By Ben Cohen
Charles Krauthammer was inexplicably given an award for journalism (NB. the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism is immediately disqualified as a serious institution), and had the following to say about Fox News (h/t Cesca):
has done a great service to the American polity — single-handedly
breaking up the intellectual and ideological monopoly that for decades
exerted hegemony (to use a favorite lefty cliché) over the broadcast
I said some years ago that the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger
Ailes was to have discovered a niche market in American broadcasting —
half the American people. The reason Fox News has thrived and grown is
because it offers a vibrant and honest alternative to those who could
not abide yet another day of the news delivered to them beneath layer
after layer of often undisguised liberalism.
What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.
Firstly, the word ‘Fox’ and ‘Service’ should never be used in the same sentence. The network has done more to promote war, bigotry and narrow mindedness than any other modern American institution. Secondly, the MSM is not ‘liberal’, and never has been. Although possibly socially liberal, the MSM is overwhelmingly pro corporate, and in no sense Left wing.
Thirdly, Krauthammer has finally admitted what those outside Murdoch’s empire have been saying for years – that Fox News creates it’s own reality, one that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Finally!!!
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.