Most of us know that Fox News is nothing but a conservative entertainment network. While there are a few moments where the network produces actual news, it’s predominantly an entertainment network masquerading as a legitimate source of factual information.
Since its inception, Fox News has driven the Republican party further to the right because stirring up fear, anger, negativity and hostility is better for business. You’re not going to make much money being middle of the road, impartial and practical. To be a ratings leader – which Fox News is – you have to sell fear, hate, anger and propaganda… nearly all the time. You have to indoctrinate people by pandering to what they want to hear, whether or not what you’re telling them is actually true.
This is exactly what’s happened. The Republican party is now propped up by people who couldn’t care less about truth or facts. They just want people to tell them what they want to hear. That’s how someone like Donald Trump has become the overwhelming Republican frontrunner for president. He’s essentially the living embodiment of the conservative media running for the highest office in our nation.
Well, during an interview with Ted Koppel, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly brought up Donald Trump, mentioning how difficult he is to interview, and asked the former ABC news anchor how he might handle “The Donald.”
Koppel didn’t pull any punches and essentially blamed the rise of Trump on people like Bill O’Reilly. Journalists who’ve sold their souls by sacrificing journalistic ethics and integrity for the sake of entertainment and money.
“You and I have talked about this general subject many times over the years. It’s irrelevant how I would do it,” Koppel said. “You know who made it irrelevant? You did. You have changed the television landscape over the past 20 years. You took it from being objective and dull to subjective and entertaining. And in this current climate, it doesn’t matter what the interviewer asks him; Mr. Trump is gonna say whatever he wants to say, as outrageous as it may be.”
After Koppel said this, uncharacteristically, O’Reilly cowered down. Usually the Fox News host would try to fire back at someone who had just slammed him the way Koppel did – but not this time. O’Reilly sat there, took it – didn’t jab Koppel back – then basically acted like it didn’t happen by continuing to press the former anchor as to how he would handle interviewing someone like Trump.
While it was subtle, looking at O’Reilly’s reaction after Koppel said what he did spoke volumes. Because he knows what Koppel said was absolutely true. Fox News puts people like Bill O’Reilly on during their peak viewership hours, not to inform people of the news – but to entertain them. To pander to the audience and to tell them what they want to hear. What Koppel basically did was call O’Reilly nothing but an entertainer and a fake journalist on live television.
And the best part about it was, looking at the way Bill O’Reilly reacted to Ted Koppel’s comments, you could tell the Fox News host knew he was right.
Watch the segment below via Fox News:
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