Heartened by Fox

As part of my adventure in invalidism, I’m watching Fox News because I never do and it’s fun to explore. What strikes me as curious is the frequency and the intensity of the narrative of “this might actually prevent Democrats from winning big in November. Oh, this will definitely prevent Democrats from winning big in November. There is every sign Democrats will not be winning in November.”

Things must be a lot better than I thought if they are this worried.

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14 thoughts on “Heartened by Fox”

  1. My alternative explanation is that the channel workers are afraid of viewers switching off TV or changing a channel, if they become too complacent about Trump’s future win.

    Viewers, especially if we are talking mainly about old lonely pensioners, want to feel alive and engaged with TV’s help, so Fox News strives to produce emotions in them.

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  2. No. They always operate at Apocalypse Now levels.

    When I see my dad, I just get irritated because he works in random negative references during the most mundane conversations.

    “I’m going to Dearborn. Dearborn has lot of Muslims. I hope I don’t get blown up by jihadists.”

    Or:
    “Doesn’t this airport toy store name remind you of a mass murderer?”(paraphrased)

    My irritation is only partially about politics.

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    1. Ok, let’s not rain on my parade just yet. I want to think we are winning big in November.

      I literally don’t know a single person who watches Fox News.

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      1. If you’ve ever gone to the gym with default news on or sat in a waiting room for a doctor’s office and people haven’t turned it off or changed the channel, you know someone who watches Fox News. People will leave Fox on without changing the channel because Fox has the contract for NASCAR, Saturday games and prime games (like the All Star and the World Series) in baseball, some college basketball and some prime football games.

        You get much of the similar patterns of thought and arguments if you watch Meet the Press and Face the Nation and read The Wall Street Journal, especially the editorial page.

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        1. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is conservative, but Face the Nation is basically neutral in its interviews with both Republicans and Democrats, and the panelists and host on Meet the Press consistently lean left — every Sunday, just like clockwork.

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          1. but Face the Nation is basically neutral in its interviews with both Republicans and Democrats, and the panelists and host on Meet the Press consistently lean left — every Sunday, just like clockwork.

            I always thought of Face the Nation and Meet the Press what you watch when you want to find out what official party spokespeople (or designated ones) are going to say in their official party lines. It’s two hours of pure pablum meets stenographers. So in that sense they are neutral. I’m not sure why but both of them drive me up a wall while I’m fine with WSJ editorial page. I can’t watch political tv shows of any genre anymore so it’s not just my political bent.

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  3. “I literally don’t know a single person who watches Fox News.”

    But you have several enlightened commenters on your website who do. 🙂

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    1. I honestly wish I had more Republicans on the blog. It’s very useful to hear what the other side says. I’m getting a subscription to National Review because I find it very enlightening. Plus they have some really talented people there.

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  4. The Failing New York Times

    …Then, after Justice Gorsuch’s nomination was announced, a White House official singled out two candidates for the next Supreme Court vacancy: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati.

    The two judges had something in common: They had both clerked for Justice Kennedy.

    In the meantime, as the White House turned to stocking the lower courts, it did not overlook Justice Kennedy’s clerks. Mr. Trump nominated three of them to federal appeals courts: Judges Stephanos Bibas and Michael Scudder, both of whom have been confirmed, and Eric Murphy, the Ohio solicitor general, whom Mr. Trump nominated to the Sixth Circuit this month….

    But they had a connection, one Mr. Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017. As he made his way out of the chamber, Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice.

    “Say hello to your boy,” Mr. Trump said. “Special guy.”

    Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank’s global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.

    During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.

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      1. The linked New York Times article implies that Trump played up to Justice Kennedy in various ways to subtly encourage Kennedy to retire while Trump was president — and that Trump’s not-so-subtle scheming worked.

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