Why Fox ain’t news — and toes the line between dissent and treason

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the obvious: That filthy-rich-wingnut-owned-and-operated Fox “News” — often called “Faux News” — isn’t news, but is right-wing, pro-corporate propaganda. The buzz stems from the White House’s announcement of the obvious that Fox ain’t news — and thus the White House’s exclusion of Fox from at least some White House news media coverage.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, my favorite political commentator, states that Fox isn’t news because Fox’s goal is to overthrow the democratically elected government of the United States of America.

While I don’t disagree with Maddow’s assertion that the Richie-Rich-owned Fox and its Sore Losermen supporters would have no problem whatsoever with the democratically elected President Barack Obama being overthrown — this is the same bunch that was perfectly OK with the blatantly stolen presidential election of 2000 and the subsequent coronation of usurper George W. Bush — to me, Fox isn’t news primarily because it fabricates the “news”: most visibly, it orchestrates right-wing “protest” events and then reports on them as though they’d happened organically.

That’s not journalism, which is the reportage of that which happens of its own accord (although, of course, the media do influence events, no doubt about it; just the presence of reporters and cameras changes a situation, as people act differently, of course, when the media are present).

You don’t see ABC or CBS or NBC or CNN organizing and promoting or otherwise supporting political events and then reporting on these events as though they were detached from these events. That, to me, is what sets Faux “News” aside from the others.

What I have yet to hear be discussed is how much Fox “News” is like the corporately owned and controlled right-wing media in Venezuela that played a large if not pivotal role in the illegal and failed attempt to overthrow the democratically elected President Hugo Chavez in 2002. (In a nutshell, in April 2002, right-wing operatives in Venezuela — with the full blessing of the anti-democratic, right-wing BushCheneyCorp, of course — overthrew the democratically elected Chavez and replaced him with their own unelected, right-wing, pro-corporation, anti-people “president,” Pedro Carmona, and the leaders of the illegal and immoral coup also suspended the democratically elected national constitution and they dissolved the democratically established national governmental bodies. But in fewer than three days, the people of Venezuela stood up to the usurpers and they returned Chavez, the man whom they had elected, to power.)

This, I believe, Faux “News” and, in fact, the majority of those who comprise the right wing in the United States of America would love to do: forcibly remove the democratically elected president of the United States from power and install their own unelected president, a stupid rich white man, of course — you know, like George W. Bush redux.

I am not alone when I say that this will happen over my dead American body.

Want a repeat of the Civil War, wingnuts? Then try to illegally and immorally overthrow the democratically elected Obama White House. Please. Because we blue-staters showed you red-staters way too much mercy in the first Civil War, and a second one would give us blue-staters the chance to finish the job that we should have finished the first time around. 

Ahhh, that felt good.

Anyway, to continue:

The existence of Faux “News” does raise interesting considerations. While I am a firm believer in the First Amendment, I’m also a firm believer that although the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts stole the White House in 2000 and again in 2004, they must never be allowed to subvert democracy — the will of the majority of the American people — again.

What the majority of the people in a democracy decide — whether in Venezuela or in the United States of America — is sacrosanct, and anyone who attempts to subvert or who subverts the will of the majority of the people — such as by forcibly removing an elected leader primarily because he or she did not want that leader to be elected — is a traitor. Traitors, at the minimum, should be put in prison. 

Fox “News” has First Amendment rights, but those rights don’t include treason.

Once a “news” organization crosses the line from voicing dissent to fomenting treasonactual treason, such as the violent acts that all of these well-armed wingnutty militia groups easily could commit, not what the wingnuts like Ann Cunter call “treason” (which is only political dissent against right-wing lunacy) — then it’s time to shut that “news” organization down, because the uber-greed of the corporate few does not supercede the needs and the desires of the majority of the people.

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