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Stop Beating a Dead Fox

The conservative news channels only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.

 

There aint no sanity clause, Chico Marx told Groucho. There is also no Santa Claus. And there was no sanity in the Santa fracas that became an embarrassing liberal-media fixation just before Christmas. For those who missed it, what happened was this: A Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, came upon a tongue-in-cheek blog post at Slate in which a black writer, Aisha Harris, proposed that Santa be recast as a penguin for the sake of racial inclusiveness. After tossing this scrap of red meat to her all-white panel of prime-time guests, Kelly reassured any kids watching (this was nearing 10 p.m.) that Santa just is white. (For good measure, she added, Jesus was a white man, too.) Soon and sure enough, Kellys sound bites were being masticated in op-ed pieces, online, and especially on cable, where a passing wisecrack best left to the satirical stylings of Stewart and Colbert became a call to arms. At CNN, one anchor brought on Santas of four races to debunk Kelly. BuzzFeed reported that MSNBC ­programs hopped on the story fourteen times in a single week.

 

Of course what Kelly said was dumb. But the reaction was even dumber. Every year, Fox News whips up some phantom war on Christmas plotted by what the networks blowhard-in-chief Bill OReilly calls secular progressives. This seasonal stunt has long been old news, yet many in the liberal media still cant resist the bait. You had to feel for the NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who was drafted into filing a Kelly-Santa story on the Today show for no ­discernible reason other than that she is not white.

 

When this supposed national firestorm (as Al Sharpton inflated it on his MSNBC show) finally died down, only two things had been accomplished beyond the waste of everyones time. Liberals had played right into Foxs stereotype of themas killjoy p.c. police. And Fox News could once again brag about its power to set an agenda for its adversaries even as it also played the woebegone victim. Because they cant defeat us on the media battlefield, the far left seeks to demonize Fox News as a right-wing propaganda machine and a racist enterprise, said OReilly when sermonizing about the episode on his show. Thats why Miss Megyn got headlines about a Santa Claus remark that was totally harmless. Fox News is a right-wing propaganda machine and at times (if not this one) a racist enterprise (witness, among other examples, its fruitless effort to drum up a New Black Panther Party scandal over some 95 segments in the summer of 2010). But OReilly was half-right. Kellys inane remark was harmless and unworthy of headlines. Without the lefts overreaction, there wouldnt have been any pseudo national firestorm.

 

Still, OReillys summation was predicated on an erroneous underlying assumption that few bother to question: In truth, Fox News has been defeated on the media battlefieldand on the political battlefield as well. Even the 73-year-old wizard of Fox, Roger Ailes, now in full Lear-raging-on-the-heath mode as ­portrayed in my colleague Gabriel ­Shermans definitive new biography, The Loudest Voice in the Room, seems to sense the waning of his power. The only people who seem not to know or accept Foxs decline, besides its own audience, are ­liberals, including Barack Obama, whose White House mounted a short-lived, pointless freeze-out of Fox News in 2009, and who convinced himself that the network has shaved five points off his approval rating.

 

Ailes would like the president and everyone else to keep believing he has that clout. But these days Fox News is the loudest voice in the room only in the sense that a bawling baby is the loudest voice in the room. In being so easily bullied by Foxs childish provocations, the left gives the network the attention on which it thrives and hands it power that it otherwise has lost. As the post-Obama era approaches, the energy spent combating Ailes might be better devoted to real political battles against more powerful adversariesnot to mention questioning the ideological slant of legitimate news operations like, say, 60 Minutes, which has recently given airtime to a fraudulent account of the murders at Benghazi and to a credulous puff piece on the NSAs domestic surveillance.

 

The most interesting news about Fox News is that for some years now it has been damaging the right far more than the left. As a pair of political analysts wrote at Reuters last year, When the mainstream media reigned supreme, between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won seven out of the ten presidential elections, but since 1992, when conservative media began to flourish (first with Rush Limbaughs ascendancy, then with Fox), Democrats have won the popular vote five out of six times. Youd think theyd be well advised to leave Fox News to its own devices so that it can continue to shoot its own party in the foot.

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ec...I don't have time to read all that !

 

So let me guess, just ultraliberal...Fox News is evil blah, blah, blah ???

 

 

Thanks for proving your propensity for ignoring anything other than 5 sec sound bytes.

Fox really loves simpletons like yourself.

Let's dumb it down for the cons who ride in the short bus:

 

 

The most interesting news about Fox News is that for some years now it has been damaging the right far more than the left. As a pair of political analysts wrote at Reuters last year, When the mainstream media reigned supreme, between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won seven out of the ten presidential elections, but since 1992, when conservative media began to flourish (first with Rush Limbaughs ascendancy, then with Fox), Democrats have won the popular vote five out of six times. Youd think theyd be well advised to leave Fox News to its own devices so that it can continue to shoot its own party in the foot.

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Thanks for proving your propensity for ignoring anything other than 5 sec sound bytes.

Fox really loves simpletons like yourself.

Let's dumb it down for the cons who ride in the short bus:

 

 

The most interesting news about Fox News is that for some years now it has been damaging the right far more than the left. As a pair of political analysts wrote at Reuters last year, When the mainstream media reigned supreme, between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won seven out of the ten presidential elections, but since 1992, when conservative media began to flourish (first with Rush Limbaughs ascendancy, then with Fox), Democrats have won the popular vote five out of six times. Youd think theyd be well advised to leave Fox News to its own devices so that it can continue to shoot its own party in the foot.

 

Jerk-off logic from a jerk-off. Stop watching fox if you don't like it. Dickhead.

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Jerk-off logic from a jerk-off. Stop watching fox if you don't like it. Dickhead.

Were you a grade school dropout?

As a pair of political analysts wrote at Reuters last year, When the mainstream media reigned supreme, between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won seven out of the ten presidential elections, but since 1992, when conservative media began to flourish (first with Rush Limbaughs ascendancy, then with Fox), Democrats have won the popular vote five out of six times. .

Let's shorten it even more for the Bedwetter.

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The nightpisser thinks that the dems winning 5 out of the last 6 elections in the popular vote is a LIE.

 

Yup, a grade school dropout.

 

Says the guy with 6 fake careers with boat loads of money who also hates the rich. You are a hypocrite and a liar. You nauseate everyone.

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The most interesting news about Fox News is that for some years now it has been damaging the right far more than the left.

 

Need a distraction from the issues...just yell, the war on women, Rush Limbaugh's fault, you hate Obama because your a racist, the Tea Party is violent, Scott Walker, White privilege, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 !

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Is humor lacking that much in the cornhusker state that you really think your funny!

 

Nebraska isn't known as the most bland state for nothing. Your a fine representative.

 

High praise from a resident of a state that gave us Jersey Shore and a not so juicy bridge scandal! Snooky and Skeptic! Great representatives indeed!

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High praise from a resident of a state that gave us Jersey Shore and a not so juicy bridge scandal! Snooky and Skeptic! Great representatives indeed!

Snooky iand the others are from NY, genius. Lol and Christie is your guy. Don't bail on him now.,

Is everyone from Nebraska as bland and stupid as you are? Or are you the exception?

Check where the gun is pointed.

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Need a distraction from the issues...just yell, the war on women, Rush Limbaugh's fault, you hate Obama because your a racist, the Tea Party is violent, Scott Walker, White privilege, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 !

 

Oh yeah...I forgot Fox News !

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Snooky is from NY, genius. Lol and Christie is your guy. Don't bail on him now.,

Is everyone from Nebraska as bland and stupid as you are? Or are you the exception?

Check where the gun is pointed.

Unfortunately your bridge to nowhere story is going about as well as this thread! You're backed into a corner sputtering about Nebraska! You're the dumbest thing to come out of New Jersey since a Mr. Richard Fader!

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Unfortunately your bridge to nowhere story is going about as well as this thread! r!

I see your displaying your usual politics acumen since they're in the middle of investigations and u have no clue.

 

I love it when you advertise your lameness.

Need a distraction from the issues...just yell, the war on women, Rush Limbaugh's fault, you hate Obama because your a racist, the Tea Party is violent, Scott Walker, White privilege, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 #9, #9, #9, #9, #9 !

Gee, there must be some truth to those since you keep losing elections. You dopes just never learn.

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I see your displaying your usual politics acumen since they're in the middle of investigations and u have no clue.

 

I love it when you advertise your lameness.

 

Gee, there must be some truth to those since you keep losing elections. You dopes just never learn.

 

We're seeing your political acumen inaction right now. When it doubt...start yet another Fox News thread! When your thread is beaten down, back into the corner and start bleating something about Nebraska!

 

What, exactly did you win in the last election?

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