In what I am calling poetic justice, the city of Paris is planning to sue Fox News over several inaccurate comments aired on the network that the city claims wrongfully slander and defame the French capital. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN that “the image of Paris has been prejudiced and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced,” and the only solution is to sue the network to reclaim that image.
Though I guess Birmingham, England might also have a similar case on its hands considering the right-wing network perpetuated several false statements about it as well.
Needless to say Fox News has taken a lot of flack recently for its horrific coverage following the Paris attack. Their reporting has been so terrible that they had to issue several public apologies after numerous “experts” the network had brought on to push false information were quickly debunked.
While Fox News’ blatant lies and propaganda are nothing new for Americans (it’s what they do all the time), the world finally got a good look at what the network does on a daily basis here in the United States. That is, push propaganda, lies and misinformation that supports whatever narrative they’re trying to make real.
So when Fox News decided to use their usual flawed and bogus “facts” to support the anti-Muslim rhetoric that’s common on the network in the wake of the terrorist attack in France, it wasn’t anything unexpected for progressives like myself. Like I said, this is what Fox News has built their entire network around – lies, propaganda and misinformation.
But I’m absolutely thrilled that the city of Paris is taking this action against America’s most watched conservative entertainment network.
What I’m enjoying most about this global backlash against Fox News is that they’re being bashed internationally for doing exactly what they’ve been doing for years. They’re not concerned with facts or reality, just pushing an agenda. And in the U.S. they get by with it because there are tens of millions of conservative voters who care more about what they want to hear as opposed to what’s actually factual. So when they’re fed the propaganda and lies from the network, it’s not a big deal. Heck, debunking it doesn’t even work because “that’s just the liberal media trying to cover up the truth.”
That’s how the network operates. They tell their viewers that they are the only network they can trust and every other news source should be dismissed as “liberal lies.” It’s pretty much the same kind of tactics conspiracy theorists and cults use.
But when the global media is after you, with no sort of partisan political agenda behind it, Fox News really can’t use that same argument. The only choice they have right now is to weather the storm and hope it eventually blows over because they’ve been completely exposed. Though this lawsuit is going to make it much more difficult for Fox News to just “let it go” and hope it blows over.
And while I’m sure this will have absolutely no impact on how conservatives view Fox News, it’s still very entertaining as a progressive to see the network getting hammered by the global community for what they’ve been doing here in the United States for years.