As I was trying to think of a pertinent issue to write about today, my mind kept wandering back to the utter stupidity that is Fox News, and my disbelief that so many Americans believe their lies. So I’m going to have a bit of a rant about the various faults and inaccuracies that, while hilarious, are destroying the moral fibre of a country that is very dear to my heart.
To begin, let’s look back at the hacking scandal of last year, never have I seen more blatant twisting of facts than in the reportage of Fox News. As highlighted by the always excellent Daily Show, the network managed to distort the truth to such an extent that News International suddenly replaced Milly Dowler as the innocent victim. If you can’t believe that something so morally wrong would be possible, then look it up on The Daily Show’s website. Admittedly, most of my Fox News updates come from that source, and let’s face it they’re hardly going to be complimentary, but there is only so much editing that can be done to make people look that ignorant before you just have to accept that they actually are being ridiculous.
A further example would be the overt Republican favouritism that has inexplicably sustained a political party that truly belongs in the dark ages. While I can understand the reasoning behind conservative values, I have never been able to comprehend America’s refusal to separate Church from State, or the ability of the uninformed to gain power to the extent that they become lawmakers. I will always believe that everyone has a right to choose what they do with their body, a right to love whoever they want, and the right to believe in anything, or nothing. But it seems that these basic human rights do not fit in with the Republican agenda, and therefore are pedalled to the masses through the poison that erupts from the mouths of those who present Fox and Friends. Case in point: the furore surrounding Obama’s birth certificate. I mean, what the fuck? No sane population would stoop to that level of childishness to discredit a universally liked public figure. But then again, no sane population would elect George W Bush to two terms in office, so there you go.
I guess that the main focus of my rant hasn’t so much been the idiocy of Fox News, but of American ignorance in general. I realise that the UK, and pretty much every country on Earth, has their fair share of nutters, and it may seem unfair to point the finger solely at our colonial frenemy. But sometimes they really do make it too easy.
“I just wanted to see how much of an insult it was to be called ‘an ignoramus’, since I didn’t know what it meant I just Googled it…it’s an ignorant…lawyer”
-Gretchen Carlson, Fox and Friends presenter
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