While Fox News has long been known as a fearmongering outlet good for little more than pumping out right-wing talking points, it wasn’t until Donald Trump assumed the presidency that it made its final lycanthropic transformation into an obscene apparatus of the Republican state, more akin to Putin’s RT than any of the competing American news networks.
Today, a Fox host finally admitted what critics have been pointing out for the past few years. Juan Williams, one of the hosts of Fox’s popular The Five program sat for an interview with Hill.TV, during which he was asked about the fact that the line between Fox News and the Trump administration “blurry.”
“Blurry? I think they’re joined at…” Williams began.
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“Joined at the hip,” host Krystal Ball jumped in, finishing his thought.
Williams agreed that Fox pushes a lot of the same talking points that come out of the Trump White House. He conceded that people working at the conservative network can often lose sight of the larger conversation and the feelings on the other side of the aisle because they’re in their own little right-wing “bubble.”
It’s surprising that someone whose paycheck is signed by Fox would be willing to admit how far the network has fallen, but it’s perhaps a sign that things are finally starting to reach critical mass. Anyone employed at the conservative outlet at this point has to know they’re no longer doing real journalism, and are little more than glorified canvassers for the Trump reelection campaign.
For now, Williams is able to voice his opinions even if they don’t line up with those of Fox’s audience. That said, if the network’s ignominious descent into race-baiting, reactionary misinformation continues at its current rate, it’s hard to imagine that any dissenting voices will be allowed to remain.
Americans need to tune out Fox News until it corrects itself and starts covering news instead of pushing propaganda.