I bring you this report after having ventured into Bill O'Reilly's "No-Spin Zone," and believe me, his initial shout-out urging viewers to exercise "caution" before watching is fully, if unintentionally, appropriate. Apparently in Fox World, "no-spin" means "I am now going to share my news-based fantasies."
The Wednesday broadcast featured Dick Morris, Karl Rove and Dennis Miller, an a-cappella chorus humming O'Reilly's favorite tunes: that the mainstream media is rooting for Obama; that the polls consistently misrepresent a race that is still a dead heat; that Romney will re-emerge from this autumnal swoon by winning the October 3 debate through his superior if often-invisible oratorical skills; that Romney is in decline simply because voters don't yet understand the necessity of top-end tax cuts, the sanctity of corporate profits and the horror of social welfare spending run amok.
Across its programs, the Fox News mantra is "there's still plenty of time." That's a truism, but chanting the obvious is not among the standard definitions of journalism. Institutionally, Fox is in denial about the state of the campaign. Romney is looking very weak very early. The attempt to avoid reporting this state of play in a "fair and balanced" way is producing comical results.
Stylistically, the O'Reilly quartet may be on to something new. We've had mainstream journalism, alternative journalism, conservative journalism. This appears to be vaudeville journalism. Wednesday, the verisimilitude of the performance was maintained by the illusion that of the four, only Miller is a stand-up comic.
You know I posted earlier about concerns that the Romney defeat might signal the end of the Republican party as we know it. (Fingers crossed kids!)
But now I am beginning to wonder what might happen to Fox News once the Romney campaign explodes into an all consuming fireball, singeing the overly tweezed eyebrows of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, while also burning the blonde right out of Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly's hair?
I mean the Republican's own personal propaganda machine is going to look pretty lame after this election, especially if they continue denying reality until the bitter end.
Is it possible that after this shellacking they might have a change of heart and decide that it is time to join the REAL journalists, and report actual facts and news?
Why would they? Not when they have four more years to hate on Obama, and gear up their sexist comments and anti-Hillary rhetoric in preparation for 2016! Hell no!
No in order for Fox News to change, this election would have to affect their ability to make money. After all profit is their motivation, NOT journalism.
However with their demographic (Older, white, really stupid people) starting to die off, they may soon start to experience a serious dip in viewership, and a loss of advertising dollars. So I guess we might actually see a day when Fox News goes the way of the Dodo Bird.
Unless of course it evolves.
What am I saying? In order to evolve they would have to accept the findings of scientific research. And as we know, Fox News does NOT understand science.