Fox News is under assault — not by the left, but by far right extremists from the Tea Party — for being too liberal — and they are demanding more Benghazi coverage, and more birthers. Can you say, “Off the rails crazy?”
Tea Party members Sunday concluded their second boycott of the Rupert Murdoch mouthpiece for Republican Party talking points, and one blogger who seems to be drawing the most attention, 75-year old Stan Hjerlied, is promising the “results” soon. Another boycott leader, Kathy Amidon, posted the image above via this tweet:
— Kathy Amidon (@Kathy_Amidon) March 24, 2013
What do Hjerlied and his compatriots want?
“Among the demands the protesters have is that Fox News ‘be the right-wing CBS News: to break stories, to break information, and to do what news organizations have always done with such stories: break politicians,’ that the network have at least one segment on Benghazi every night on two of its prime-time shows; that Fox similarly devote investigative resources to discovering the truth of Obama’s birth certificate; and that the network cease striving to be ‘fair and balanced,’” David Freedlander at the Daily Beast reports:
“We need Fox to turn right,” said Hjerlied. “We think this is a coverup and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media.”
Consider that last sentence for a moment.
The Tea Party is now so far to the right they consider Fox News to be like Hitler.
“Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left,” said Stan Hjerlied, 75, of Fort Collins, Colo., and a participant in the boycott. He pointed to an interview Fox News CEO Roger Ailes gave after the election in which he said that the Republican Party and Fox News need to modernize, especially around immigration. “So we are really losing our only conservative network.”
The three-day boycott lasted Thursday morning through Sunday morning, and is the second time this group of activists have gone Fox-free in an effort to steer the coverage. Organizers say a two-day boycott earlier this month knocked 20 percent off of the network’s regular viewership. (A Daily Beast analysis of the same data showed that the boycott had little effect.)
Hjerlied said that “If I want news, I go to Breitbart News and Drudge and I can find all the news I need, very quickly,” and after the first boycott, says he may have “kicked the habit” for good.
“I used to have it on all day long, and I probably watched maybe six hours last week,” he said. “The more I looked at it, I have come to the conclusion that Fox is not as fair and balanced as I thought. They shade the truth also.”
“I have come to the conclusion that Fox is not as fair and balanced as I thought. They shade the truth also.”
Well, it’s a start?
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