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Thursday, July 06, 2017

How precious. NYT thinks Fox News can remove Trump

The New York Times has figured out how to rid the world of its nemesis:
Want to Get Rid of Trump? Only Fox News Can Do It

Poland today, not D.C.


A column by Robert Leonard, news director of the radio stations KNIA/KRLS in Knoxville, Iowa, informed Times readers that the key to Trump is Fox News.

Fox News is always on the TV in diners and other restaurants. In bars, if there isn’t a game on, Fox News is there. If there are a couple of televisions or more, one will most likely be tuned to Fox. And it’s not only TV. It’s radio. Our big “blow torch” conservative radio station out of Des Moines blasts conservative indignation and self-righteousness for hours a day and serves up Sean Hannity for hours every night.
I once grumbled to a friend that I didn’t think Fox was “Fair and Balanced” at all. He started to argue with me, then thought better of it, saying, “But at least they try — no one else does.”
To me, only that network has the power to convince conservatives that, if one or more of the investigations raises the question of impeachment, it’s in the best interest of the party and the conservative agenda to dump Mr. Trump.
Mr. Hannity and other Fox hosts could provide cover for congressional Republicans to consider impeachment. If you believe that impeachment is a political and not a legal question, they need that cover. Right now, Mr. Hannity might have more power over an impeachment process than Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell.
Impeach him for what?

Using the IRS to hassle political opponents?

Threatening reporters with jail?

Tapping AP's telephones?

Giving guns fast and furious to Mexican drug lords?

Sending pallets of $100 bills to Iran in the middle of the night?

Using the National Security Agency to spy on Trump's campaign?

Obama survived all those scandals and more. Fox News and a few others reported vigorously on those scandals to no avail.

Trump supporters know this, and will hold their champion to the same low standard the media by and large held its champion, Barack Obama.

The idea that Fox News has the power to sway Trump supporters is absurdity to the CNN-degree.

Even Fox News agrees.

First, Leonard vastly overestimates the power of any news outlet against the presidential megaphone. Barack Obama complained about Fox all the time, but that never stopped him from being elected and reelected.
Second, the news director seems to think that Fox operates under daily marching orders. There are certainly voices at this network sympathetic to Trump, from Sean Hannity to “Fox & Friends.” But the straight news broadcasts are a different story. And some of Fox’s most prominent conservative commentators — Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayes, Karl Rove, Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg — opposed him during the campaign and remain largely critical.
Yes, many people who support Trump watch Fox News, but unlike the drones who watch CNN or read the Times, Fox News viewers remain skeptical.

They did not take the advice of Fox News in the primaries. Why would they take it now? As for Hannity, if he turns on Trump, well, the line forms over there on the left, right behind Psycho Joe and Mika.

It is long.

It leads to oblivion.




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9 comments:

  1. "And some of Fox’s most prominent Never-Trump commentators — Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayes, Karl Rove, Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg — opposed him during the campaign and remain largely critical."
    FIFY, Howard!!
    -Fred

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  2. They are not taking the advice of the pundits, commentators, operatives, consultants, and other professional opinionists. Instead, they are forming their own opinions and acting on them which must frustrate and scare these people.

    -Mikey NTH

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  3. Robert Leonard must not read the Times or he would have found out that we vulgarians do not “admire” elites who are “educated” and care about things like “culture” and the “cultivation of the human soul.”

    At least that how Bret Stephens, a “never-Trump” NYT columnist, sees it. We're basically not worth it.

    Fox agrees and wants no part of the offer.

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  4. I don't watch Fox, but the airports I've been in all have CNN on. We can make up our own minds, no matter who's reading the "news" and opining on it.

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  5. Leonards needs to buy a few vowels.

    Large numbers of Trump supporters could not care less about the "Republican party." They voted for GOP nominees mainly so that the Democrats could not block their President's agenda.

    Ryan, McConnell, and Associates want to keep their majorities; voting to impeachment Trump would not only be the kiss of death to that hope, but also to many Republicans' political careers. Would they do it? Who knows? After all, it is known as "the stupid party."

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    1. You've hit an important point -- many of us vote Republican to keep Dems out of office. Not that we love the Rs, but we are wary of what the Ds might do (or block).
      And yes, the Rs do, regularly, present themselves as the "stupid party."

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  6. That photo ... now there's a new reality show.

    Hot Conservative Polish Chick teaches Masterclass for Lonely Leftist Losers.

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  7. "Fox News is always on the TV in diners and other restaurants. In bars, if there isn’t a game on, Fox News is there."

    How's that for a sneer?

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  8. I don't watch Fox, or any of the legacy media. Cut the cable long ago, and I wonder why anyone still watches any of it anymore.

    We have blogs; citizen news-reporters, who have their own channels on YouTube & Vimeo & many others; actual people on the spot who report what they are seeing, who show it to their audience via cell-phone; pundits with podcasts; the list is endless.

    Why does anyone allow the media to slant & filter the news they consume? Baby birds are fed by mama bird "pre-digesting" their food- but why would humans want their "news" pre-digested? Really, it's disgusting!

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