Fox News is into its second decade of ratings leading lies, deception and innuendo, and still going strong.
Yeah, I know, those who watch Fox are not exactly rocket scientists, right?
Well, not exactly. My father actually is a rocket scientist of sorts, a nuclear physicist to be precise, albeit an old, retired one. And he’s bamboozled by Fox just like other conservatives.
My conversation with him yesterday was an eye opener, although maybe it would not have been if I actually watched Fox on occasion. I don’t. Dad had seen a clip where Judge Napolitano “explained” how everyone had it all wrong about the new Indiana law Mike Pence was in such hot water over. The law likely would be interpreted by the courts in the long run in a way we could not now predict, so, if I understood my father’s summary correctly, the intent of Pence and his buds in the Indiana legislature should be a non-issue.
I tried to explain to dad that it was the political / moral aspects of the Indiana law that people were questioning, and Fox had succeeded in distracting him into the weeds of Napolitano’s legal analysis.
He wouldn’t buy it. He had accepted Napolitano’s legal analysis, which may have been correct for all I know, and then made the illogical leap (but one intended by the Fox production team) that everyone else speaking out on the Indiana law was wrong.
Consider this example: You witness a man carrying a baseball bat bludgeon another man who had been lying on the grass in front of his home, then empty his handgun into the man, then walk away smiling, telling you that he didn’t know the guy, he just didn’t care much for [the N word]. The incident comes up in conversation at lunch a few days later. Your lunch partner informs you that the victim had suffered a fatal heart attack and was already dead when the assailant arrived on the scene. He then goes on and on explaining to you how the person you’re referring to as a violent, racist thug did not commit murder.
And you’re thinking: “So what? He’s still a violent, racist thug.”
Apparently, that’s not the way the conservative mind works.
It’s the old bright shiny object. And even a conservative rocket scientist can be hypnotized.