Friday, February 17, 2023

Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity are not committed to telling you the truth.

From National Review's, Morning Jolt newsletter, Feb 17, 2023- When you read text messages from Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity acknowledging that Joe Biden won the presidential election in 2020 and declaring the claims that Trump had his victory stolen “mind-blowingly nuts,” “totally off the rails,” and “completely bs” — and then saying the opposite on air — you should feel very betrayed if you believed them. They are not committed to telling you the truth. They are committed to telling you what you want to hear, what will rile you up, and what will get you to keep watching.

Rod's Commet: I stopped watching Fox News about 18 to 24 months ago.  My watching had dwindled long before that. It happened slowly; my watching dwindled then I found I was not watching at all. I found the channel had less and less news and was mostly analysis and opinion. Most of the analysis seemed weak and shallow and the opinion seemed to be designed to just keep people riled up. I no longer enjoyed it and then, I just could not stomach most of it anymore.

At one time, I watched a lot of Fox. I enjoyed a conservative perspective that was missing or only got a token recognition in mainstream news outlets.  Fox at that time had serious analysis and had some news personalities such as Charles Krauthammer and Jonah Goldberg that I admired. Fox had real newsmen that I liked, people like Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, Shep Smith, and others. 

Over time, Fox seemed to change. Much like the left-wing MSNBC, Fox seemed no longer designed to inform but to misinform, rally the base, reinforce people's political prejudice and keep people outraged. Over time also, Fox really seemed to dumb down and had fewer people of intellectual curiosity and analytical ability and more people who seemed like the opinionated person you might meet in a bar.   

Since Tucker Carlson is the most watched news commentator in America, I sample Carlson about an hour or two a week on YouTube. What I get from Carlson is insulting shallow conspiracy theories and efforts to undermine trust in the medical community's response to Covid, and to undermine America's support for the Ukraine. I don't know how much of his own stuff he actually believes, but I don't think he is committed to telling you the truth. 

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