Friday, March 30, 2018

Corporations Need To Force Fox News To Be More Responsible

At some point, Laura Ingraham must've decided that Ann Coulter's act was getting old and it was time for a new right-wing, repugnant blond she-devil. Fox News agreed, hiring Ingraham to host her own prime-time show. Along with Sean Hannity, she has been one of Trump's biggest cheerleaders.

But like Hannity when he went too far with Roy Moore, Ingraham has had to eat crow for going too far with criticism of Parkland survivor David Hogg. And why did she apologize? Because she actually realized how wrong she was? Hah! As with Hannity, it was due to corporate advertisers boycotting her show, i.e. it was due to $$$.

There's no changing the likes of Ingraham and Hannity. They're craven dim-bulbs that make a very nice living by being provocative and outlandish, speaking hate and vitriol, fabricating lies and fake news, anything to get their lemming viewers riled up and pissed off.

But what cuts all the crap is $$$. Threaten to take away dollars, and suddenly Laura and Sean (via Fox News directive) get responsible and attempt to retract whatever garbage they spewed.

This should become a trend. Corporations should increasingly use their tremendous ad $$$ leverage to make Fox News act responsibly. It's sad but it seems to be the only thing that works with Trump TV. Perhaps the constant threat of advertisement boycotts could force Fox News to change its ways, to lessen the misrepresentations, distortions and outright lies, and actually broadcast fact-based news.

David Hogg obviously understands this power structure and immediately called on people to pressure corporations to pull ads. It worked. He didn't waste time with what Laura likely wanted, to get into an infantile back/forth tweet war of insults and barbs. Instead, Hogg outsmarted her (even with his meager 4.1 GPA).

This won't be the last time Ingraham, or Hannity, or Tucker Carlson go too far with their ignorant tweets or comments. And we just need to remember what young David Hogg did.

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