If It Can Happen at Fox News …

What is happening at Fox News has happened to most of so-called journalism in America. It is what happened to the Republican party. It is what gave rise to President Donald J. Trump.

The establishment does not appreciate this because they are the heart of the problem. As Rupert Murdoch’s two sons, James and Lachlan, consolidate control of their father’s media empire, their establishment tendencies increasingly take root within the news network their father began, as a firebrand operation, just over twenty years ago.

Fox News deviated from the faux-journalism of the New York Times, the three major networks and their minions; and Fox thereby developed a following both loyal and determined. If that following determines that Fox is no longer loyal to them, they will increasingly look elsewhere for their news and information.

The targeting of non-establishment voices at Fox is well underway. Glenn Beck got the hook several years ago. In recent months, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly (aside from Brit Hume, the two most significant figures in Fox News’ history) have been ushered from the network they helped establish and led into the stratosphere. Some say that Sean Hannity, a sometimes strident voice on the political right, is the new target of establishment house-cleaners, though he appears determined to fight back with every fiber. Good for him … and he had better.

The trend at Fox is not within a vacuum. Establishment consolidation is underway across the spectrum of U.S. media, and that includes so-called journalism. Consider this story from Politico, regarding the intense isolation of the media from the rest of the country, and a relevant excerpt, as relates to the 2016 presidential election: Nearly 90 percent of all internet publishing employees work in a county where Clinton won, and 75 percent of them work in a county that she won by more than 30 percentage points. When you add in the shrinking number of newspaper jobs, 72 percent of all internet publishing or newspaper employees work in a county that Clinton won. By this measure, of course, Clinton was the national media’s candidate.

The liberal establishment has long known their greatest political advantage is a vastly dominant influence over the mass dissemination of news and information. The most significant outlier to that dominance is Fox News. Thus, a new strategy — If you can’t beat Fox, get Fox to join you.

A Narrative of Which They Are Certain

One recalls rhetoric from the days of Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case born of the heavily contested presidential election of 2000. Democrats claimed they were certain — absolutely certain! — that once the votes in certain Florida counties were re-counted, Al Gore would emerge the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, and the U.S. Presidency. They were … of course … wrong.

Those votes ultimately were re-counted, and Mr. Bush still emerged the winner; such news was less than a footnote to the Liberal Media Complex, who continued to tout their preferred narrative that the Supreme Court, not the voters, improperly gave Mr. Bush a presidency actually won by Mr. Gore.

There was the feckless Dan Rather, of CBS News fame, and his certainty — absolute certainty! — of a narrative whereby George W. Bush had used family connections to avoid the Vietnam draft. However, the foundation for Mr. Rather’s purported journalistic scoop, intended to swing the 2004 presidential election in Democrat John Kerry’s favor, rested on forged documents. And a shamed Dan Rather left his anchor desk at CBS in disgrace.

Will those on the left ever learn?

Now, we have the Liberal Media Complex and their scandal du jour of ‘collusion’ (whatever that means) between the Donald Trump Campaign and the Russian government, and how said ‘collusion’ resulted in Hillary Clinton’s rejection by American voters in 2016. Let’s face it, Hillary and the Democrats had every imaginable advantage, including oodles and gobs of money (considered the ‘mother’s milk’ of presidential politics, until Donald Trump came along), the unbridled and fawning support of establishment media and the Hollywood set, and, lest we forget, a sitting U.S. president with a known penchant for deploying instruments of the federal government against his political opponents.

And Hillary still lost … a reality the political left simply will not accept.

They have chosen a narrative upon which to rest their delusion, the aforementioned, of ‘collusion’ between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government, to deny Hillary a victory rightfully hers. The none too minor detail missing from their narrative, however, is … any evidence that it’s true … for none has come to light. But that doesn’t stop determined Democrats and their allies on the left from continuing to tout a narrative of which they are certain — absolutely certain!

Why I Write About Politics

I write about politics. A lot.

But I do not care for politics. I do not care for those who profit and prosper off the sacrifice of others; the fat-cats, bureaucrats and sundry denizens of our federal government, often ensconced within grand buildings of Romanesque architecture, their marble columns a testament to waste. Of money, for sure, but more importantly, of lives. I think of the fabulous amounts of requisitioned wealth spent by politicians and bureaucrats over the decades, money they collected on behalf of others and spent on themselves. I do not care for those people, the politicians.

I do care about those affected by politics. When it comes to matters of such import, I suffer no political affiliation. I care about those who’ve been made vulnerable, who’ve been disregarded or marginalized through no fault of their own. We who grew up with privilege must pay attention so as to understand. By ‘privilege’ I mean something very simple. We grew up in households with parents who taught us right from wrong by way of example, of consistency, who gave us three meals a day with meat, vegetables and potatoes, got us to school each morning, to the doctor as need be, and kept us safe. We were lucky, privileged.

There are millions of children in this complicated world who are not privileged. I do not care what color their skin is. The prism is vast. Their consistency is of fear, suffering and not knowing they are loved. They are everywhere: Malaysia, India, Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, France, the United States. I know there are millions of adults who cannot, or will not, take proper care of even themselves. Their reasons vary like the sand pebbles. I do my best not to judge. But I cannot ignore.

And I cannot abide the untold billions of dollars requisitioned from U.S. taxpayers, purportedly on behalf of those not privileged, and squandered within the bowels of a horribly bloated, bureaucratic monster — intolerable in a nation as wealthy and blessed as these United States. Yet, influential DC denizens continue to prosper off the misfortunes afflicting the lives of others. We must hold them to account. Thus, the big question … how?

That’s where politics comes into play. It matters, after all.

                                                                                            … to be continued …