The United States of Fox

Since when do television personalities drive U.S. policy?  Since when does the president of the nation ask the media pundits what he should do?  Why, the answer is simple:  Since 20 January 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated to an office he is incapable of managing.

No one person can know everything … I get that.  In the past, though, presidents have hired people called ‘advisors’ to help them determine the best course of action.  Trump hired people called advisors, but refuses to listen to or heed the advice of the ones who actually know what they’re doing.  The others are just window dressing or campaign donors to whom a favour was owed.  The ones who knew what they were doing got tired of being berated, abused and ignored, and they have since left the room.

Left to right:  Sean Hannity, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Doocy, Lou Dobbs, Ann Coulter

“Is there any, in your judgment, any reason in the world why he should not call that emergency?” —  Fox News host Lou Dobbs

“Let’s be very clear, this is just politics, this is about the vote. This has nothing to do with the security of the nation. And on February the 16th, I expect [Trump] to declare a national emergency to build the wall.” – Sebastian Gorka to Sean Hannity

“Agreed.” – Sean Hannity

“If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time! And if they’re contemplating amnesty, it’s also a waste of time.” – Ann Coulter

Now, I don’t think any of the above people were elected by We the People to govern this nation, were they?  And I seriously don’t think any of them have the education or experience to do so (yes, yes, I know – neither does Donald Trump, but that is a whole ‘nother issue!).

Sean Hannity attended three different colleges – New York University, UC Santa Barbara, and Adelphi University – but lasted only two years total before dropping out to start a house-painting business.  He has never held a position within the U.S. government.

Ann Coulter, surprisingly, graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in History, and then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.  I shake my head over this one, as I do over the fact that Kellyanne Conway has a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  An education wasted in both cases, I would say.

Lou Dobbs has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and briefly attended law school.

Steve Doocy has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Doocy is also implicated in Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Roger Ailes. The lawsuit alleges: “Doocy engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment …”

All of the above have been involved in the promulgation of conspiracy theories over the past decade.  None were hired to determine public policy.  None are, as far as I know, on the U.S. federal payroll, although it wouldn’t surprise me to find that they are.  And yet, they are influencing Donald Trump far more than We the People who elected him and pay his salary are.  (And yes, folks, he receives a salary)

The most glaring example, of course, came in December when Trump had agreed to sign the spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown, until …

  • Ann Coulter described Trump as a gutless “sociopath” who, without a border wall, “will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people.”

  • Rush Limbaugh said on his show that without the $5 billion, any signing of a budget stop gap would show “Trump gets nothing and the Democrats get everything.”

  • Steve Doocy of ‘Fox and Friends’ said that without wall funding, “the swamp wins,” adding that Trump will “look like a loser” without wall funding and stating, “This is worth shutting down” the government.

We all know that there is no depth to Donald Trump, that to him the most important thing is that people “say nice things” about him, so when his favourite television pundits seemed to be turning against him, there was no thought in his head about what was the best thing to do for the country, but only what would get his Fox buddies to talk nice about him again.  And thus, we had a 35-day government shutdown that is estimated to have cost us approximately $11 billion.Fox-Trump-3And now … we are headed for either another shutdown or a declaration that the nation is in a “state of emergency”.  As far as I can see, there is no emergency and it is a political tool that Trump is likely to use to keep his friends at Fox saying nice things.  Can the republicans really not see what a total failure their ‘leader’ is?  Can his fealty to Fox News to the exclusion of the citizens of this nation continue to be ignored?  And if so, at what cost?   Think about it.

36 thoughts on “The United States of Fox

  1. question: What is the annual costs to our system according to the Center for Disease Control from illegal and or u undocumented border crossings?
    My home state now has several varieties of E and W African diseases, as well as one’s that have been re-introduced because of our border policies. What do you suggest to guard our nation’s health when any unregulated person could carry any communicable disease? How could we do better?


  2. Dear Jill,

    The question for me is, does FOX TV need President Trum’p’s support or vice versa. While FOX TV and like minded conservative media outlets set up an audience of followers where the US president was poised to co-opt them and co-opt he has. President Trump’s base are loyal to him beyond all reason because they have nowhere else to go. These right wingers had better watch their step or their pundits instead of holding a pot of gold may find their pots full of BS.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I think it works both ways. All Trump has to do is say it, and Fox magnifies it 1,000 times. On the other hand, if Trump were to disappear tomorrow, Fox would be out of business in a month. Without Fox, I suspect Trump’s base would be lost … where to turn to find the “facts”???

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  3. Fox News and their ilk perpetuate all this and more.

    This paragraph below is from Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas? (©2004) explains what conservatives do:

    Thomas Frank writes: “But on closer inspection the country seems more like a panorama of madness and delusion of sturdy blue-collar patriots reciting the Pledge while they strangle their own life chances; of small farmers proudly voting themselves off the land; of devoted family men carefully seeing to it that their children will never be able to afford college or proper health care; of working-class guys in midwestern cities cheering as they deliver up a landslide for a candidate whose policies will end their way of life, will transform their region into a ‘rust belt’, will strike people like them blows from which they will never recover.”

    Why conservatives behave the way they do it is a difficult question. Many scientists now suspect a slightly different kind of brain wiring for conservatives that makes them more fear based and more likely to embrace strong authority figures, while psychologists attribute their weird, self-destructive behavior to childhood brainwashing with fundamentalist religion and blind patriotism.

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    • Mary, well said. When I left the GOP about twelve years ago (I am fiscally conservative and socially progressive), I read a story that over 1/2 of the GOP voters are voting against their economic interests and have no idea they are. Coupling this with Fox News et al, I think this is the reason former Democrat Donald Trump decided to run as a Republican. He saw an audience and vehicle to exploit. They still are voting against their economic interests, but are doing it to support a populist manipulator. Keith

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      • @Keith Yes but the other half of GOP voters are voting for their own economic interests. It’s the rich and powerful half that controls the media, hollywood, super pacs, lobbyists, politicians etc. Problem is the poorer half are seldom independent thinkers, caught up with sound bites and slogans like MAGA. Both sides of the aisle are fed up b/c the Democratic Party also make huge promises but rarely deliver, hence elections swing back and forth approximately every 8 years. And the establishment wants to keep it this way, giving ppl the illusion of choice, but in reality it’s the same game only different players in a two party system. The only way to break out is to go independent, but not when an independent like Howard Schultz is a billionaire trying to maintain this system’s status quo. I still believe it would take a miracle like Bernie Sanders to revolutionize our so called democracy. There are no effective solutions for governance of ppl until enough of us awaken. There a really good Youtube video put out by Liberal Progressives – The Young Turks called “Beware Of THESE Democratic Candidates”. I would highly recommend watching!

        “Top Wall Street executives would love to be rid of President Donald Trump. But they are getting panicked about the prospect of an ultraliberal Democratic nominee bent on raising taxes and slapping regulations on their firms.
        The result is a kind of nervous paralysis of executives pining for a centrist nominee like Michael Bloomberg while realizing such an outcome is unlikely from a party veering sharply to the left.”

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        • The partisanship in this nation is truly out of control. You make some excellent points, and while I might agree that it’s time to break away from the two-party system, I also realize that an Independent stands absolutely NO chance of winning an election. The rules are stacked against any independent, thus the inclusion of one serves only to dilute the votes for one or the other of the two major candidates. I liked Bernie Sanders, like his ideas, but the reality is that if he had won in 2016, he would never have been able to implement his ideas, and thus would have been considered a failure by this time.

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          • I absolutely agree, Bernie leads with his heart, he would not mesh well with the system at this time. The old dinosaur boys club in Congress must die out before any real change happens. That why AOC is such a breath of fresh air, even her own party is against most of what she stands for. Ultimately it’s our collective consciousness that must grow enough to overcome primal human desires like hated, greed, fear, selfishness.
            Like the old saying goes: if we don’t kill each other and the planet, we just might become something great! 🙂

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    • That excerpt by Thomas Frank is spot on! And just as true today as it was in 2004. I strongly suspect that their fundamentalist religious upbringing at least plays a role in their way of thinking. The frightening part, though, is that while they ARE in the minority, they still managed by fluke of the Constitution and district boundaries to install a madman in the Oval Office. And, they are willing to fight tooth and nail to keep him there, even if it means the complete breakdown of civility and humanity in this country.

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  4. In today’s society, which is becoming more and more closed minded, rather than view a issue objectively with a open mind, many are closed minded and seek out sources that cater to their thinking… as the saying goes “birds of like feather flock together”.. FOX News is conservative in nature and that ideology is all one will find there… Trump prefers FOX simply because FOX fuels his ego, FOX prefers Trump because he may get them want they want…. Trump and FOX are “behind smoochers”… 🙂

    “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” Gerry Spence

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    • I have to wonder … if Fox News had miraculously gone bankrupt and not been on the air in 2016, if Trump could have won the election (the one he really lost by nearly 3 million votes!)? I always like that quote … I agree wholeheartedly!

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  5. If only the president can keep his massive oversized ego in check, he’ll be more effective as a leader. Unfortunate for all of us, the tail is wagging the dog as Fox News seem to be dictating policy… as absurd as that sounds.

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    • Hah! That would be akin to asking an elephant to ‘walk softly’. He is incapable of either taming his monumental ego, or of leading this nation. To top that off, he’s too much of a megalomaniac to listen to the advisors who actually know what they are doing. Sigh. The Titanic races toward the iceberg, with the captain below decks polishing his ego.

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  6. Cynic that I have become, illness only exacerbates it, it is my opinion that…Donald Trump and his Fox News enablers have no desire for an acceptable compromise from Congress by Feb.15, 2019. That would preclude the declaring of a National Emergency. I harbor the suspicion that this has been his Plan A all along, the partial Government Shutdown was merely a dress rehearsal for the big show that is yet to come. Thank-you!

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    • I have thought many times of late that you are absolutely correct, that this whole thing was staged to open the door for Trump to declare the state of emergency. Doing so would not only enable him to divert funding and resources toward his pet project, the wall, but would also give him other capabilities that could very well infringe on our Constitutional rights as citizens, and the right of the free press. THAT frightens me more than I care to say. There is some Congressional oversight involved, but so far he’s managed to avoid having the reins tugged on his runaway wagon, so I’m not confident that this will be any exception. I said long ago that his goal is to become a dictator … Steve Bannon is still, I believe, advising him. I’m ready to pack my bags and go before he builds a wall to keep us all in! Feel better, my friend!

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  7. Jill, I compare these entertainers to on-air street preachers, so truth is not what they are selling, fear, hate, anger seem to be the levers. The veracity of some of these folks has been measured – Hannity had the best rate, being untruthful only 51% of the time, 1 out of 2 statements. Limbaugh was the worst at an 80% untruthful rate, meaning only 1 out of 5 statements are true. Alex Jones was unmeasured, but he is interested in selling product to assuage your fears that he spawned.

    And of course, Trump is untruthful 69% of the time, increasing to 75% of the time in rallies. Getting news from these folks means you will go largely uniformed are misinformed.


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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    CURRENT AMERICAN REALITY … ‘Since when do television personalities drive U.S. policy? Since when does the president of the nation ask the media pundits what he should do? Why, the answer is simple: Since 20 January 2017, the day Donald Drumpf was inaugurated to an office he is incapable of managing.’

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  9. His followers also believe Faux News has all the answers so why would they dispute tRumpsky’s decisions?

    Such a wonderful country we currently have — run by news commentators, Trump supporters, and an idiot.

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  10. Hello Jill. I think the question to ask the deplorables is “what do you want” and see if it comes close to anything really happening. If you then ask if the thing they want is happening, they most likely will say yes regardless of if it is happening or not. Because most of them either are in the fox news / hard right bubble they do not have a clue what is really happening. The rest are busy trolling anyone who really does know what is happening. Hugs

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    • Good question to ask them! Unless I miss my guess, they either a) cannot put into words exactly what it is they want, or b) will merely parrot what Trump has told them they want. They say that ‘ignorance is bliss’. If so, then Trump supporters and viewers of Fox News (one and the same?) must be the happiest people on earth! Hugs!!!

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