Fox and Violence
They talk of putting their opponents in the cross hairs. They believe George Soros, the financier, is “the puppet master” intent on the overthrow of the US government. They believe a one-world cabal is intent on taking over America and the planet.
There has already been a death threat against Senator Patty Murray, the Senator for Washington state, because she voted for health care reform. The man convicted of the threat was using language that came word for word from Glenn Beck, the glamor boy of the Fox network. Sharron Angle, the Republican backed by Fox against Harry Reid in Nevada, talked about whether people should use their “second amendment remedies “, that is, guns, to solve the political challenge. That is open talk of political murder.
“They” in the above are the Fox-Tea Party axis. This is a key point. They have become the one force, with Palin on the channel’s payroll and the channel urging turnout at the rallies where the sentiments described above were given full expression. The channel became the official voice for the Tea Party, all its commentators yodeling in support of their candidates in the mid-terms and reinforcing Tea Party paranoia and hysteria.
As The New York Times says, “…it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge.”
“Gale of anger” says it all.
The extremism that is commonplace on Fox has no precedent in any other mainstream media in America in the post-Civil War era.