To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Observercast

Fox Phonies And American Fools

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Reports now reveal that those zealous Fox anchors who publicly question and doubt the COVID-19 data and information issued by the FDA, CDC and the White House certainly abide by the guidelines themselves while on the set or in the building from whence the telecasts originate.

Laura, Tucker and others who pump their viewers full of conspiracy crap and misleading messages are fully vaccinated, pay attention to distance guidance and wear masks when inside or circulating among crowds.

And why not? They continue to have high ratings which means strong revenues which means lucrative salaries which means they and their families have the best of both worlds. Fox makes money on the suffering of the unvaccinated by keeping them that way with lies and distortions, and its anchors thus reap the fiscal rewards that incur to the most watched turgid talks.

This is similar to the Nazi propaganda originally released in the early 1930s about how the mentally challenged or physically disabled were being cared for in isolated camps that later became pure death dungeons for the extermination of six million Jews, gypsies, Russian captives and assorted others who were deemed to be enemies of the Third Reich.

Now, before you criticize my contrasts between Fox ownership and Hitler’s manipulation of the radio, videos and other means of communication be aware the result is the same: People are dying unnecessarily; otherwise common sense citizens are attacking each other at school board and city council meetings; rallies and marches are being held in the name of “freedom, independence and the American way” which serve no good purpose except to fire up the scared and timid among us leading them to avoid the shots that can and will save their lives and ours as well.

We must eventually get to herd immunity and the percent of our fellow citizens goes up each time a new, more deadly and transferrable variant is introduced by COVID-19 into the bloodstream. Today’s goal is 85% with delta variant on the loose whereas under the original infection it was thought that 65% to 70% would suffice.

In closing, Fox News has adopted as a core principle the admonition attributed to H.L. Mencken who warned 100 years ago that “for every complex, difficult and challenging question there is an easy, simple and wrong answer.”

Of course, Mencken was just a clever theorist, commentator and writer whereas there is nothing clever, useful or funny about shielded, wealthy and often disruptive TV talking heads who are searching for rating points, not solutions to life and death issues in America and around the world.

They should be ashamed of themselves, but to do that a conscience is required; to work at Fox, the absence of one is actually a plus.

Otherwise, how does one explain the behavior of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Ed Henry and others who used their power as men to demean, disrupt and destroy the very women they worked with on a daily basis?

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.