It’s a growing problem that seems to be magnifying in the most radical of the Fox-News Republican “news” personalities. And it’s a problem that is causing serious, if not irreparable harm to our nation.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson had the unmitigated audacity to tell his viewers that they shouldn’t trust news reports from the “big news stations.”
“If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
For the record, Fox News has dominated cable news for 197 consecutive months.
Carlson was swiftly dragged on twitter by a number of respected journalists.
Isn’t this sad? Tonight @TuckerCarlson told his viewers not to believe ANYTHING they learn from his rivals: “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 15, 2018
Not just sad. Repugnant. Literally damaging to our democracy. https://t.co/vpB1hpFdZo
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) June 15, 2018
Fox News host last night. “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.” Which is like a GM executive saying: if you want to risk your life, take a ride in a Ford.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) June 15, 2018
Always trust the boyfriend who tells you to ditch your family and your friends. https://t.co/0Mm0oj3sYt
— Will Saletan (@saletan) June 16, 2018
Just last month, Carlson argued that college degrees are essentially worthless for most. Carlson himself, whose brand recognition relied heavily on wearing bow ties for the majority of his television career, attended a private boarding school followed by a stint at Trinity College, from which he earned a B.A. in History. While we can’t know how much money his parents spent on boarding school, Trinity College costs right around $72,ooo per year.
Carlson’s annual contract at Fox News is reportedly around $4,000,000. But, yes, mister boarding school, followed by pricey college just can’t see the value in college.
If this doesn’t make sense to you: it should. There is a certain term that gets tossed around during election cycles: low information voters. The Republican war on academia has been waged for some time. And it’s invariably furthered by various smug millionaires who were fortunate enough to procure “elite” education to pave the way for their becoming a conservative hand puppets.
Fox News, which has gone from ugh, that news channel to… terrifyingly close to state-sponsored media in the Trump era needs to keep its viewers nice and dumb. They don’t need fancy book learning, or objective reporting. All they need is Fox News. Fox News has an unspoken accord with its viewers that they — and only they — will be able to direct them to their doomsday bunkers once some vague-but-inevitable liberal apocalypse dawns.
In my personal life, I’ve had considerable experience with people who preempted Carlson’s directive and have, for years, only trusted Fox News. My “Libertarian” uncle had to replace his old-school big screen television in the early aughts because the Fox News logo had been burned into the screen. As one might imagine, Thanksgiving dinner discussions between the two of us were both lively and dreaded by the rest of the family.