That’s what Cynthia Boaz asks in an opinion piece about how Fox News uses several propaganda techniques to get its message across. I wonder if watchers are aware that any of these are being employed or whether they just see this what good news coverage is supposed to be. Styles of news reporting change over the decades. Maybe this is where we’re at for a generation or two of news consumers.
Panic mongering, character assassination, confusion, rewriting history, etc. Here’s one of Boaz’s examples that’s bothering to me:
12. Disparaging Education. There is an emerging and disturbing lack of reverence for education and intellectualism in many mainstream media discourses. In fact, in some circles (e.g. Fox), higher education is often disparaged as elitist. Having a university credential is perceived by these folks as not a sign of credibility, but of a lack of it. In fact, among some commentators, evidence of intellectual prowess is treated snidely and as anti-American. The disdain for education and other evidence of being trained in critical thinking are direct threats to a hive-mind mentality, which is why they are so viscerally demeaned.