Every day Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others place themselves in front of the Fox News cameras and proverbially spew absurd and outrageous vile designed to stoke rage and anger of loyal Fox viewers and the expense of meaningful and relevant discussions.
Now you TOO can learn to identify when bile masquerades as real news.
Let’s take a look at this episode of “The Angle: In Bloomberg’s China Cabinet”
Step 1: Set the stage – Promote the worst things about Trump in order to make Bloomberg look bad:
“They” – play to the amygdala .. fabricate an enemy to instigate fight or flight;
“Trump is a proud nationalist, Bloomberg is a citizen of the world” – play to xenophobia;
“He’s a globalist from Manhattan who isn’t phased by mass abortions but agonizes over the climate.” – Play to the socialist threat: Socialists won’t save babies but will destroy your livelihood to save a bird species.
Step 2: Sarcasm, sarcasm, and more sarcasm – You can never use enough sarcasm.
Use sarcasm to play to common themes: “It’s not just that he is bad on guns, bad on immigration, terrible on healthcare and our food choices.”
Step 3: Make your point when you don’t have a point to make.
“He’s not a dictator?” No .. he’s a party chairman .. China’s is a totalitarian regime, not an authoritarian regime;
“The idea that the Chinese government is responsive to a Democratic expression of its people …” Who said anything about a “Democratic” expression? History is full of all sorts of governments, not just Democracies, bowing to the will of the people.
“That, in it of itself, should tell us all he should never be president.” Huh??
Step 4: The all or nothing: Use the classic Karl Rove strategy of criticizing your opponent for something you are doing.
No one supports the China crackdowns. But Ingraham is applying what is actually a criticism of Trump – a classic Karl Rove strategy .. who in turn inspired by Roy Cohn.
Step 5: Rinse and repeat:
Repeat the same innuendo, name calling, allegation, over and over with different people (Newt Gingrich, Fox and Friends, .. ) not to help prove your point but simply to dominate the conversation.
But Fox News pundits don’t get rich making valid, meaningful arguments. They get rich off of stoking anger and rage with innuendo and distortions, then calling it news. This is why what they produce is nothing but bile. And those who lick up this bile are nothing short of gross.