Former Reagan, Bush Adviser: Fox News is ‘Brainwashing’ Conservatives (Video)

I’ve made my feelings clear on what I think about Fox News. It was actually just a few days ago that I was talking with a friend of mine about how much better off this nation would be right now if the network didn’t exist.

It’s not a coincidence that we’ve become more and more divided as the influence that America’s most watched conservative entertainment network has in this country grows.

It would be one thing if Fox News just delivered right-wing slanted news, but they don’t stop there. You see, a large part of everything they broadcast is based upon propaganda, sensationalized nonsense and fear which has nothing to do with real news.

They basically operate with a simple formula of telling people that they’re the only trustworthy “news” entity and anything and everyone that might contradict what they say is part of the “liberal conspiracy” against them. But the truth is, Fox News isn’t really news, it’s just conservative entertainment presented under the guise that they’re a legitimate news channel.

Well, former Reagan and Bush adviser Bruce Bartlett had some rather choice words for many conservatives and Fox News itself. During an interview on Sunday with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Bartlett accused conservatives of being “brainwashed” by media entities like Fox News and the rest of the conservative media.

“Many conservatives live in a bubble where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people,” Bartlett said. “When they go onto the Internet, they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily.”

“And so, they are completely in a universe in which they are hearing the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data repeated over and over and over again. And that’s brainwashing,” he continued.

Everything he said is spot-on, because that’s exactly what’s happening. Many Republican voters have been brainwashed by the conservative media into only trusting right-wing media sources, and they’re often told that any source that’s not specifically deemed “conservative” is all a part of a giant liberal conspiracy against the truth. This clearly creates a bubble where they’re being fed the same rhetoric and the same propaganda over and over again without any sort of diversity as to where they’re getting information.

It’s confirmation bias at its best.

To be fair, many liberals are guilty of the exact same thing. I spend a good portion of my time trying to correct the lies liberals are being told by the left’s versions of Fox News-style media tactics.

But it’s always nice to see someone linked to the Republican party call out “their side” like this. It probably won’t make a difference with many of the conservatives who come across his remarks, but at least they can’t accuse a former adviser to both Reagan and Bush of being “liberally biased.”

Watch his comments below via CNN:

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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  • Cemetery Girl

    Lol, they can’t claim that he’s being “liberal biased”, but of course they can. RINO. If he isn’t speaking on Fox News then it’s just liberal biased.

  • Clintoris

    Imagine if we didnt have FOX news keeping tabs on Obama and company.All we would be left with is the state run liberal networks like CNN and MSNBC to spread Dear Leader’s propaganda.

    • Pipercat

      You’ve done well? I guess there will be no need for bamboo shoots this morning.

    • 1968_Camaro

      Fact: CNN and MSNBC are not state run. MSNBC is owned by General Electric.

      • Rubicon Jeep

        Thanks for the clarification. It must have taken you years of research to come up with the MSNBC owner. By the way GE is a huge contributor to the democratic party which common sense would leave one to believe their lib support bleeds over to the MSNBC reporting. Just think, would MSNBC hire Hannity? Most likely not. Why? He doesn’t fit the liberal model. So it is obvious that some media such as MSNBC are liberally biased.

      • FD Brian

        they wouldn’t hire Hannity because he’s a dip shit. You can spin shit what ever way you want, but the fact of the matter remains that even though MSNBC is a liberal news company, they are at least truthful about what they tell you.

      • OMGface

        Bingo. Bet nobody on FOX has an IQ above room temp. Wicked scary, but true.

      • Randy Wanat

        GE gives more to the Republicans than to the Democrats.

    • noah vail

      and ALL media besides FUX NEWS lies to us, is that your assumption?…which channels are state run ? please present your evidence (if there is any) to support your position otherwise I’ll have to assume you’re just another RWNJ

      • Rubicon Jeep

        From what I read Clintoris never said ALL media lies except Fox. If it weren’t for Fox we would be left with one point of view. Oh by the way, having an opposing view seems to really tick off the LWNJ.. It must be tough living in a one dimensional life.

      • biloki

        Lies are not an opposing point of view, they are just lies.

    • dlion

      your rude name says it all… a$$hole

      • OMGface

        He’s pathetic.

    • Kojo

      I know it makes you ‘feel good’ to think and say the things you do about President Obama and when the next liberal president takes over for him you will undoubtedly have a big bag of magic insults to paint him/her with too. We did the same to bush, believe me it made the fact that he was in charge SO much easier to live with laughing at what an incompetent boob he was. That’s why Fox is there. It’s like Sesame Street for conservatives. They can kick off their shoes and recline in their lazy-boys and have someone paint the people who are living the lives they really wish they had all kinds of insulting ways. Thats why Trump can walk in and throw a few insults around and conservative fall all over themselves for such a tv huckster. The almighty dollar is way more influential than almighty God although they’ll swear the reverse. Everything is contradictory in the conservative world and they NEED a tv show to help make sense of it. They can’t so they just vilify everyone and everything and therefore nobody has to think past the talking points. The name and picture of the fool who I’m responding to shows in glaring detail the kind of mentality Fox deals with. His real picture is of cookie monster.

  • Dawn Jones-Hunt

    What about CNN & all the other Liberal news channels who do the same thing but just swing. The other way. Why doesn’t someone say anything about them?

    • Pipercat

      They do! They’re vapid, corporate, predictable, partisan, fallacious and love to sensationalize! I suppose folks are not paying attention…

    • dlion

      I do think that all media sensationalizes, I am pretty moderate in some areas, liberal in others, grew up in a republican home. But when I see the blatant lies and misinterpretations of reality that come from some of the commentators on Fox, it makes me sad for the uneducated people in this great country who believe it..

      • Rubicon Jeep

        Blatant lies? Fox punches holes in the news reported by others. Example, labor participation rate. There are some media outlets that conveniently look the other way. Do you really believe there are no uneducated people listening to MSNBC, CNN blah, blah, blah. Pull your head out

      • FD Brian

        the labor participation rate is bullshit, so what if some people have stopped looking for work, that’s their business, maybe they decided to stay home and raise their kids, maybe they just down sized and refuse to be a slave to the time clock, what ever the reason is, it doesn’t matter, because they aren’t taking any unemployment. And why the hell should Fox care if you aren’t working, I know, because we can sensationalize this “statistic”, which actually doesn’t mean jack shit.

      • Woodman

        Exactly. Hell, I’m not looking for work, neither is my wife. We are both retired. I guess that makes us some of the 47%ers. Egads!!

      • Randy Wanat
    • OMGface

      Not “liberal,’ accurate and responsible journalists.

  • cman32

    Well put most people who got through high school can see Fox for what it is.

    • OMGface

      I wish.

  • OMGface

    Birds of a feather flock. In order to brainwash someone, the someone needs to have a brain and access to it to begin with.

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  • biloki

    Somehow Fox has convinced Republicans that lying is a point of view. Sorry to break it to you Republicans, it isn’t. Which also explains why people who watch Fox are consistently the least informed people in America.

  • Kojo

    Surprisingly, the only news station from America that everyone gets for free in the middle east (U.A.E.) is Fox News. Extremely annoying because it really paints America as a bad place full of bad ideas. The one shining light while I was there was occasionally finding the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Unbelievably great to hear some sanity after all of the crud Fox spews. I used to listen to Hannity in my car just because I needed to see how in the world anyone could believe his crap but I found that NOT listening to his voice increased my libido, I got my appetite back, my hair stopped falling out and the skies became sunny. I’m totally serious.