Fox News is selling its viewers on a fantasy

Neither Stormy Daniels nor any of her colleagues in the sex industry can compare to Tucker Carlson and the Merry Band of Dissemblers at Fox News when it comes to prostitution. Sex workers don’t have to get on national TV and declare their love and admiration for their “Dons.”

But that is the essential element of Carlson’s and others’ “product.” They have sold their credibility, their integrity, and their self-respect to a person they know very well neither has nor deserves any of those things. They have chosen to publicly back a person they privately believe to be a contemptible fraud and a genuine danger to America. For the sake of the almighty dollar they interview obvious charlatans and endow them with the credibility of a national “news” company. Have they no decency? (The envelope, please.) And the answer is: “Obviously not.”

So, why does anyone watch them? It is a testament to the power of the media and the comfort of delusion. The channel feeds its viewers a constant stream of pleasant fantasy in which a beneficent “strong man” magically creates what they see as a Norman Rockwell-like world in which there is no climate crisis; racism and sexism are OK; everyone is Christian; and Father knows best. Every remaining problem is directly caused by Democrats and “the Biden crime family.” The solution is obvious. Their world view is simple and comforting, but untrue and dangerous.

A little poem says it all: Rupert Murdoch and his boy Tucker see their viewers as Fox suckers.

Ken Dammand


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, June 7

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Lummi Tribal members Ellie Kinley, left, and Raynell Morris, president and vice president of the non-profit Sacred Lands Conservancy known as Sacred Sea, lead a prayer for the repatriation of southern resident orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut — who has lived and performed at the Miami Seaquarium for over 50 years — to her home waters of the Salish Sea at a gathering Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the sacred site of Cherry Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

The Bellingham Herald
Editorial: What it will require to bring Tokitae home

Bringing home the last captive orca requires expanded efforts to restore the killer whales’ habitat.

A map of the I-5/SR 529 Interchange project on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Set your muscle memory for work zone speed cameras

Starting next summer, not slowing down in highway work zones can result in a $500 fine.

File - A teenager holds her phone as she sits for a portrait near her home in Illinois, on Friday, March 24, 2023. The U.S. Surgeon General is warning there is not enough evidence to show that social media is safe for young people — and is calling on tech companies, parents and caregivers to take "immediate action to protect kids now." (AP Photo Erin Hooley, File)
Editorial: Warning label on social media not enough for kids

The U.S. surgeon general has outlined tasks for parents, officials and social media companies.

Burke: We’re not ready for the Big One, but we must prepare

The biggest shock won’t be the quake but the realization that help will take longer to reach us than we thought.

What levy lid lift for Fire District 4 will fund

Snohomish County Fire District 4 firefighters want to thank the district’s Board… Continue reading

Where is man’s say in abortion decision?

George Will in a recent column in The Herald seeks to find… Continue reading

Comment: Insurance providers lead climate change’s ‘managed retreat’

State Farm won’t write new fire insurance policies in California. Forcing it to do so ignores the inevitable.

Comment: Christie can’t win; but he could block Trump’s path

If he wants to take down Trump, he should consider the successes and failures or other ‘protest’ candidates.

Most Read