Former Fox News Host Calls Network a ‘Cult,’ O’Reilly a Liar (Video)

While Fox News still comically refers to itself as “fair and balanced,” anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows the network is nothing more than a conservative entertainment channel masquerading as cable news. At this point, Fox News having the slogan “fair and balanced” is tantamount to what’s commonly referred to as “trolling.”

Well, former Fox News host Eric Burns, who hosted Fox News Watch for over a decade, had some rather harsh words for his former employer during an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter.

“I think the way to understand this is to make a distinction between culture and cult,” Burns said. “I’m saying that the people who watch Fox News are cult-ish. Because for many years, conservatives have been extremely upset in this country because the only newscast that they had to watch were liberal, you people at CNN and how liberal you are. And NBC and ABC and CBS.”

“The extreme right, they never had their own television station. When they got one, their appreciation, their audience loyalty – and I know what the audience loyalty was like when I was there – their audience loyalty soared. And so O’Reilly as the head of the cult is not held to the same standards as Brian Williams.”

The issue with Fox News isn’t that they’re biased toward conservatives. If it were just that, it really wouldn’t be that big of a deal. The problem is that they’re liars and propagandists. Fox News is continually rated as one of the least trustworthy sources of information in this country. There’s a difference between bias and flat-out fabricating news and lying.

But Burns said exactly what many have said about this entire controversy surrounding O’Reilly. The reason why Williams was suspended, while it’s clear that absolutely nothing is going to happen to O’Reilly, is because Fox News hosts aren’t seen as credible journalists who are expected to abide by a certain degree of integrity and honesty. There’s not going to be a huge push from the mainstream media to get O’Reilly taken off the air because it’s not exactly “breaking news” that someone on Fox News has been caught lying.

Hell, the entire network is built on lies.

Though I did find it interesting that Burns referred to Fox News as a “cult,” being that for years I’ve asserted my belief that conservatives often behave more like people in a cult than those following a political ideology. It’s their constant belief that everyone else but their handpicked sources are a part of a “conspiracy against them.” Hell, even Fox News perpetuates the idea that they’re the only honest news source and anyone who debunks their lies is just part of the “liberal media.”

Though, as many on the left often say, it’s amazing how often the truth seems to have a liberal bias.

Watch Burns’ comments below via CNN by way of Media Matters:

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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  • Victor Victoria

    Poll: Fox News most trusted network
    By Nick Gass
    3/9/15 6:25 AM EDT

    Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say.
    In comparison rankings, 29 percent responded that they trust Fox News the most. CNN follows with 22 percent, CBS News and NBC News are at 10 percent, ABC News at 8 percent and MSNBC at 7 percent.

    Read the whole thing.

    Read it and weep.


    • Jim Bean

      What puts Fox out in front is the determination of the competitors to skirt around any issue that reflects negatively on the Democratic Party. Couple to that the fact that all the competitors must share those consumers who prefer having their news sanitized while Fox stands alone to attract all those who want all the information including the information not available elsewhere, and its easy to see why they float to the top.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        That’s funny because Fox totally sanitized it’s “news” during the GW Bush debacle/presidency. There was literally zero coverage on Fox which was ever critical of Bush or republicans. It just never happened. Fox simply tells hardline conservatives what they want to hear and leaves out anything that contradicts the preconceived narrative of the day/week/month. Really, it is a superior propaganda campaign. But that is what you get when you employ nothing but political operatives from the GOP.

      • Victor Victoria

        Dude, you say this like you think we’ve never heard guys like you say it before, like there’s not a whole cottage industry out there that feeds off Fox News by saying exactly what you’re saying right now. Almost like you think we don’t know that MSNBC modeled itself to be just like Fox only for the Left, and failed miserably at it. It’s such a stupid, banal, and trite argument, yet here you are, repeating it for the ten millionth time pretending you’re being informative and cutting edge.

        Give it up, please. Allen’s got that covered here already.

      • FD Brian

        I have actually heard MSNBC criticize democrats though. Not a peep from Fox criticizing republicans.

      • Victor Victoria

        How often do you watch Fox?

      • FD Brian

        I watch them a lot.

      • Mike Gaddis

        Well said

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Dude, you say that like you think I give two sh1ts what you think. Too funny.

      • Jim Bean

        How it might have been during the Bush era I can’t speak to because I wasn’t as tuned it. As for how things are now, I’m not seeing what your describing. For example, when bridge-gate came up, Fox was instantly ready to squish him like a bug at any hint of involvement.

        You say Fox leaves out things. Can you name two?

      • FD Brian

        What puts Fox out in front is that they probably only poll republicans.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Only hard right GOPhers trust Fox, aka people who will only vote GOP. 29% is about right. Blind followers who don’t critically about anything and only believe what Fox tells them to believe, just like you.

      • Victor Victoria

        From the poll:

        Asked whether they trust the journalistic coverage of each network, 20 percent said they do “a great deal” for Fox, and 35 percent said “somewhat.”

        You’re wrong, CS.