By AUGUST WILLIAMS
January 27, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – With the fate of the Free World in the balance, caught between the pincer jaws of a Marxist inspired cultural revolution and the bloody hand of Islamic jihad one might think that the “Fair and Balanced” news network would take its role a bit more seriously.
Launched during October 1996, Fox News had built a solid reputation among what has come to be its core viewership, conservatives, libertarians and yes…fair minded Democrats who had become dissatisfied with the legacy media’s knee jerk liberalism.
The network’s impact has been dramatic and much of the credit rightfully accrues to the brilliance of Roger Ailes.
But that was 20 years ago and this is the news business after all, which by its very nature attracts a demographic which politically, is skewed far left of center. Far from being a conspiracy, this taint is understandable, given those entering Columbia Journo School are almost without exception there because they “want to change the world” or “make a difference.”
Since “the world” these folks wish to change has largely been formed organically, thinking in terms of Burke’s three principles: “prejudice,” “presumption,” and “prescription,” [look it up, this isn’t Political Science 101, sorry] the subtext of journothink really, is rebellion against tradition, inarguably a radical point of view.
Television news has and always will encompass a large element of entertainment and or celebrity. No one can command an audience of millions night after night and not in some way have been able to carve out a niche persona with whom many identify, be it the now ancient example of Walter Cronkite’s avuncular authoritativeness, the near hysterical ravings of a Chris Matthews or the pink fascism of Rachel Maddow.
Fox News is no different, as reflected in its eye candy approach, the startlingly disproportionate hiring of blonde women where “the curtains don’t match the carpet.”
At the top of this heap is Megyn “Butch” Kelly - hired in 2004 - whose persona as anchor of the top rated “Kelly File” has gravitated from chanteuse in black negligee towards the journo equivalent of a near-emaciated clipped-hair-dyke.
Until fairly recently Kelly has been essentially non-controversial, but under the tutelage of Fox’s powerhouse, Bill O’Reilly, has considerably sharpened her elbows.
Kelly’s rise can be charted against the declining role of Roger Ailes who has been having serious health issues for over a year, forcing him to miss much of 2015 and it has been precisely during this rudderless period that the Fox inmates started running the asylum.
It would be remiss not to observe that during this period, Fox has stumbled along under the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s evil spawn, James and Lachlan.
Whether upon whim, suggestion or command it was Kelly and company who lit the fuse to the growing conflagration when during the first GOP debate [August 7, 2015, moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace] out of the gate, Bret Baier asked for - shades of kindergarten - a “show of hands,” pledging the candidates not to run as a third party, a query squarely pointed at candidate Trump.
Trump deftly deflected the unusual question stating he would not mount a third party candidacy on one condition, simply that the RNC treat him fairly.
But Fox was just getting started.
When the role of the inquisitor turned to Kelly her first question was absurdly pejorative, as much as accusing the GOP leader of being a serial abuser of women.
“You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” [source, Time Politics, Transcript August 7, 2015 GOP Debate]
Trump, displaying an unexpected sense of superb comedic timing, quipped “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
But Kelly was not put off and pursued the matter in what was clearly a pre-planned attempted political assassination.
It only went downhill from there.
Now 5 months later and with Iowa looming only days away, the Donald announced that he’s pulled out of the last debate before the caucuses, when Fox refused to pull Kelly from the moderator lineup while. This came as the network issued childishly snarky Tweets suggesting Trump won’t be able to deal with world leaders who may not like him:
“We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”
The Trump campaign made clear the candidate’s thinking on the decision not to participate:
“Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away. Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games. There have already been six debates, and according to all online debate polls including Drudge, Slate, Time Magazine, and many others, Mr. Trump has won all of them, in particular the last one. Whereas he has always been a job creator and not a debater, he nevertheless truly enjoys the debating process – and it has been very good for him, both in polls and popularity. He will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians. Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind mentality our country needs in order to Make America Great Again.”
Less than 24 hours after the dust up, it seems the verdict is already in; Trump won this one going away.
As no less an authority than Rush Limbaugh, explained on Wednesday [January 27, 2016] that the candidate, in making his decision not to be bullied by Fox, was only following the negotiating strategy which Mr. Trump outlined in his best-selling book, The Art of the Deal, namely that in a two party negotiation, the little dog does not dictate terms to the alpha leader of the pack.
As an aside, anyone who has been through advanced sales and strategic negotiating training, the kind of boot camps that involve weeks of class time out of town, role playing, coaching, after hours “team building,” and yes, in your face, often brutal criticism before your peers, knows the unassailable wisdom of Trump’s logic at a cellular level.
In plain terms Fox expected, simply because that’s the way it’s always been done, that it could get away with insulting and disrespecting the overwhelming leader of the pack from day one [he out polls the second place candidate – a fine man in his own right – Senator Cruz, 2-1] while picking his pocket.
Every previous - standard GI issue - GOP candidate and all of those currently running, of course excepting Trump, are more than willing to take it.
They need the media to carry their message; hence they are subject to its indignities.
Trump obviously is not - a substantial part of his appeal.
Though all of this should be rather obvious [especially to a bunch this innately bright] that hasn’t stopped the back benchers and nameless also-rans who merely bay at the leader, from whining and throwing down imaginary gauntlets, all from a position of weakness at best, insignificance at worst.
For example Senator Cruz has “challenged” Trump to a one-on-one radio debate hosted by talker Mark Levin and The Donald only yawned.
Trump is where he is in the polls for a reason.
He has the pulse of that sector [one deep, wide and bipartisan] of the American “lumpenproletariate” whose rage grows daily as the inside the beltway DC types party on while America is being consumed from within, - a bonfire fanned and stoked by a thoroughly reprehensible human being who just happens to be president.
If one is given to ledger type analogies this state of affairs is made to order; there is Trump on the credit side and everyone else under the debit heading.
It’s the realization of a contest which many have imagined, longed for even, but one which few would have been so audacious to ever think possible.
It’s the inbred, back-slapping, good-old-boy, pay to play DC establishment vs. an articulate, quirky, mega-wealthy and hence self-funded American success story who understands so completely it must be shocking to some, the quantum physics of political power – its Steven Hawking.
Read it and weep Fox, et al., what is happening is the political equivalent of the Reformation.
The phony structure that the DC power brokers of both parties built has crumbled and it will have to deal with the world now as it is, not as it was once artificially arranged.
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