Fox News And A Silkwood Shower: An Ugly Face of Racism

29 Aug

FauxI was visiting a dear friend in the hospital yesterday and because it was a shared room, I was exposed to hearing Fox News blaring from the television behind the curtain next to me. After four hours of exposure, I was certain that not even a Silkwood Shower could wash that toxic slime from my pores, for Fox (Faux) News is just a dirt that won’t wash clean.

For almost a solid four hours I had to listen to what is tantamount to White Supremacist propaganda — a bunch of white people foaming at the mouth and spewing venomous lies about racism.  I’m sorry Fox (Faux) News, but you don’t get to tell us that racism no longer exists.  Your vilification of the late Michael Brown is more than just shameful, it is nothing less than unconscionable. Upon publishing Ferguson and the War on Human Rights, I was exceedingly sad to see the number of search engine terms for “Darren Wilson hero.” It weighed heavy on my heart that a human being would even search for those words together.  I will not vilify Mr. Wilson, but I do hope we have some candid conversations about race and racial equity.

The brainwashing machine that is Faux News would have us believe that we live in a post racist society and that those terrible awful liberal Democrats (two words used by the Fox network in every complete sentence) are forcing white people to think about race.  I was horrified that they are allowed to tell outright lies and mortified that the manure they are spreading only contributes to increased racism. Their violent, baseless rhetoric supports and tacitly encourages the targeting of other groups that do not identify as white, heterosexual, or Christian — the moniker of “Christian” is a tricky one because there are many progressive and critical thinking Christians who are in diametric opposition to the Tea Party flavor of “Christian”.  Of course when I reflect upon the many intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, it is no wonder that the homophobic and racist Elizabeth Hasselbeck joined the team at Fox.

Sadly, this is the only source of information some people allow themselves.  We are losing the art of journalism and the implications are far reaching. If Fox persists and is the only source one allows, then one starts to believe the lies and propaganda, which means one is then colluding with racism, homophobia, misogyny, and all the other ways in which we target our other human beings. Faux News is worse than misinformation — it’s inhuman.

8 Responses to “Fox News And A Silkwood Shower: An Ugly Face of Racism”

  1. mandy August 29, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    I haven’t heard Fox News, probably since the last election, but hearing about your unfortunate “overhearing” I see nothing has changed. At all. Listening is like being on another planet. Like you say, this is the only new source for many people, and that is terrifying.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 29, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      Mandy, yes. It is terrifying because there becomes a type of mantra that a certain population of Fox followers adopt. Right now that mantra is very heavy with racism, homophobia, and misogyny.

  2. Nancy August 29, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Even worse, there are some places where the only “news” channel available to people is Fox. I was working in Eastern Oregon 6 years ago during a week when there was a presidential debate between Obama and McCain; the ONLY channel I could get reception on was Fox News. Needless to say, I turned it off almost immediately after commentary started as I couldn’t “stomach” it. At the time though, it made me understand why many in America think and act the way they do – their only news source is Fox News (“Garbage in, garbage out”)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 29, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Nancy, thank you for reblogging this story. You make a great point about what is accessible to many people. Sadly, we eliminate choices for people and we see the awful consequences. Peace, Michael.

  3. Xena August 29, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Since 2008, I only watched Faux News once, which is when George Zimmerman was on Sean Hannity’s program. Before that, I didn’t know what Hannity looked like. So sorry to know that it wasn’t your choice to hear that filth.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 30, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Xena, thank you for commenting here. I do feel bad for people who live in areas where Fox is the only option, which speaks to issues around equity and access.

  4. carolahand September 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you for a thoughtful post. It is alarming that people actually listen to this drivel, but I guess it’s a sign of desperate times. If people who are struggling to stay above water can blame and hate others who just slightly lower on the hierarchy for their troubles, they are less likely to see the true reasons for their situation.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 2, 2014 at 6:49 am #

      Carol, thank you for your comment here. Yes, it is sad and bizarre how some people will do anything to protect and support those who enjoy more power and privilege and abuse that power privilege.

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