic calculation here among Republican elites. Better to leverage or at least accept the racism of much of the Republican base than try to clean it up…almost 50 years after Nixon first launched his “Southern Strategy,” …

Does Fox News Cause Ignorance, or Do Ignorant Viewers Prefer Fox News? A new study reveals the gap between the channel’s fans and the rest of America By Danny Vinik @dannyvinik, The New Republic, June 10, 2014 

Fox’s Unbalanced Ethics Threatens Democracy by Wendell Potter Huffington, December 9, 2010

 Republicans Lied To by ‘Conservative Entertainment Complex By Alexander C. Kaufman,, November 09, 2012

Even Right-Wingers Become Liberals When They Turn Off Fox News By Paul Rosenberg,, November 8, 2013 …there is broad consensus across the boards on the basic contours of government spending priorities…It’s just that the center is not where it’s supposed to be: It’s not somewhere in between the two parties, it’s well to the left of the Democrats in D.C. If you look at how much liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans agree with one another — regardless of the positions they take — you come up with figures for a cross-ideological consensus…the big picture was strikingly clear….nobody ever asks the public what they want in ways that allow them to articulate a coherent vision… the bottom line boils down to this…The real polarization in American politics is a split between symbolic conservative intuitions on the one hand, and pragmatic liberal facts on the other…The more informed that people become, the closer they are to the problems that need solving, the more liberal they become…Sober facts bring us together. Unchecked fantasies drive us apart…We need facts now, more than ever, to get our country — and our government — working again.

Only 28 percent of Fox News climate segments are accurate By Chris Mooney, Grist, April 7, 2014 – excerpt — According to a Pew study released last year, 38 percent of U.S. adults watch cable news. So if you want to know why so many Americans deny or doubt the established science of climate change, the content they’re receiving on cable news may well point the way. According to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, misinformation about climate science on cable news channels is pretty common. The study found that last year, 30 percent of CNN’s climate-related segments were misleading, compared with 72 percent for Fox News and just 8 percent for MSNBC

7 Things Fox View­ers Are Wildly Mis­in­formed About By Eric Boehlert, Media Mat­ters for Amer­ica, Novem­ber 25, 2011  - …another sur­vey indi­cat­ing the more you watch Fox News the less they know…one of the country’s all-news chan­nels con­sis­tently leaves view­ers less informed. What’s stun­ning is how many dif­fer­ent areas of the news and pub­lic pol­icy Fox view­ers are mis­in­formed about…

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers are the Most Misinformed By Chris Mooney / AlterNet April 8, 2012  Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.  Chris Mooney’s new book is The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality.

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