Cole is addressing the apparent point that Fox

 Cole Boland

1/23/18

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Professor Lieberman

 

                                                            Impact
of FOX News

 

 

Bruce Bartlett’s article of Fox news
is addressing the apparent point that Fox is misinforming the viewers of their
program. Certain programs on Fox news have played a role in changing the
dynamic of the media especially regarding politics. In 1996, when Fox News was
created, republicans finally had the access to a conservative channel at all
times of the day. With the majority of the media being portrayed as democratic,
Fox gave a new perspective, allowing republicans to stray away from all other
media, and use Fox as their only source of information instead of the New York
Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Since Fox News was created, it
has slowly become a problem for the Republican Party because it has kept
certain conservatives upset with the current state of the government, not
allowing the party to move back the center. (Lincoln Mitchell) “This has had profound political implications
that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called
self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or
opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the
gospel truth.” (Bartlett pg. 1). While many of the news stories Fox uses have
truth, it is hard to deny the underlying fact that it can be detrimental to
society.

 

This argument is
very important in today’s society because it needs to be know that Fox News is
portraying media the wrong way
to millions of Americans. According to Bartlett, Fox viewers are significantly
misinformed. “Fox’s
bias is so bad that even some conservatives can’t stomach it. Senator Tom
Coburn of Oklahoma, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, has
said, “There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch. Because they’re totally
not fair and totally not balanced.” (Pg. 11) Surveys have discovered that Fox viewers have shown to be
less informed than people who may not watch the news at all. These false
beliefs range anywhere from domestic issues, the economy, climate change, and a
potential connection between Al-Qaeda and Iraq. A survey that Bartlett includes
in his articles shows that when viewers from Fox, MSNBC, CNN were interviewed,
the most likely to answer a question wrong were the Fox viewers. Along with the
misinformation being talked about on the network, Fox has also has attitudes that are hard not to be picked
up on while watching or listening. “Studies show that Fox viewers have a distinct set of
political attitudes and voting patterns that are as much anti-liberal as they
are conservative. Indeed, they have a different perception of political reality
than those of all other television news viewers.” (Michael Wolff Pg. 8). This
gives viewers a negative opinion against other parties rather than an open
mind. The evidence being
used is hard to argue in that the facts can’t lie. During the Romney Election, Fox
portrayed a false sense of hope going into the final days of the campaign. “It may be that some Republican Fox viewers
became complacent and didn’t work as hard as they might if they had been more
aware of how badly Romney was doing in the final days of the campaign.” (Bartlett
pg. 19).