“Don’t you think it’s a little curious? Some of my friends were talking over the weekend, isn’t that curious timing? Out of nowhere, you know, in the midst of Obamacare not unrolling correctly, the president’s poll numbers never been lower then, look, John Kerry pulls a rabbit out of his hat and changes the subject.”
— Steve Doocy questioning the timing of this weekend’s Iran deal while talking to Bret Baier on Fox & Friends
If John Cornyn was going to drop the first hint of the inevitable conservative conspiracy theory regarding the Iran deal, it was assured that a dignity-free lapdog like Doocy was going to be the first to pick up that ball and run it into the end zone. Doocy is by far the most ridiculous person on the Fox & Friends couch, which is impressive along the lines of being the gayest man in the Interior Illusions Lounge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s not like he has any sort of journalistic reputation to consider that would make him think twice about trafficking in wholly speculative fever dreams.
And so begins Fox News’s promotion of the latest made-up right-wing Obama controversy, as always done under the guise of “just asking questions” — “just saying, ‘hmmm, quite a coincidence.'” I’ve written about this before quite a bit, but it’s times like these when it really becomes obvious just how ethically bankrupt Fox News and the conservative media machine are, as well as how much damage they do. We’ve become so used to it by now that it hardly shocks us anymore, but when you take a step back and really consider it, it should. An anchor on a cable channel that purports to be a news outlet, talking to a supposedly “straight-news” reporter — one without any agenda other than the truth — just implied misconduct by the President of the United States and did it without a shred of evidence other than, supposedly but not really, a conversation among a bunch of his buddies. That’s all it takes these days to get the conspiracy theory started and give it traction — and Fox News just gleefully injected it into the media bloodstream.
Again, I realize that saying this should be old hat by now but the point needs to be made as loudly and as often as possible: Fox News isn’t a real news outlet. It should never under any circumstances be treated like one — not by the White House, not by anybody. It’s 24/7 propaganda, and nothing more.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.