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I know, I know, pretty much every other diary here is essentially making this point, but I feel like this is my Jump The Shark moment with Fox News.

To refresh, I'm referring to the already discussed quite a few times quote by Megyn Kelly about Santa and Jesus.

And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact—as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that.
I know I am not the only one who has felt this way about Fox News and written about it here, but as best I can describe it, this is why I feel like this is different from, shall we say, business-as-usual at Fox News.

Usually, Fox News will go to great lengths to clothe the emperor, in plausibility, provocative suggestion, ambiguity, and façades. And to most of us who know pretty basic critical analysis, Fox News's deceit is clear as day. However, to the average Fox News viewer, their news coverage is indistinguishable from more reputable organizations.

However, what Megyn Kelly did here is, even for who I imagine are the most ideologically-pure viewers, basically drop all the veils behind which Fox News cowers. She's not saying, "Santa and Jesus is white." What she's really saying is, "We'll tell you whatever it is you want to hear."

If you want Santa and Jesus to be purple, then we'll tell you he's purple. We'll find people with fancy credentials that say he's purple, we'll show you some polls that say people think Santa and Jesus are purple, we'll photoshop as many purple Santas and Jesii as we can, and why not, we'll even blame it on Obama.

Except this time, they didn't do any of that. It was just Megyn Kelly blurting out some empty platitudes. Even for Fox News, that's pretty careless.

Fox News is no longer about just advancing a far-right agenda, though that is still part of it.
And they are not just about maintaining their ratings and viewers, though that is also part of it. Maybe that is what they used to be about, but Megyn Kelly let slip what it has now become about. What Fox News is now doing comes at the expense of drawing in viewers, especially the fresh young impressionable viewers whom they want to indoctrinate with their agenda.

Fox News is here to tell you what, Fox News viewers, what you want to hear. What we think you want to hear. We know you're mostly old. That's all we have left. So you are not as receptive to differing viewpoints, things you didn't grow up with, and well, receptive of anything other than what you want to hear.

But, even if you are a Fox News viewer, you still don't like knowing you've been lied to. Most of you still want to believe you are receiving news from an apolitical, trustworthy news source. So we have to keep the appearances up. We're lying to you, but we're doing our damnedest to hide it. Ignorance is bliss, right?

But see, Megyn Kelly blew it. She let the façade slip, even for just a moment. Because even if you are the kind of person who believes Santa Claus is white, Jesus is white, even if you want people to tell you that they are white, you want to  hear it coming from someone authoritative on the matter, who has done research or studies or consulted experts or the Bible or something. You don't want the spokesperson you've been listening to for so long that the only reason she's telling you what you want to hear is simply that.

So, Fox News, you may still be far-right and deceitful, but only the shallowest and bitterest and intractable will live with this for very long.

You've finally jumped the shark.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:03:37 PM PST

  •  Sorry, Virginia... there's always a bigger shark. (9+ / 0-)

    until one of their bobbleheads explodes live on TV... they're not done by a long shot....; )


    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:13:38 PM PST

  •  "News" is now a consumer product (5+ / 0-)

    Fox "News" is the #1 cable news channel because they are in the business of offering what certain people want to hear is the "news."  To a certain extent, MSNBC and CNN are doing something similar.  In today's multi-channel mass media/internet, we can "dial in" exactly the style and viewpoint of "news" source that we want to hear from, and get something that almost never takes us out of our comfort zone.

    •  News is ONCE AGAIN a Consumer Product. (2+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, schumann

      It has been this for our entire history because the free press concept doesn't work, is probably the greatest blunder in the history of democracy system design, and will likely be the biggest factor in destroying the American Experiment.

      But like so many other things about our country that only actually worked once, the significantly restrained press of teh New Deal to Great Society period prevented news from being a consumer product and accordingly gave us our only period of generally journalistic press we ever had.

      The 2 biggest factors were severe ownership consolidation preventions, and the licensing requirement for broadcast to demonstrate significant public service programming, which almost every outlet did by setting up a news department and proving that it (unlike their entertainment programming) was strictly isolated from the sales department.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:40:01 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  What I absolutely don't understand (4+ / 0-)

      about the fact that "Fox "News" is the #1 cable news channel is how many viewers it takes to make them that. Here's the number:

      Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday,  December 12, 2013

      Total Day = 1,248,000.

      Just 1.2 million people watch Fox News. That's not a big number. There are over 314 million people in this country.

      In the 2012 Presidential election, 122 million people voted. President Obama won by over 3 million votes.

      How is that Fox News is so powerful given that only 1.2 million people watch that channel and the median age of a Fox News viewer is over 65?

      “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

      by hungrycoyote on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:53:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Merry Whiteness. (3+ / 0-)
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    ZappoDave, jayden, sunbro

    Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

    by 88kathy on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:17:37 PM PST

  •  They jumped the Megalodon about 10 years ago (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, wilderness voice

    Using a boost from Sharknado. Are you actually saying they had ANY credibility left to lose?

    "I could never eat as much as I want to vomit." - Jesus

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:18:10 PM PST

    •  Well, with the majority of their actualviewers (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      For me, I believe Fox News's Jump the Shark moment is the moment when Fox News becomes too Fox Newsy even for the majority of its remaining viewers.

      Maybe that moment will never come...but I like to have hope for the human race!

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:24:12 PM PST

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  •  Even funnier was Foxette #2 stating in a most (14+ / 0-)

    determined manner that one simply "cannot take facts and try to change them to fit some sort of a political agenda."

    Not kidding.  Those words were actually spoken by a Fox News person.

    Darwin doesn't care if you thought it was unloaded.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:21:21 PM PST

  •  that's not jumping the shark (2+ / 0-)
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    schumann, Rosalie907

    that's sleeping with the fishes

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:11:13 PM PST

  •  I see your point, but I can say from (6+ / 0-)

    personal experience that the people who are still watching Fox "News" were not at all fazed. Seriously, the folks who had not already come to the conclusion that Fox was over-the-top, aren't going to come to that conclusion any time soon. Unless Sean Hannity gets on the air one night after having some kind of mini-stroke and starts talking about how, really, single payer is not such a bad idea after all...

    Then the remaining devout Fox viewers are not going to bat an eye.

    I wish I couldn't attest to this, but I live in AL and was brought up in a den of Republicans (fanatical ones). I read a diary about the Kelly nonsense to my father, and he started yelling about how Santa was of German descent or some such bullshit, so she was obviously right. My mother agreed but said she wasn't going to "get worked up" over all of it.

    I had a real argument with my parents about Santa's cultural origins and, yes, HIS religious background.


    Point being... no one who still thought FN was credible has changed their minds. At least no long-term, "serious" viewer. Fox shot the shark with an automatic weapon several years ago and kept right on moving. Their viewers didn't seem to notice.

    But I understand where you're coming from. Unfortunately, you are working off the assumption that there is still some small, buried logical core somewhere within these misguided people.

    There's not. :)

    Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative. - William S. Burroughs

    by sricki on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:22:51 PM PST

  •  They've been jumping every extant species of shark (3+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Rosalie907, wilderness voice

    in ascending order of size for 17 years.... and have moved on to extinct species. They leapt the great white when they glommed to the birther stories, the basking shark when they breathlessly warned of "death panels", the whale shark when they went all-in on Obamacare being the death of democracy...

    I believe they're on the megalodon now.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:43:33 PM PST

  •  Here's the real punch line: (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, sunbro

    Megyn Kelly is by far the smartest person on Fox News.

  •  Megyn Kelly is a kidder (2+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, wilderness voice

    Megyn Kelly told FOX news viewers that she was only joking in the segment in which she declared that Santa and Jesus are white.

    If you didn't laugh, Kelly foxsplains, it's your fault.

    Humor is what we try to bring to this show, but that’s lost on the humorless,” Kelly said on “The Kelly File.” “This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.”

    So there you have it. No apology.

    Anybody out there who was offended it's because you have no sense of humor and you are a race-baiting FOX hater. Stay classy FOX.

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:56:57 PM PST

  •  Fox News viewers (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    don't need an expert to tell them that Santa Claus is white. They just know it, ok, the way Megyn Kelly knows it. It just is. Every picture they have seen of Santa shows a white guy. Having an expert on to prove that Santa is white would make the point weaker, don't you think? What would the expert say? That he has tracked Santa to the North Pole to verify that he is white?

  •  Tipped especially for (0+ / 0-)

    "...we'll photoshop as many purple Santas and Jesii as we can, ...."

    Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

    by Miniaussiefan on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 05:01:16 AM PST

  •  It is important to remember (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    that Happy Days stayed on the air for a full five years after Fonzi jumped the shark.

    If jumping the shark is the bar ( to jump over) Fox has a long way to go.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:32:11 AM PST

  •  "We're going to jingle our keys (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    while we distract you from from how much money we're stealing."

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:13:30 AM PST

  •  The "joke" and Megyn's history (0+ / 0-)

    People like Megyn are more dangerous than Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh is not a very nice person but everyone knows that, he comes off as rough and over the top, so you see him coming.  He also deliberately provokes, though going over the line often.

    People like Megyn who are "easy on the eyes" come in all subtle, and reasonable.  She's a self-described moderate.  Megyn actually has a history of race baiting on that show.

    Second of all, just watch the video on Wednesday.  She's NOT joking. I hope some folks will call her out on that lame explanation.

    I find smug types like her much more repulsive than the radio-talk show host types.

  •  Ok. Everybody needs to calm down... (0+ / 0-)

    You all miss the point:  Megyn Kelly is really good looking.  

    What's the problem?

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