Why Does Fox News Hate America? Bundy Edition

bundyJust when you think Fox News has reached a new low, they dig even deeper.

This Bundy Ranch standoff between a deadbeat rancher and the Bureau of Land Management has made Fox News’ Sean Hannity go full anti-American as he pours gasoline on a fire that has been burning since 1993, when Cliven Bundy first decided that he wanted to sponge off American tax payers and unlike the honest, hard working ranchers around him, stop paying grazing fees.

When Cliven Bundy declared “But I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing”, I knew it would feed the racist, drooling morons with exactly what they needed to get their hate fired back up. It seems just a little strange to me that the Second Amendment fetishists would embrace someone who doesn’t even accept the federal Constitution, from which they pluck the 2nd Amendment – to the exclusion of all other amendments as well as the original language.

Chez Pazienza at The Daily Banter has an excellent piece up which poses several excellent questions about Fox News’ role in this mess. Go Chez…

What do you do when a media outlet refuses to behave responsibly? When it peddles outright lies? When it preaches a kind of cultural armageddon? When it, directly or indirectly, stokes the fires of armed insurrection without any regard whatsoever for what could be the disastrous impact?

I personally think the Fox News machine has ruined our country. They have succeeded in brainwashing millions of people into believing in an alternate reality. Several studies have been done that revealed this phenomenon. From a Fairleigh Dickinson University study…

The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. (emphasis mine)

They feed on these uninformed people. And beyond that, they also convince them not to believe any other media…you know, that whole “liberal media” bullshit that all of us liberals laugh uncontrollably at whenever someone says it.

Back to Chez’s piece, where he cites another example of Fox News catering to militia-types who like to overcompensate with large guns…

Four years ago, Glenn Beck regaled his Fox News viewers day after day, week after week with paranoid fever dreams about the coming collapse of America and the need for some kind of resistance to the encroaching progressive threat. He picked specific targets for his outrage, people and institutions he claimed were surreptitiously trying to destroy the country; one of them was the Tides foundation, a relatively obscure organization based in San Francisco that Beck had singled out as being part of the secret liberal cabal.

In July of 2010, a guy named Byron Williams, wearing body armor and armed heavily, got into a shootout with the California Highway Patrol, injuring two officers. Under questioning he said that he was driving to San Francisco with the goal of “starting a revolution” by killing members of the Tides foundation and the ACLU. Why? Because he watched a lot Glenn Beck and heeded the host’s warnings that his beloved country was about to be taken away from him if somebody didn’t do something. So Byron Williams did.

And he wasn’t the only one.

I want to know where the responsible media is on this? Do journalists even attempt to police their own profession anymore or have they just given up and joined in the propaganda/money-making scheme that seems to be working for Fox News. Something has to change soon, the crazy just keeps getting crazier.

16 thoughts on “Why Does Fox News Hate America? Bundy Edition

  1. I am becoming more concerned every day with the fact that maybe there are no more responsiible media folk out there, leaving more and more uninformed people to self select their news and react accordingly. Very scary….

  2. Bundy, in addition to being a racist is also an idiot. How dare he have private Republican discussions in public. Preibus, Ryan, Christie and Paul would never do that. http://wp.me/p4oODX-P

  3. Faux News hasn’t report that the current leasing rate for grazing on Federal Lands (owned by ALL of us real Americans!) was established by EXECUTIVE ORDER in 1986 by St. Ronald Reagan (first rents were set up in 1934 under the Taylor Grazing Act). Bundy hasn’t paid his due since 1993, unlike over 18,000 other ranchers in the USA who DO pay their grazing fees. Many of the uninformed Fox viewers probably think the grazing fees were put into place by that “TYRANT” Barack Obama. http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1986/21486b.htm

  4. Joan Walsh writes that Fox News’ Roger Ailes owns the Bundy story but methinks it probably won’t affect the mindset of the average unthinking Fox viewer. She writes, “Here’s hoping that Rand Paul denounces Bundy’s remarks early Thursday. It won’t change the sad fact that way too many people who think like Paul politically think like Bundy racially.”


  5. I knew this would be right in your wheelhouse. You don’t disappoint.

    Hope all is well.

  6. To paraphrase a quote from “The American President”, FOX News doesn’t hate America — it just can’t stand most Americans.

  7. I’m good – my mom asks about you often.

    Looking over at the Up from the Bottoms side bar reminds me of a question I’ve had for you. Have you read Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns”?

  8. Yeah, I read it and actually got a chance to meet her. She gave a talk on campus and my film was shown several times as a lead up to her visit.

    Tell your mom I said “Hi”…and don’t be such a stranger, Staci. You still have my email, right?

  9. It’s really concerning that the US government has no hesitation whatsoever in drone-striking individuals they can’t even identify merely for “acting suspiciously”. Yet government agencies merely trying to enforce US law on US government owned property ran from Bundy’s flash-mob army like cowards caught doing something wrong.

    Here are some armed, desert dwelling, zealots who’ve been whipped into a fury by propagandists and who are ready to engage in armed confrontation with American forces in order to defend somebody who refuses to recognize the US government. Damn, if only they were Yemeni teenagers!

  10. The government is still running scared after Ruby Ridge and Waco that only led to more radical movements culminating in militia adherents bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City. Seems they are playing the waiting game in Nevada, maybe waiting for the 100 degree plus days of the Nevada summer to drive out the extremist radicals.

  11. I can certainly understand the hesitancy stemming from the incidents with those crazy, Christian, crackers. And there’s some logic to it. They don’t want to risk killing a couple radical nut-jobs because it might the set all these well armed nut-job groups off. In the process, it would also inspire another generation of radical nuts to join the ranks of those “resisting the tyranny of the American government”.

    I just think it’s too bad the US government can’t apply the same logic to darker skinned, less Christian, folks living on the other side of the world. Perhaps the thinking is that the radical right wing American nuts pose a more realistic threat to the American government, so they have to be feared & respected.

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