I was shopping at Costco yesterday. While checking out, I looked over towards the check stand to my left and saw something which initially made me laugh. As I was leaving, I thought about what had amused me and became troubled. What I saw was more of the “Trump Effect,” and a joint effort by the Trump Party and Fox News to destroy democracy in America and create a fascist state ruled by old, white men who exist in an atmosphere of baseless anger, hatred, and violence. What I saw was a middle-aged man wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt proclaiming, “Tucker Carlson ’24.”
In 1996, Fox News began broadcasting, boldly lying to its viewers, telling them “what they wanted to hear,” and offering endless conspiracy theories. During that first year, I tuned into “The O’Reilly Factor.” My first impression was, “this is not news.” Bill O’Reilly was preaching to his audience in a raised voice. When his “guest” attempted to offer an opposing opinion to the discussion, O’Reilly rudely talked over him loudly, refusing to protect his right to free speech. He was extremely unprofessional and biased.
It was evident that this was a new tactic by right-wing extremists. A ‘propaganda machine’ had been created to help right-wing politicians win elections in violation of the “fairness” policies established by the FCC. So, why has their license not been revoked? Think about it.
Over the next 24 years, the situation on Fox became far worse. After the departures of O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly, the fake news network filled their slots and other broadcasts with more polished liars whose purpose was obvious; to divide the nation’s people. Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro continue to scream falsehoods into the cameras. Sean Hannity moved into the primetime evening slot and will forever be known as the little man who kissed Trump’s humongous derriere the longest and the hardest.
However, Fox’s most recent addition is Tucker Carlson. From day one, it was apparent Carlson had one goal. He planned to increase his advertising revenue and secure the number one spot on Fox’s evening broadcast. His lies became more egregious in an attempt to appeal to Trump’s people, who are composed of white supremacists, bigots, and others who would end the rights of millions of diverse Americans.
Recently, Carlson e-mailed Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). His words are a violation of federal law. Stilwell has courageously engaged in criticism of the right-wing and Fox News for their hypocrisy and lack of concern for the nation’s people. He received a voicemail from Carlson “filled with hate, invective racism, homophobia, and wishes for his torture and death.”
This is your Republican In Name Only (RINO) Party. They lack the intelligence or facts to enter into debate, and like their Fuhrer, continue to attack and threaten their adversaries. In the battle for doing the right thing for all Americans, they are unarmed because they do not care.
Trump ruled over his minions by instigating emotions of anger and hatred while inciting violent action on his behalf. His party “drank the Kool-Aid” and adopted his anti-American philosophy to destroy democracy in America forever.
Carlson is a symptom of what is wrong with the nation today. Fifty years ago, our country would have united against a tyrant like Trump. Today he has millions of supporters. I sincerely doubt that the United States will exist in 20 years. With the aid of Putin and Fox News, Trump succeeded in doing irreparable harm by dividing the nation for his supporters to remain alive to defile our Constitution and, therefore, our freedoms and rights.
Trump used social media and propaganda machines, including Fox News and Newsmax, to con tens of millions of uninformed and like-minded white supremacists. At the core of our nation’s problems is racism; it always has been. This is why we have never been a ‘great nation.’ We are a nation of bigots. There are far too many of them, and I am ashamed to be called an American if this includes Trump’s disgusting supporters.
Op-ed by James Turnage
NPR: You Literally Can’t Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox’s Lawyers; by David Folkenflik
Daily KOS: What do Tucker Carlson’s fans sound like? Rep. Swalwell releases voicemail threats to show us; Walter Einenkel
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