The Only Way to Fix Our Government is if Conservatives Stop Watching Fox News

fox-news-lies-1Every once in a while I’ll force myself to watch several consecutive hours of Fox News.  When I do this I try to envision myself as someone who doesn’t follow politics, doesn’t have a party affiliation and is just looking for information.

I try to do this just to get some kind of grasp on what it would be like for someone if all they knew was what Fox News told them.

And every time I do this I walk away with the same thought – Fox News is what’s wrong with our government.

The blatant misinformation and propaganda that’s pushed on that network is appalling.  It’s not news.  Not even close.  It’s nothing more than a bunch of conservatives sitting in front of cameras telling other conservatives what they want to hear.

That’s it.  

They don’t report news, they push propaganda.

I always go back to the weeks leading up to the 2012 elections where Fox News was the only channel claiming that the presidential race would be close, or even go to Mitt Romney.  Then when President Obama absolutely hammered Romney, quite a few conservatives believed the election was rigged.

The reason they believed that is because for weeks Fox News had been lying to them about how the election was going to turn out.  After all, if the “truthful” Fox News said the election would be close, or go to Romney, how in the world did Obama win so easily?  It had to be rigged, right?


It’s because Fox News had been lying to conservatives the entire time.  They were telling them what they wanted to hear.

Even on this current immigration crisis, do you think Fox News reported on the statement John Boehner made admitting that the cause for this situation is linked to a law signed by George W. Bush in 2008 and President Obama was actually trying to fix the law?

Of course not.

With all this talk of amnesty, do you think you’ll ever see Fox News report that “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan passed an amnesty bill in 1986?

That would be a negative on that one as well.

Hell, depending on which poll you find, around 30-40 percent of conservatives still don’t believe President Obama is an American citizen.

It’s why some polls have found that people who watch no news at all are more likely to be accurate about basic factual information than someone who cites Fox News as their main source for information.

Fox News is why nothing can get done in Washington.  They’ve spent the last 5+ years doing everything they can to slander President Obama to such a point that even if Republicans in Congress wanted to work with him, they couldn’t.  It would be the end of their careers.

Just ask Eric Cantor.  The House Majority Leader lost his primary election to a nobody because he dared to support immigration reform.  Had he come out with anti-immigration guns blazing, he’d be headed toward an easy victory this November.

If you want a great example of just how ridiculous Fox News is, check out this segment.  Nothing like watching conservatives try to use two conflicting right-wing talking points against each other – while simultaneously trying to still push both of them.

Even when it comes to immigration, the narrative has become absurd.  Literally after years of claiming President Obama should be impeached for any number of asinine reasons, Republicans are now trying to claim that it’s Democrats who are the ones who’ve been keeping talk of impeachment in the news.

They’re doing this because polls are showing that it’s backfiring on them and is threatening to alienate independent voters heading into this year’s elections.  And it’s really ticking them off that Democrats have benefited greatly financially from their ridiculous impeachment propaganda.

And behind all this absurdity is Fox News.

A channel that’s put together consisting of right-wing morning shows, mid-afternoon gossip groups and a primetime line up of conservative pundits that are eager to tell conservatives exactly what they want to hear.

It’s why you really only hear about the IRS “scandal,” Benghazi and other right-wing conspiracy theories on Fox News – because they’re the ones trying to create the story.  Then they get outraged that the “lamestream media” won’t “report the truth.”

They want to blatantly lie, then get upset because other media entities won’t help them perpetuate their lies.  And, of course, this means that everyone else is “refusing to report the truth.”

Tell me, what makes more sense:

  • Every other major media outlet in this country is liberally biased – or –
  • Fox News creates, then perpetuates, right-wing propaganda that nobody else will report on because it’s completely made up by them.

But it goes back to what I said earlier – even if many Republicans in Congress wanted to work with the president to get something done, they couldn’t.  Because Fox News wouldn’t let them.

And that’s at the root of what’s wrong in this country.

Fox News has no interest in reporting facts, truth or even using common sense.  They exist to push the conservative agenda – and that’s it.  And Fox News can’t do that when reality often contradicts what conservatives want to be real, but isn’t.

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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