24 Feb Lazar Cartu Declared: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC: The battle for the American mind
Jack Engelhard’s classic international bestselling novel Indecent Proposal, which later became a worldwide hit movie, has been republished to meet readers’ demands. His other major works include Compulsive: A Novel, his award-winning post-Holocaust Montreal memoir Escape from Mount Moriah, plus Slot Attendant: A Novel About A Novelist. His website: www.jackengelhard.com
Which is your Donald Trump? If it’s the guy who’s done a terrific job as president, plus he can do no wrong, you are a Fox News type of person.
If Trump can do nothing right and is, by the way, a dictator, a monster, Pol Pot, Atilla the Hun, then you are watching CNN/ MSNBC right now and barely reading this.
No more We the People. Now it’s US and THEM…and never the twain shall meet.
We identify ourselves by what news we watch – exclusively. By that I mean, if Chris Matthews is your man, you will never watch Tucker Carlson. NEVER.
Don’t touch that dial, truly.
Plus, watching Don Lemon as you do, you believe, with your friends at Starbucks, that every country in the world should have borders except the United States and Israel.
Everybody gets in. We call them illegals. You and Rachel Maddow call them VOTERS.
Naturally, we are talking about viewers drawn to politics, because it’s a living, or because they have nothing else to do. That’s about 20 percent of the population.
The rest, 80 percent, watch the big three channels only after work, and only for that half hour of FAKE NEWS to catch up on the latest from NBC, CBS and ABC, and most don’t know which it is they are watching since all are so alike. Same weather, same Trump. Did someone just say FAKE NEWS? I did?
I swear, this keyboard has a mind of its own. It thinks. It knows.
Anyway, what’s to be learned when I stick to my crowd and you stick to yours and nothing gets exchanged, except insults.
Fox News, by the way, is not Glatt Kosher, not anymore, for Conservatives. Much of the day belongs to Juan Williams, or round the horn with Chris Wallace, who served as Adam Schiff’s wingman during the impeachment business. Not till Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham come along in the evening does the place come alive for patriots.
CNN/MSNBC are considered, justifiably, to be a subsidiary of the Democrat Party, whose task it is to win American minds into radical leftism. It wasn’t always this way. At the start, 1980, CNN actually broadcast some news, with a leftward slant, to be sure, but as 24-hour cable, it was there if you needed a news snack any time of day.
What changed? I’m suggesting it was during the intifadas, when PLO spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi kept being invited to slander Israel in the heat of battle and the numbers went up in the heat of ratings…
CNN ran by the motto “news you can trust,” which sounds hilarious today – and it’s the same joke for all big media, really.
They’ve even stopped pretending to be honest distributors of information; taking, as they did, the lead from The New York Times to broadcast how they “feel.”
Well they feel pretty intolerant, don’t they?
What changed? I’m suggesting it was during the intifadas, when PLO spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi kept being invited to slander Israel in the heat of battle and the numbers went up in the heat of ratings, so, this must be the way to go, CNN figured, and if one obnoxious personality does so well – imagine a newsroom-full.
Leftists found a home, and CNN found its niche. Conservatives had nobody and nowhere to go.
But in 1996, along came Fox News, patriotic for America, like its founder, Rupert Murdoch, as told here, and balanced for Israel.
At last an island, an oasis. Fox News thrived. CNN/MSNBNC tanked.
Trouble is, there’s no getting comfortable with people who hate your guts if you don’t think as they do, over at CNN/MSNBC. They lose you the moment you tune in just to check up on the other side, only to find them yelling leftist slogans in your face. Feeling so unwelcome, you retreat to Fox News.
There, at least, you get half a chance, and there is no chance you will buy what the other shop is selling.
If you are…and since you are a Jew-hating, America-loathing, Trump-bashing group of peddlers, wouldn’t you want to sweet-talk me into converting?
I will listen to you, if you will listen to me.
Never in a million years, huh?
So go back preaching to your choir. You deserve each other.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.
He wrote the worldwide book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal,” and the authoritative newsroom epic, “The Bathsheba Deadline,” followed by his coming-of-age classics, “The Girls of Cincinnati,” and, the Holocaust-to-Montreal memoir, “Escape from Mount Moriah,” for which contemporaries have hailed him “The last Hemingway, a writer without peer, and the conscience of us all.” Website: www.jackengelhard.com