Right wing entertainment news is making America worse

The 2016 Republican presidential candidate is Donald Trump, a racist, xenophobic, sexist billionaire with the maturity level of a child. His campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,” and his plan to do that mostly involves blaming minorities for all of America’s problems. His platform is disunity, and his rhetoric takes this philosophy to a fascist level.

Republican voters chose Donald Trump over 21 other candidates because his message of race-blaming and fear mongering resonated with them, which has made the rest of the world ask themselves, “How can so many Americans be so naive?”

To be fair, Donald Trump took conservatives by surprise. His financial success and candor were a breath of fresh air from all the corrupt insider politicians they’ve come to distrust, but the more conservatives heard him talk, the more the educated ones distanced themselves from him and his message by labeling his most fanatical followers “the alt-right.”

Wikipedia defines the “Alt-Right” as: “A segment of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism in the United States. It has been described as a movement unified by support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as well as by opposition to multiculturalism and immigration. The Alt-Right has no official ideology, although various sources have said that it is associated with white nationalism, white supremacism, antisemitism, right-wing populism, nativism, and the neoreactionary movement.”

Look, everyone is a little racist. Our brains are wired to make generalizations and fear the unknown. Growing up in an isolated town in the middle of a giant country sets you up to hold onto your in-group and distrust outsiders even more. When you hear about outsiders doing bad things but you never meet any in person, it’s easy to blow their deeds out of proportion. These factors set Americans up to think like Trump, but the people who became the Alt-Right would never have drank the Kool-Aid without coaching.

American conservatives have been indoctrinated with xenophobia by the right wing  entertainment news industry. It’s flagship is Fox News, where 47% of conservatives say they get their daily news. According to the Alexa rankings, the next most popular conservative news sources include The Independent Journal Review, Breitbart, The Blaze, and The New York Post,  The most popular hosts conservatives tune into for news are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage.

There are thousands more outlets and personalities in the industry, and every one of them use the same business model. They make their money selling merchandise, memberships and advertisements, and the way they draw viewers in, is by appealing to their basest psychological instinct: fear. They inform the viewer there’s a major threat to their safety or way of life, and then dramatically blame the problem on a group of outsiders (including white liberals). At the same time, they appeal to the viewer’s desire for confirmation bias by celebrating and promoting conservative values like “personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense.”

These “news” organizations might claim they’re just giving their customer what they want, and it’s not their responsibility to censor their content. The problem is they go out of their way to construct a specific narrative and censor out information that contradicts it.

Creating the worldview they’re selling requires them to censor, bend and cherry pick facts, which they present using subjective and manipulative language. Presenting facts in a fair and balanced manner would be anathema to their business model. But by demonizing dissenting thought, they indoctrinate viewers to believe the in-group doctrine with cultish devotion.  By branding and selling ignorance as truth, they gradually and systematically warp the perception of their viewers until the Alt-Right narrative is so familiar to them they can’t see the world through any other lens.

No country has ever been made great through indoctrinating its population with ignorance. Right wing entertainment news has eroded America’s greatness by eroding the minds of impressionable Americans, and the popularity of Donald Trump just goes to show how they’ve succeeded at grooming the minds of America. As long as they’re steering the nation, it will remain on course to electing the next Hitler and/or igniting the next civil war.

America will never be great again until our information is great again.

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2 responses to “Right wing entertainment news is making America worse

  • Kat

    I watched Fox news destroy my father’s soul with hate before he died. Disgusting faux news org. Not surprised to see that Ailes met the demise he did.

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  • Fred

    I know. I have been hopeful that with Fox News CEO Roger A. stepping down amid sexual harassment charges, they would begin to change their tone. I have seen a few signs that they are.

    A couple weeks ago, Bill O’Rielly challenged Trump. However I was still disappointed, because he could had challenge him more. Also as of last week Fox News has been disabling the comments on most of their articles of their website. I like to think the new CEO is disgusted with the level of hatred promoted in those comments.

    I despise Fox News, so why do I watch it? I watch it to see what my parents and other family members are NOT learning. It makes me very sad that they believe this non-sense and that they are missing other perspectives by refusing to watch other networks.

    I basically cannot have a relationship with my parents anymore because we have such different worldviews. Every time we try to have a conversation it goes into a sensitive area where we have very different opinions. Granted my dad has always been a little bigoted, growing up in a southern family from Alabama can do that to you, but fox news validates what he believes instead of challenging it which in turn makes him more comfortable to speak out with his ignorance and therefore offend me and others. sigh

    These “Alt Right” people all share common traits. They are afraid of change. They are afraid of what they don’t understand. They are afraid of people who don’t look like or act like them. They are also the ones so angry about Kaepernick refusing to stand for the the national anthem, but they have no idea why it bothers them so much. That is because they are sheeple blindly following the Shepard. , If you dare call one of them a sheeple, watch out. They get very defensive and even violent if anyone suggests they might just be scared of the boogeyman or sheeple.

    I believe there are two kinds of leaders in the world. The kind that caters to our fears, makes us think we need him to survive, makes us think we need him to be the eye of the storm. Then there is the kind of leader who caters to the best in each of us. He reminds us we are good people, that we all desire the same basic things. The leader who brings out the best in us and makes us feel good about ourselves rather than .angry will win every time. Unfortunately we seem to be lacking that leader at the moment in both parties.

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