4 Ways Fox News Has Become a Doomsday Cult

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Like most of you who aren't Batmen, I have parents, and living in Texas means that at least one of those parental units gets most of their news from Fox News. Now, this may shock you as I confess it from the art blog of a Voice Media Group affiliated news agency, but I am a fairly liberal fellow. As such, I often do not agree with the words that Fox News throws at me.

That's not why I don't like them, though. I can handle philosophical disagreements just fine. No, what has me worried more and more for my poor father stuck out in Dayton, TX consuming nothing but Sean Hannity is the fact that he is clearly being brainwashed by the largest doomsday cult in American history.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not calling people who watch Fox News stupid. Cult members mirror the general population in intelligence according to the International Cultic Studies Association, and if my premise is correct that means that Fox News watchers are just a bright as the average American. The problem isn't intellectual, but emotional, and the more and more I am exposed to the techniques used by the Fox News media juggernaut the more it mirrors cults obsessed with the end of the world.

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Pictured: Utopia, apparently
Appeal to Tradition
The modern world is a fast-paced, confusing, and at times frightening place, particularly for older people who often find themselves unable to keep up with times. One of the primary ways that cults recruit and retain members is to offer people a place that feels safe and secure away from the non-cult world.

Now, the average age of a Fox News viewer is 68, so that leaves you with a demographic that both struggles to understand the shifting paradigms and also feels nostalgic for a past that frankly they may not remember all that accurately. You can listen to Bill O'Reilly wax poetically about how we were better in the 1950s, citing it as a magical time of more respect, less dependence, and more purity (O'Reilly did openly acknowledge that this was true only for whites and that the government, having offered civil rights to minorities was not obligated to institute programs to rectify racial inequalities).

And while it's true that life was pretty sweet for most white people in the '50s it has little to do with the points usually made on Fox News. High income taxes fed a blossoming social safety net and kept the federal budget more balanced and inflation at bay. The G. I. Bill paved the way for a new, educated workforce that was considerably better paid than we are today percentage-wise as employers competed for the highest quality workers in the form of bucks. Credit cards were born and suddenly everyone had, for now, access to more money than they actually had.

You'll recognize that this represents more or less the opposite of the Fox News conservative bent, but that's not important. What is important is that they can dig into the memories of people of good times and exploit them without ever bothering to mention what made those times good in the first place.

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19 comments
FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Here's the thing about me:  I Love history.  Prove me wrong.

txshaun1983
txshaun1983

So you probably agree with everything MSNBC says, so of course you have nothing negative to say about them, even though they have a leftist bias

rcastaneda1
rcastaneda1

If you strikeout Fox News and Sean Hannity and insert nazis and Joseph Goebbels in their place you have a good description of what happened in Germany during WWII.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

You realize that our "elderly" were the hippy generation, right?  Now do you feel the majority of that generation got old & senile since the 80's, or realized some common sense as to how the Government works...


Realize, this was the generation that watched and applauded the civil rights movement, and yet, it's all y'all can do to yell "RACIST" at them.  


Look, I'm pretty sure not every liberal is a crack smoking welfare recipient, even though every crack smoking welfare recipient is a liberal..  See how that works?

Supremely Unjust
Supremely Unjust

America's end just might come if there is no justice and our govt doesn't stop it's corruption. I've heard that both David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick were informed about the TWC rubberstamping on a labor complaint against a Houston YMCA. If so, which is willing to do something about the crimes, which as I understand it include felony perjury to State labor officials in a case with claims by a white man about employer discrimination allegedly done against African-Americans and men in general. I've seen some of the documents, so this is no longer hearsay. One is Lt. Gov. already, and one is a TX State Senator, so it seems that either have opportunity to right what looks like a terrible wrong. If neither is, why should Texas trust either will do any better if elected or reelected? If you want to see proof this is real, there is some on http://stillsupremelyunjust.yolasite.com. An older man is living in a tent while they boast & peddle for votes. Is this why people claim the GOP only represents big employers & the rich? Links on the site show another with even more evidence, and that same site shows a page with documents of sworn testimony to the DOJ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlq6V2jl9w0. Does Texas really need the DOJ to come in and make sure there's no cronyism in Austin? I should not even have to say this, as at least one of the two claims to be an upstanding Christian man. Nice, fine example of that if nobody cares, LMAO. Don't worry, my site doesn't mind shoving truth in the face of Democrats, either. This is simply about right & wrong and who has enough guts to do what's right for America & for Texas, in this case. Btw, the EEOC under Obama also seems to have rubberstamped the case without any investigation. This is not what America needs in leadership & govt.

stevek77536
stevek77536

" ... the average age of a Fox News viewer is 68 ... "  Did not know that, explains a lot.  


I've only seen Fox news recently when I started using the community gym.  I'm reluctant to ask to change it given the approving comments it inspires in the other folks there (mostly seniors, evidently mostly right wing).  What strikes me is not so much the actual reporting, which I expect, but the obvious choreography of the presentation.  E.g. when discussing their latest take on Obamacare (or Benghazi, that pretty much covers it), the very attractive "newsreaders" (as the Brits call them) will look down and to the side, shake their heads a little, etc.  I can almost picture the director standing just off camera making the same gestures as a way of "directing".  They are not "informing", even in a biased way,  they are blatantly propagandizing.  


OK, maybe everybody else knew that, but like I say, I don't see it much.

Al-Pocalypse
Al-Pocalypse

Great... all morning, I've been hearing R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World (as We Know It)" after reading this article.

Danny Noman
Danny Noman

Thankfully, my dad just watches Fox News because he likes getting angry.

Anse
Anse

Fox is turning our elderly population into a mass of terrified and deeply cynical people. It's really awful. I can't go to family gatherings without hearing about how terrible everything is. This network is a disease.

Anse
Anse

@txshaun1983  I'm about as liberal as they come, but even I can acknowledge that when Fox decides to do straight news reportage, they aren't bad. They're about as good as any other network. I only know this because about 2/3 of my in-laws television viewing is Fox News, and I've had the misfortune of having to watch it many times during visits. 


The problem is that straight news reportage is only a tiny fraction of their broadcast. Most of it is so-called "analysis"--most of that being editorializing. That's when Fox goes off the rails into crazy land very quickly. Yes, there is MSNBC, but while CNN was the pioneer in 24 hour news, Fox was the true innovator, if you want to use that word, in terms of presenting a distinctly partisan viewpoint.


Most liberals I know get their news from a variety of sources, and few of them watch it on television. We're internet people. Still, I have no problem acknowledging that if you want solid information about the health effects of marijuana, you probably shouldn't rely exclusively on High Times Magazine. We love us some Colbert Report, but we all know it's satire, not news, even if it does come perilously close to the real Fox News thing. We can get news about the markets from the Wall Street Journal while remembering that it is a conservative paper, and that's okay. We can read Thinkprogress.com or Mother Jones for our left wing activist fix and know exactly what we're getting.


What we're not going to do is let Fox get away with trying to position itself as some kind of balanced, apolitical network when it plainly is, and the fact is that most Fox News fans rarely venture out of that asylum to get a broader perspective on the news of the day. Maybe they'll listen to conservative talk radio, which is even more dreadful.

mike
mike

@txshaun1983 This always seems to be the first knee jerk reaction.  Truth is MSNBC doesn't have a very big viewer base.  Most people our age get their information from internet news. MSNBC is most definitely biased leaning as far left, as Fox leans right.  However a key difference you can notice from flipping channels back and forth, and spot checking the talking points, is that Fox tends to make up their own facts, and MSNBC spends the whole time obsessed with fact checking them.

Honestly, the truth is that Fox is intended for people who don't know how to use the internet to see if what they're being told is true or not. It very easy to frighten those types of people.  Our generation on the other hand fact checks everything on the internet (almost obsessively), and as a result has a very hard time seeing eye to eye with the Fox news captured demographic.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@FattyFatBastard  Yes, they took the courageous position of not being vehemently opposed to civil rights. That definitely shields them from any criticism.

Anse
Anse

@FattyFatBastard  There are no hippies in my family. My hometown only recently got out of the 1950's.

Retxab61
Retxab61

@FattyFatBastard  


I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.

  • John Stuart Mill, in a Parliamentary debate with the Conservative MP, John Pakington (May 31, 1866). Hansard, vol 183, col 1592.


Yeah, I DO see how it works! 

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Lol. Did you even read about John Stuart Mill? While certainly liberal socially, his liberal views towards government? You may want to read up on him and then retract this before you come off as foolishly as this. And FYI, your source material leads to nothing you stated.

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