It is no secret that Fox News is not so much a news network as it is a mouthpiece for Trump and the GOP. Evidence of this pops up time and time again, the latest of which saw recently retired Army Lt. Colonel and Fox News strategic analyst, Ralph Peters, lamenting his time at the network and announcing it had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”
A recent tweet shared by media watchdog Media Matters shines a glaring spotlight on this notion of Fox News as a ‘propaganda machine.’ The tweet features footage of Fox News personalities viciously attacking the March For Our Lives leaders and supporters, cut with video clips of those same personalities defending white supremacists who had turned a peaceful protest violent last August in Charlottesville, VA.
fox & friends is nicer to your march if it includes neo-nazis pic.twitter.com/5oBhGd57gW
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 26, 2018
Fox News on the March For Our Lives leaders:
“These were dressed up Resist Rallies, spare me if I don’t want to hear the sanctimoniousness of a 17-year-old.”
“Forgive me if I don’t want a listen on the Second Amendment from a 16-year-old.
“What did I do wrong? Why should I have to surrender a firearm?”
(Ah, said like a true adult.)
The network attempts to paint the MFOL advocates as naive children, discrediting their cause and belief systems as ignorant and without foundation.
“These 17-year-olds should go back to civics class.”
“Many of them don’t even know what they’re talking about to begin with.”
“Maybe if you’re going to protest something, you should know exactly what you’re protesting.”
The pure vitriol and fury with which their statements are delivered— statements directed at teenagers— at gun violence survivors— at kids who watched their friends die and now want American children to feel safe in schools— is sickening.
At one point, a Fox News pundit literally says, “Forgive me if I don’t want to hear a 9-year-old tell me her dream is a world without guns. My world? I want a world without Islamists. I wish that was true too.”
And Fox News on Charlottesville, VA:
“Certainly a contentious day yesterday in Charlottesville. There’s a reason those people were out there…try to at least understand who people are, where they are coming from.”
“Who’s to blame for the chaos erupting in Charlottesville?”
“This is on all sides, and that is the uncomfortable truth.”
Donald Trump, who had initially declined to condemn the white supremacists— even after one of their number murdered 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 35 others by running them down in his car— insisted that both sides were to blame. Against all logic and humanity, Fox News followed suit.
At one point in the video, a Fox News puppet says what may be the most laughable statement in a long line of laughable statements: “Young white men, who feel like, ‘hey, I’m being treated differently in this country than I feel like I should have, I’ve become a second-hand citizen.”
Let that sink in: Fox News sympathizes with white supremacists for feeling as though they’ve become ‘second-hand citizens.’
“Emotion is a terrible substitute for truth. It is a terrible substitute for facts,” concludes the video. Strong words coming from a network that employs Alex Jones, notorious conspiracy theorist and hysterical psychopath.
(Yeah. That guy.)
This isn’t the first time a mashup video displaying Fox News’ hypocrisy has garnered online attention. A couple of weeks ago, a video from NowThisNews featured Fox News personalities hatefully blasting Obama for agreeing to meet with North Korean leadership, while simultaneously exalting Trump for doing the exact same thing. (“President Obama likes talking to dictators!” vs. “President Trump scores a stunning diplomatic triumph!”)
Everything wrong with Fox News in one video pic.twitter.com/MhnApiQ3pG
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 16, 2018