Where FOX News Came From …
We don’t watch FOX News … but then again we don’t watch CNN, MSNBC or any other television station whose programming consists of non-stop blathering from people whose opinions we could care less about.
That’s why it doesn’t particularly concern us that the idea for FOX News appears to have originated in a memo prepared during the administration of Richard Nixon.
Wait … what?
Yup. According to an exclusive report by Gawker, the forerunner of FOX News was conceived in a memo entitled “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News.” The memo was prepared for Nixon strategist (and future FOX News founder) Roger Ailes in 1970 – a year before Ailes was canned by Nixon for making disparaging comments about the president.
According to the memo, Americans were “lazy” and needed their thinking done for them (hard to argue that point). As a result, television was becoming increasingly influential in dictating political narratives to the population.
The only problem? Those narratives were (and for the most part still are) hopelessly liberal.
“A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV” was an effort to counter the “prejudices of network news” and deliver “pro-administration” content directly to local news stations.
While we’re sure this revelation is going to get the panties of many in the professional left in a major wad, we view it as a non-story.
Why? Because despite criticisms from whiny politicians and frustrated political operatives, the internet is steadily obliterating the bias of the legacy media (conservative or liberal) by pumping a steady stream of dollars and cents-based facts into the marketplace of ideas.
Sure, it’s spitting out a ton of opinion, too, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, opinions grounded in fact and logic are the ones that gain acceptance in the marketplace, which is as it should be (as opposed to a trio of national networks holding the country’s political narrative hostage).
Thanks to this evolution, symbolism, rhetoric and spin (i.e. the bread and butter of the mainstream press) are becoming decreasingly relevant. It’s not about what politicians say anymore, it’s all about the numbers …