10 Headlines Fox News Might Have Written Had They Existed During Key Points in U.S. History

rosa-parksI’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed the tendency for conservatives to have what can best be described as a foggy recollection of history.  While modern day right-wing media outlets like Fox News mostly paint the Republican party in a positive light, anyone with any kind of common sense knows that, while political parties might have shifted over time, the beliefs of the “conservative” have not.

Hell, these people now try to claim that President Kennedy was actually a conservative and if MLK were alive today he would be a Republican.  And while many conservatives today love programs like Social Security and Medicare, their rabid opposition to anything “socialized” leads me to believe with great certainty that had Fox News been around during the time when Social Security and Medicare were created, conservatives would fiercely oppose both programs as well.

So while this idea has been explored by others, I decided I would give my own take on the type of headline I believe Fox News would write about certain issues that have happened throughout our history.

I figure, let’s have a little fun.

In no particular chronological order, here we go:

1) Watergate:

Liberal Witch Hunt Continues: Mainstream Media’s Relentless Attack on President Nixon Proves Their True Liberal Bias

2) MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech:

Racist Martin Luther King Descends on Washington D.C., Continues to Try to Make Race an Issue

3) Social Security:

FDR the Socialist? President Signs Largest Redistribution of Wealth Legislation in United States History

4) Medicare:

Following Kennedy’s Assassination, President Johnson Signs Communist-like Law Forcing Younger Americans to Pay for Free-Loading Seniors 

5) Truman’s Election:

Rampant Voter Fraud Leads to Unexpected Truman Victory

6) Pear Harbor Bombing:

FDR’s Nazi Sympathizing Backfires: German Ally Empire of Japan Attacks United States Naval Base 

7) Custer’s Last Stand:

American Hero General Custer Slaughtered by Pack of Illegal Immigrants

8) Lincoln’s Push to Free Slaves:

“King” Lincoln Wants the Federal Government to be Able to Seize Your Personal Property, Destroy United States Economy

9) University of Alabama Integration:

Police State in Alabama: President Kennedy Attacks States Rights, Sends Military to Protect Inferior Negros Trying to Mix with Whites 

10) Building of the Interstate Highway System:

Government Spending is Out of Control as President Eisenhower Plans Socialist Takeover of Interstate Travel 

Alright, I’m going to stop there.  Honestly, I could do this all day.

Did I exaggerate a bit on some of them?  I’m really not so sure.  Considering the radical nature of the Republican party — tea party Republicans in particular — and Fox News being the mouthpiece for the GOP, I think most of them would be fairly accurate.

But of course Republicans won’t agree with any of these.  Then again, most conservatives are in complete denial about the sad reality of their own party.

I hope those reading this will share this around and see if others agree with what these “headlines” from Fox News might have been.

Image via “If Fox News Was Around” on Facebook

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Roland Olson

    That was nice. Did you bother to read any news coverage of the actual events? Much of that was printed. Opinion news, such as what you bang out on a keyboard, must be entertaining to someone.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Methinks you miss the point.

    • Patrick James Bayham

      you stupid,narrow-minded….twat.

      • LeeOakfire

        Patrick James Bayham: misogynist AND ignorant

      • Stephen Barlow

        I suppose you’re a stretched out, intelligent, twat?

    • LeeOakfire

      Exactly what I was thinking. I collect original source material and these headlines had been used, or some format of them.

    • Actually, Roland Olson has a point. Yellow Journalism is nothing new. There was a movement in the early 20th century to put an end to it. However, it’s back. The thing is, we don’t remember a time where yellow journalism was the norm, so we tend to think that journalism was always the way we know it.

  • Sick of the Spin

    Fox news rates up there with Weekly World News as far as I am concerned.

  • Leland Leichman

    the equivalently right-wing nut in 1860? 1930? 1960? these are not exaggerations at all. next you should make a right-wing conversion chart, like the ones used to see the value of the dollar in 1860 verse today. how do you think bill o’reilly knows all about killing lincoln? i kid, i kid. 😉

  • Edward Krebbs

    In general I had a great laugh at the humor. However, RE: FDR and Pearl Harbor there is a wrinkle. The Industrialists and Bankers of the time in the USA tended to admire the Nazis (think of it,a fully regimented workforce as opposed to the fledgling unions and all their demands for worker rights). As an example, Ford paid to translate and distribute Juden Rausch which portrayed Jews as vermin.
    In an odd line of fate, Prescott Bush was a Banker who got in trouble as the law prohibited sending money to Germany (much like the sanctions today against Muslim terrorist groups). He ran afowl of the law by laundering money for Germany. He also was questionably involved with a plot to assassinate the president. He remained a Nazi in the 50s while he was a Congressman. Of course, G H W Bush was intimately involved with the CIA.

  • Technically, in the 1800’s the Democrats were the conservatives and the Republicans were liberal. So if Fox News existed in 1876, they’d be the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party. They would have spent the past 11 years howling about Reconstruction than to pay attention to what was going on out West. Ironically, today (Nov. 27) is the 145th anniversary of the Battle of the Washita, which Fox News circa 1868 would either ignore or they’d report it like it was reported when it happened (whitewashing what really happened and making Custer out to be a hero, when he attacked a Cheyenne village populated with mainly women, children and elderly people and then murdered Black Kettle because he was trying to get back into favor with the Army again.). They’d also be advocating for the KKK much like present day Fox News advocates for the Tea Party.

    • Youper99

      Very Good!!! I never expected someone to remember this date. I have been to the “battlefield” several times in western Oklahoma. This is rarely mentioned in history books in an accurate manner. Good job!

  • hankram

    Fox News and Republicans forget, that the Republican Party was a LIBERAL party before 1876. It was that year they turned their backs to Blacks in the South.Why? The Republican Party was the party of the North (the victors), and that party became a part of Big Business.

  • George Butel

    (Breaking News, 1861)(First on Fox) Ft. Sumter, S.C.–Insiders confirm that President Lincoln was behind the false flag attack on the U.S. base at Ft. Sumter as part of a plan to give himself dictatorial powers and to deprive southern states of their rights.

  • republic84

    Interesting, and sadly true I’m sure