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Why Fox News Is Total Garbage

foxnewsrepublicanI can’t begin to truly convey my disdain for Fox News.  Not just because I disagree with nearly everything they support, but because the channel is pure trash.

To actually call it “news” is laughable, and their tagline “Fair and Balanced” is an even bigger joke.

Now I’m not saying other stations don’t have bias, MSNBC is obviously geared more towards liberals.  But there’s a massive difference between what Fox News does and what MSNBC does.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really watch mainstream news.  I tend to use the internet to research what’s going on rather than have some pundit who relies on ratings telling me what’s supposedly happening.  The only channel I do watch regularly is Fox News, and that’s because I’ve developed a great trick for finding out truth in news.  What I do is take whatever Fox News is currently pushing, research it myself, and in that research I find the truth—which is rarely what I heard from their broadcasts.

But the main difference between MSNBC and Fox News isn’t their bias—like I said, they’re both biased.  The difference is where MSNBC panders news towards liberals, Fox News will simply make stuff up to create a story.  Not that MSNBC hasn’t pushed this line before as well, but this is almost a weekly occurrence on Fox.

A few studies have been done looking at the news channel people watch most, and the amount of factual information these individuals actually knew.   In these studies Fox News viewers are almost always deemed the “most misinformed” of the respondents polled.  Not only are they the most misinformed viewers, they were even more misinformed than those who responded that they don’t watch any news at all.

Basically, if you don’t watch any news at all, you’re more likely to correctly answer simple factual questions about our government and events going on in our nation than if you watched Fox News.

So, what does that mean?  It’s simple.

It shows Fox News distorts the truth so often that watching, and trusting, their “news” actually makes people less informed than if they watched nothing at all.

Now I could give you seemingly countless examples of Fox News pulling stories out of thin air, but I’m just going to use two from last year’s Presidential race to prove my point.

Anyone remember the “You didn’t build that” line by President Obama last summer that sent Republicans into a frenzy?  You should, they built their entire Presidential convention around it.

Conservative media outlets like Fox News jumped all over this line by the President.  They pushed it as the “radical socialist Obama dismissing the hard work of the American business owner.”

Which sounds awful, except for the fact that they took the line completely out of context.  What he was actually talking about was that working together, Americans have achieved great things.  That nobody got anywhere on their own, they had help.  Be it the teacher who influenced them, the parents who raised them or the roads they use to get supplies into their business—nobody gets where they are without help from others.

But the truth didn’t matter once conservatives had their line.  And this wasn’t similar to  the speech recorded of  Mitt Romney detailing his disdain towards 47% of Americans, this was an entire speech which conservatives took 4 words from to create an entirely different meaning.  Which I always found funny.  By that I mean, if Obama is as bad as they claim he is—why did they have to take 4 words from a speech completely out of context to build their entire Presidential convention on?

Then there was the Presidential election itself.  If you watched Fox News, or listened to conservative media personalities, not only were almost every single one of them predicting an easy victory for Romney—they had the nerve to call the overwhelming number of polls that said Obama was going to win with over 300 electoral votes “liberally biased.”

You were hard pressed to find any of these people predicting Obama was headed for a victory.  Knowing how the election turned out, with Obama easily winning with over 300 electoral votes, how could almost every single one of these “experts” have been wrong?  And not just wrong, they were so completely inaccurate that you could have pulled someone off the street and gotten a better prediction for the election than we heard from these supposed “experts.”

But the answer is simple.  It’s because the truth doesn’t matter to them.  After the election results came in, conservative voters were shocked.  Not “fake” shocked, either—they were literally stunned.  How could President Obama have won?  After all, every “news” source they had trusted told them for months that Romney was headed for a fairly easy victory.  But here was reality smacking them in the face—President Obama crushed Mitt Romney.

This is why I call Fox News total garbage.

It isn’t just that they report the side of the story which I happen to disagree with.  It’s that their reporting of “news” is so laughable that to watch (and trust) Fox News means you’re more likely to be misinformed about simple indisputable facts than if you watched no news at all.

Now I’m not saying you have to like ABC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN—I really don’t care whether you do or not.  Like I said, I don’t watch a lot of mainstream news.  But Fox News is on a whole other level when it comes to worthless news coverage.

Because where CNN or MSNBC might sing the praises of how great a blue sky is—Fox News tries to convince you the sky isn’t actually blue.  And millions of people believe it.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Suzy

    I wasn’t even interested in politics when I was watching Fox News several years ago and I started noticing that they either left out a lot or what they were saying didn’t match what other news articles I was reading so I started doing research on what they would report and I found out this supposed news station was mostly all lies. It isn’t news, it is a mouth piece for republicans. I also checked on that charity Hannity was running for awhile to help veterans and found it is really wasn’t a charity for vets, but for wealthy people to fly around, spending time with bands and partying. Out of the hundreds of thousands or millions he took in, only a very minute amount went to the veterans. Say he took in a 100,000, that meant maybe a thousand would go toward helping a vet. He was a scam artist just like they all are on Fox.

  • noboundryman

    Our most precious freedom is the first amendment right to free speech. We recognize people have vehement disagreements. For millions of sensible educated Americans however, (Fox Lose), is nothing short of an “abomination”, a word normally used in a theological context, it demonstrates the extreme nature of their depraved utterances.
    No progressive would dream of depriving anyone of their right to speak as they choose. That’s because progressives have most frequently been the victims of censorship, and repression by right wing fascists, who do not hesitate to silence their critics at any opportunity. In fact silencing their critics by any means necessary has always been the credo of the right wing Republicans, authoritarians a la Richard Nixon, and extreme fascists like Mussolini. There are many groups of thugs in the United States that from time to time become the vague equivalent of Mussolini’s (black shirts). There’s crazed right wing sheriffs departments carving out their private territories of excessive intimidation, as we see in Arizona, and other States. Even the NYPD has demonstrated it’s capacity to stomp on the first amendment. There’s private security forces spying on American citizens all the time, hacking their computers to destroy data. They degrade our communications in order to gain political advantage, or disguise criminal activity, of individuals in power, or corporations cooking the books.
    We “are”, guaranteed the right to speak as we chose, but as with every action, and choice in life, there can be some very harsh consequences for what we say. Certain types of speech, very narrowly defined, for good reason, are not protected speech. Any constitutional scholar will tell you, that (inciting riot,) and (diversionary speech) used to obstruct justice, conceal evidence, or shield on going criminal activity is most certainly not protected. Speech meant to divert attention for the purpose of aiding and abetting criminal acts, is not protected. The actions, programing decisions, and speech of (Fox Lose), and others by the way, is so despicable, so destructive, so divisive, so premeditated in their blatant attempts to cover up the daily crimes of their financiers, benefactors, and congressional allies, that they amount to obstruction of justice, and inciting riot, on a mass scale. They must ,and will one day, face serious charges for attempting to aid, and abet criminal enterprises seeking to violate the (Voting Rights Act) a federal law, the (Civil Rights Act ), the (Clean Water Act). There’s a long list of other blatant attempts to destroy evidence, cover up the commission of federal crimes. They have long engaged in a carefully constructed, premeditated program of blatant fraud, and propaganda to aid, and abet the Right wing lunatic fringe fascists, inside congress, and in board rooms, and think tanks across the country. They have engaged in a carefully orchestrated campaign of hostile acts against the American citizenry, by willfully, wantonly, creating a massive facade of false reporting, distortion, obfuscation, subterfuge, and I would say (sedition) a very serious crime indeed. This facade of lies, and vicious race baiting, wanton fraudulent reporting, and coverup, constitutes in, and of itself, a criminal enterprise in the view of millions. it’s clear intent is to override the expressed will of the citizenry. They have knowingly participated in an open blatant attempt at coup de” tat in the US. They have knowingly, and willfully provided a 24 / 7 campaign of hostile propaganda to defraud the American people, and created the conditions for the invasion of Iraq that cost us $3.5 trillion dollars so far, and is now set to embroil us again in the utter madness of sectarian war. They willfully concealed evidence that allowed their friends,and allies to evade taxes, and defraud the taxpayer during the war, and even today. They have created the conditions for, and incited both political, and armed groups to commit violent acts, against Americans citizens, and duly authorized agents of the United Staes Government. The justice department has grievously failed in it’s duty to seek prosecutions of individuals within the organization who have knowingly and deliberately conspired to violate our constitution, and bring serious economic damage, and grievous bodily harm to American citizens. This condition represents language, and speech that is a clear affront to the constitution, and civilized behavior. They must pay a heavy price for their treasonous hostile dangerous acts. Their activities have, by any reasonable standard, brought grievous harm to the United States, and have set the stage for a fascist take over of the American Democratic Republic. Wake up people! We are under attack from within.