Roger, over and out. Roger Ailes may not linger longer at Fox “News.” How this propaganda network will change is still to be determined but analysts say the younger generation of Murdochs are not as rabidly right-wing as Ailes or Murdoch pere. Apparently Ailes’ departure could lead to the retirement of Bill O’Reilly when his current deal is up.
The throes of change at Fox are a chimera of what’s happening in the Republican Party. Fox is in a virtual world, while Republican office holders actually go about mucking with people’s lives. Stopping women from getting abortions; refusing to let same-sex scruples marry; trying to keep dark-skinned citizens from voting; wanting to deport kids who’ve been raised and educated in America; declaring open-carry for guns so that the majority of Americans (who own no gun) must go about worried about their gunnutter neighbors armed with automatic weapons and lots of ammo.
The Fox network has been crucial in spreading the Republican message that America is in decline, that more guns mean more freedom and security, that non-white humans are a danger and are causing the decline with their evil enablers in the liberal Democratic party. So macho is Fox that most American militarty bases find it convenient to show only Fox “News” on their office TV sets. The Clintons, of course in the Fox political faith, are the spawn of some devil, Obama can’t possibly be an American Christian–look at that skin. And then there all those freedoms we’ve lost since Obama became President, and his secret plan to confiscate all the Republicans’ weapons of mass murder, all those very necessary assault rifles that make America free. All part of the fact-free faith.
How stark are the changes happening among the angry right white fringe this election season? Ailes’ career goes back to when he was a media expert on Richard Nixon’s team. His is a long record of highly sophisticated media manipulation and cynical use of public opinion by targeting “the other.” Remember Nixon’s courtship of the Neo-Confederacy? So now a whole generation of right-wing courtiers courting southern racism is passing away.
Now we have the Republicans’ official platform calling for re-regulation of the biggest banks! That sure smacks of big government if not actual soft-fingered socialistic tendencies. This is not the same Republican Party and conservative adherents that have depended on older white rural, southern and suburban voters. It is a party in crisis, searching for a way forward. Senator Cruz sets the tone, very angry and very unwilling to bend. How many Republican Parties are needed to represent the various faiths involved now? Government haters and anit-federalists, Christian America, anti-feminists, same sex love haters, abortion is murder so first let’s kill all the doctors, overseas interveners because America is always right with its might, various types of race-war promoters and neo-Nazis, rabid de-regulators, corporate capitalists who worship economic growth and just want government to do what they tell it and nothing more, the blamers–of black men shot by cops or people on welfare or people addicted to some prescription med or heroin or some kid whose parents brought him to America when he has two years old, and even the isolationists who can’t like the interveners. Naturally the libertarians who prize individual freedom and the Christian crusaders who want all regs to match their own version of the scriptures can’t really even understand one another…oh, it is all so garbled and mad and maddening. No wonder so many nominal Republicans want violent action and radical change. Just do something already, we don’t care what the consequences are. These are people who know nothing of the history of revolutions, including recent ones in the Mideast, do not know that most radical changes end up being bad news for a lot of people. Once set in motion revolutions most often spin out of control. The United States’ own revolution was a marvelous exception because it was so closely managed by a brilliant and small elite of smart white men when they could easily control most power in an isolated region. That world is dead. The recent histories of the 2008 Recession, Brexit, Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Myanmar, Columbia, El Salvador, Venezuela, ebola, zika, climate change and regional drought, continued rampant population growth in poor nations–these are the stories that pertain in today’s world. You bury your head in the sand today and some unregulated triple-trailer truck will run you over on the way to the next profitable cargo stop.
We now see a Republican Party that cannot deal with globalization, the Internet, the young adults moving back from suburbs to central cities, the widespread recognition that we humans are destroying the planet’s livability. How far away from its Eisenhower/Nixon roots this party has gone? Well, don’t you dare mention that the stock market has been setting records in recent weeks. Even the anti-government types now have to admit that Reaganomics don’t work and nothing trickles down, it all floats to the top. It’s the shit floats law of capitalism. That reminds me, Ailes will leave Fox a very wealthy old man.
What will happen after the election, how Fox changes, how the angry Trumpsters react with their fury and guns when they are denied the revenge they demand–these are all interesting and troubling questions to be answered after the November election.