Bashing the media is an easy thing to do. Both political parties do it, though Republicans are far more aggressive with their accusation that the “liberal media” or “mainstream media” is out to get them. All while ignoring the obvious bias that Fox News displays nearly constantly.
And you’ll be hard-pressed to find many conservatives that are willing to actually be objective about Fox News.
As a liberal, I’ll fully admit that MSNBC has an obvious left-leaning slant, but it still pales in comparison to the right-wing cheerleading Fox News does on a daily basis.
But conservatives might need to face a simple reality: Their trusted media sources are lying to them.
Let me fess up to something right now — I watch a good deal of Fox News. It’s not easy but it’s necessary to understand what lunacy I might soon be dealing with, as most conservative arguments are taken directly from whatever Fox News talking point they’ve decided to push.
Do you know how many times I saw a Fox News anchor or show host call out John Boehner for blocking a vote on the Senate’s continuing resolution, which would have passed and prevented the government shutdown?
A simple, indisputable fact about what was going on with the government shutdown—and they never mentioned it. At least they never did in the numerous hours I spent watching the network.
I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve heard “Obamacare” called the Affordable Care Act. You know, the actual name of the law. Because nothing says “legit and professional organization” like one that exclusively uses Republican talking points and rhetoric to discuss politics.
Anyone remember last year leading up to the elections? Almost every host on Fox News, and every right-wing media pundit I saw comments from, went out of their way to tell conservative voters that Romney was headed for an easy victory over President Obama. Even in the days leading up to the election, many right-wing “experts” were still telling Americans that Romney was going to defeat Obama.
This blatantly flew in the face of countless polls, and overwhelming evidence, that suggested not only was President Obama headed for re-election—it was going to be an overwhelming victory for the president.
And if these polls were ever used as evidence to counter the Republican belief that Romney was actually ahead, they were then painted as “liberally biased” and should be dismissed.
Except, all these “liberally biased” polls were spot-on and all this “right-wing evidence” was completely wrong. When President Obama was re-elected, Republicans were legitimately in shock. They couldn’t figure out how it had happened. Some even said the polls had to be rigged. After all, they were told for weeks and months Romney was headed toward an easy victory. How could this have happened?
Well, the answer is pretty simple: The right-wing media was lying to their voters.
Just like they were deceiving their voters during the government shutdown. Hell, just like they always lie to their voters.
Fox News was on a mission to paint this shutdown as “Obama’s shutdown” while purposefully glossing over some of the very basic facts about the whole ordeal, like:
- “Obamacare” is the law of the land, not a bill.
- There were enough votes to keep the government open, Boehner just wasn’t letting the House vote.
- Monuments were closed because the workers paid to run and maintain them weren’t coming to work — because the government was shut down.
- The debt ceiling isn’t about new spending, it’s a procedural vote that allows our government to pay bills on money already spent.
- Year-to-year deficits under Obama have been reduced by their largest margins since just after WWII.
- Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling seven times under George W. Bush.
Just for starters. But even with all of those indisputable facts, you didn’t see the right-wing media reporting any of it. It was just a constant stream of, “Obama won’t negotiate, he’s unreasonable!”
Which, of course, is ridiculous considering he didn’t need to negotiate anything to do with the Affordable Care Act. There was a bill out there to reopen the government, essentially the exact bill that was just passed that reopened our government, so why in the world would President Obama negotiate with Republicans who were blatantly holding our government hostage? But again, you won’t hear the right-wing media say anything about that.
And we should really take their word on key issues. After all, the shutdown had a solid chance at defunding “Obamacare” and Mitt Romney is the President of the United States, right?
Oh, wait. Never mind.