Fox News is loud, erratic, fractious and cannot get enough of President Donald Trump.
In recent headlines, broadcast journalist Shepard Smith decided to resign from the right-leaning news channel, as stated in an article on Fox’s website. This came conveniently after Fox released a poll which showed the high volume of voters wanting Trump to be impeached and out of office. Of course, Trump had something to say about the matter on Twitter.
“I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll,” Trump tweeted on his personal account one day after the poll was released. “Whoever their Pollster is, they suck.”
This poll was not conducted by Smith, but instead by Dana Blanton, Fox News vice president of public opinion research, who uses standard practices for research, according to a Fox News methodology statement.
As described in the methodology statement, Fox bases its polls “on landline and cell phone interviews with approximately 1,000 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3% points. When necessary, minor weights are applied to age, race, education and gender variables to bring the sample into conformity with the most reliable demographic profiles. Fox News polls are not weighted by political party.”
Being just about the only news medium that Trump deems legitimate, his bashing of Fox demonstrates how partisan the news outlet is, along with how much Trump favors misinformation and bias. To give context, Fox News wrote three different stories on Aaron Carter when he appeared on Entertainment Tonight with a new face tattoo.
The only time Trump has issues with the news outlet is when it releases a poll that doesn’t show his administration in a positive light. On the contrary, the polls from Fox News are just about the only thing not dripping with conservative favoritism.
It is no secret the outlet uses its 24-hour platform as a means to spew conservative headlines that appeal specifically to the right wing. Conservative or not, Fox News demonstrates a great deal of what the political atmosphere in the United States currently looks like.
If one can suffer through the crass aggression that is a Fox News broadcast, they will hear the outrageous opinions of the right wing. Political analysts and major journalists who work for Fox throw their own opinions in the air in hopes they will stick. They frame headlines and give in to their own biases, deeming it factual or transparent when, in reality, it’s a blanketed and watered-down version of the truth.
It can be said as well that CNN covers mostly left-wing news stories, as they are on the opposite end of the spectrum. This poses issues within the industry that there is even a spectrum of focused political content when journalism should remain nonpartisan. The difference between CNN and Fox is that one fact checks its content and one makes blatantly biased statements rooted in supporting a racist president.
Although this is wrong, journalistically and morally, it does show another side of the American population. The fact is that Trump won the presidency. Who are his supporters, and why do they support him so fearlessly?
I grew up in a household with a conservative, white, rodeo contestant as a father. I know the conservative mindset, so as a recovering Republican, I know the dangerous ways headlines on Fox News shape the minds of their viewers.
This extremist way of providing news coverage to entire groups of people is exactly what reporters on Fox News say they fear the most in the Democratic Party.
While there are other news outlets that have the leftist bias Fox blusters on about, Fox is hypocritical about what it gets upset over. This is because it arguably has the most extreme cult-following news outlet of any right-leaning media platform.
It is crucial for all voters to pay attention to a variety of media outlets, even if they are not the most favorable to their views, in order to get more perspective on what is happening in the world around us. After all, as conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro would say, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”