What a joke.
What a shameless peddling of blatant propaganda by a “news” organization. On the night of the Iowa Caucuses, the two candidates most hated by the Republican establishment came out on top. And Fox News pretty much declared victory for… Marco Rubio.
It was Monday night and, like many other political junkies, I was watching the results of the Iowa Caucuses as they rolled in. On the Republican side, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were in a very tight race until 99 percent of the vote was in and Ted Cruz was declared winner of the Republican Iowa Caucus.
I caught a glimpse of this on the screen at the gym while taking a break between sets of overhead presses. I then finished my workout and came back home to watch the post election analysis.
On a night like this, I try to get a variety of perspectives. I first turned to CNN. That’s right CNN. Yeah I know they have an allegedly leftward tilt in their coverage. But compared to what I saw later that evening, it was much closer to “fair an balanced” than the blatant and unabashed propaganda I saw on Fox News, which I will get to in a moment.
But first, a word about CNN’s coverage.
On CNN I saw a wide variety of Analysts representing a variety of political view points. Among them was Amanda Carpenter, who is a conservative who writes for the Conservative Review.
I haven’t been able to find footage of the actual analysis yet, but I did find this video, which is CNN’s Iowa Caucus coverage in three minutes. CNN acknowledged Cruz’s victory and Wolf Blitzer acknowledged that Cruz had done “extremely well.”
CNN’s coverage conveyed the obvious: the GOP establishment had been trounced. The two candidates most despised by the GOP establishment were the top two vote getters.
After watching CNN for a while I turned to Fox News.
On Fox News, it was like Cruz’s victory had never happened. Instead, Megyn Kelley and Krauthammer were talking about- Marco Rubio.
“What the hell?!?” I thought to myself.
You’ve heard it said that second place is just the first loser.
But Fox News wasn’t even talking about the guy who came in second place. They weren’t talking about the guy who came in first place. They were talking about who came in THIRD PLACE.
Meghan Kelley gushed that Rubio “did better than Trump with voters for whom the economy was the number one issue.”
Krauthammer praised Rubio for being “remarkabley articulate” candidate who “has a great story to tell.”
Kelly reminded the audience that Rubio did it all without a prompter. The duo went on to make comparisons between Cruz and Rubio, with Kelley raising the question of whether or not Cruz was “too conservative.” Krauthammer noted that Cruz had “a harder edge” and that in a general election he would have a harder time.
The whole exchange can be seen here.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that Fox News is in the tank for Rubio, here’s an opinion piece by Douglas E. Schoen found on the Fox News website.
The headline reads, “After Iowa, keep your eye on Marco Rubio, not Trump or Cruz.”
Forget the guys who came out on top, kids! The third place finisher is the real winner!
The article reads like propaganda, probably because it is:
Rubio has a compelling vision for the future of this nation. He is strong on national security and the most adept speaker.
He’s a fierce debater and has been the most pointed in his criticisms of Hillary Clinton.
It obviously paid off.
Pat Buchanan has described Rubio as “the establishment’s last hope” and he is right. It’s pretty obvious by now that Fox News has become an organ of that establishment, as evidenced by not only the coverage of the Iowa caucuses, but the previous debates as well.
During the first Fox News debate, anti-establishment candidate Donald Trump was a Target. When Trump wasn’t there to beat up on, Megyn Kelly and the FNC goons turned their guns on Ted Cruz, who is also despised by the RINO wing of the Republican party.
in its coverage of the battle for the GOP nomination, this network seems to be reaching for a whole new level of spin. It’s not fair and balanced. It’s not conservative. It is simply doing the bidding of the GOP power brokers.