Thursday, October 7, 2010

Krugman: Fox Anoints And Hires Republicans

In "Fear and Favor," Paul Krugman focuses on the increasingly obvious nexus between Fox News, which serves as the propaganda arm of the GOP, and Republican candidates, who look to Fox for campaign support and network positions (the second paragraph below, on the basis of today's conservative movement, is particularly insightful):

As Politico recently pointed out, every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding now a paid contributor to Fox News. Now, media moguls have often promoted the careers and campaigns of politicians they believe will serve their interests. But directly cutting checks to political favorites takes it to a whole new level of blatancy.

Arguably, this shouldn’t be surprising. Modern American conservatism is, in large part, a movement shaped by billionaires and their bank accounts, and assured paychecks for the ideologically loyal are an important part of the system. Scientists willing to deny the existence of man-made climate change, economists willing to declare that tax cuts for the rich are essential to growth, strategic thinkers willing to provide rationales for wars of choice, lawyers willing to provide defenses of torture, all can count on support from a network of organizations that may seem independent on the surface but are largely financed by a handful of ultrawealthy families.

...Nobody who was paying attention has ever doubted that Fox is, in reality, a part of the Republican political machine; but the network — with its Orwellian slogan, “fair and balanced” — has always denied the obvious. Officially, it still does. But by hiring those G.O.P. candidates, while at the same time making million-dollar contributions to the Republican Governors Association and the rabidly anti-Obama United States Chamber of Commerce, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which owns Fox, is signaling that it no longer feels the need to make any effort to keep up appearances.

Something else has changed, too: increasingly, Fox News has gone from merely supporting Republican candidates to anointing them. Christine O’Donnell, the upset winner of the G.O.P. Senate primary in Delaware, is often described as the Tea Party candidate, but given the publicity the network gave her, she could equally well be described as the Fox News candidate...

As the Republican political analyst David Frum put it, “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox”...


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Stewart Varney, Fox business analyst does a short sting with John Gambling on WOR 710 AM on Wednesdays. A few weeks ago (three to be exact), he was on The John Gambling Show, once again, as he does every week, spewing venom at whatever plan the Obama administration tries to implement - even if it was originally proposed by the Bush administration. In this case, however, he was explaining why it is foolish to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire. I wanted to share with you what I sent to John Gambling by e-mail:

"Your guy Stewart [Varney] is dead wrong – he is just towing the Fox, anti-Obama line, just as a good little soldier should – that is, he’s obviously following orders. Giving more money to the wealthy (Rupert Murdoch), also known as the greedy, does not stimulate the economy, nor does it increase revenue to the treasury. It is middle class spending that spins the wheel. The migration of this country’s wealth upward is the main, underlying cause of our economic problems today. And the main perpetrators have been Ronald Reagan, the most overrated president in our history, and George W. Bush, possibly the worst president in our history."

Gambling did not respond.

Jeff Tone said...

Powerfully and eloquently put! Agreed on all points.