From the pre-dawn hours of Fox & Friends until Greg Gutfeld signs off in the middle of the night, Fox News has fed it's followers an unhealthy diet of half truthes, flat-out lies, and cleaver propaganda. And they've done so in a harmetically sealed bubble disconnected from the world and reality. Therein lies the problem. In the process of creating the news, Fox News talking heads, commentators, and stratigist starting relying on it as a barometer for the 2012 electorate. BIG MISTAKE! - Any pusher will tell you the pitfalls of getting high on your own supply.
Not only was Fox News unable to prevent the first African-American from becoming President of The United States, they also failed in keeping him from being re-elected. In an interview that appeared in the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years after Obama was elected president. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky. said "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. A combination of big money and big propaganda was supposed to carry the day for Romney and the Republicans, but it didn't.
While Republicans continue to play a game of post election finger pointing, it's becoming obvious that Fox News owns a substantial portion of the blame. They have over played their hand and their propaganda model may have simply run it's course. It's not that Fox News is going anywhere, it's just that they are going to have to dial down the crazy talk a few thousand notches in order to be successful.
The widely criticized video below, which the hosts of the show advertised as taking a "look back" at President Obama's four years in office, could easily be mistaken for a Republican attack ad. It was aired multiple times throughout the show.
"We decided to take a look back at the president's first term to see if it lived up to hope and change," host Gretchen Carlson said before introducing the video.
In the video —which is labeled as a "Fox and Friends Presents" production — viewers see images of Obama talking about jobs contrasted with footage of homeless people. There is dark, foreboding music, and statistics about the unemployment rate, the rise in the number of food stamps, and the national debt, among other things. Carlson heaped lavish praise on the producer of the video saying that it had taken a "tremendous amount of research" to put together.
While Fox News may be the "most watched" channel in cable news, I wish someone in the non-partisan polling business would drill down that claim a bit further. For the exception of Fox News, I'm sure many would be like to know exactly how many people watch Fox as a legitimate source for news and information, and how many watch for it's "entertainment" value.
The 2014 mid-term election will be here before we know it and we shall see if Fox News tones down the crazy talk or continues to slather it on layer-upon-layer? - If the question is: How in the world did the Romney campaign, Fox News, and Republicans in congress fail at making Barack Obama a one-term president, I would put it in a nutshell for them like this.
You underestimated Barack Obama.........again.