When Donald Trump’s supporters blame the news media for churning out “fake news,” they insist that they just want the media to be more honest and accountable. But how do they react when their favorite news network, Fox News Channel, actually tries to take the “news” part seriously? Without fail, they scream that Fox News isn’t really being fair and balanced.
For example, consider what happens on Twitter whenever Fox News’ top anchorman, Shepard Smith, calls out the latest alternative fact from the White House. Like clockwork, the MAGA brigade demands that Smith either be fired or take his act to CNN for daring to speak ill of their dear one.
That alone would be ample evidence that the covfefe drinkers don’t believe Fox News should be allowed to actually practice journalism. But even more proof came in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Fox News tried to knock down the far-right impulse to blame liberal megadonor George Soros for all of the ills in the world–and a number of deplorables were having none of it.
Late Monday afternoon, an employee at Soros’ home in Westchester County discovered a suspicious package in a mailbox near the house. When he opened the package, he found what looked like a bomb. Police were able to deactivate the device without incident.
Watch Fox News report on the discovery of the bomb here.
Reporter Bryan Llenas briefly touched on how a number of conservatives have tried to blame Soros for funding anti-Trump protests, as well as the “caravan” of migrants headed from Central America to the United States via Mexico. The blame game goes all the way to the White House.
However, when Llenas got back to 1211 Avenue of the Americas, he helped debunk many of those claims in an article for Fox News’ Website. The article noted that Soros has been the target of “many unfounded conspiracy theories.” Among them is the effort to tie Soros to the caravan, which was made “without evidence.”
When far-right cosplay journalist Liz Crokin saw this outbreak of journalism roll across her phone early Wednesday morning, she hit the ceiling.
Crokin never met a conspiracy theory she didn’t like. She was one of the loudest promoters of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory claiming that Democratic bigshots were actually pedophiles. More recently, she has been an equally breathless promoter of Pizzagate’s bastard child, “QAnon,” the bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that Trump is on the verge of opening the trap door under a massive pedophile ring involving nearly anyone who is anyone in Hollywood and the Democratic Party.
So it wasn’t too big of a leap for Crokin to clutch her pearls when she saw Fox News try to call a halt to the “blame Soros” game. A number of Crokin’s fans were of similar mind.
Never mind that this talk borders on being anti-Semitic. Remember, claiming that wealthy Jews are out to control everything has long been a standard item in the right-wing shibboleth toolbox.
There’s another reason it’s not all that surprising to see the covfefe drinkers blow their stacks over Fox News having the integrity to call BS on the Soros conspiracy theories. Believe it or not, a number of right-wing diehards actually skipped and danced when word got out about the bomb in Soros’ mailbox. The Young Turks got a sample of some of them; watch here.
The comment sections for Fox News’ story at YouTube and Facebook contained equally deplorable comments. And they’re the ones calling us an angry, unhinged mob?
It’s hard not to wonder if these diehards would have actually preferred a story that fixed the blame on Soros for all of the ills in the world–and that he almost got what was coming to him. Considering how outraged Crokin and other MAGA-hat wearers were when Fox News instead practiced actual journalism, it’s not out of line to ask that question.
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