Monday, December 31, 2018

Is Fox News scared of girls?

What do you suppose is the second-most-important story on this last day of the year for the Fair 'n' Balanced Network?

Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., pledged to voters she would be a far-left outsider who would push her party toward adopting “democratic socialist” policies, including universal health care and free college tuition. So far, she has kept her promise.

OK, fine, anybody could leave the "opinion" label off a rant from the Dearborn Institute. But you still might be wondering what propels some topics to the top of the agenda so often at (ahem) certain outlets. On the front page* yesterday, for example:

Or blaspheming the Gospel According to Fox as the lead story on Dec. 26:

Or Dec. 22, reprising her regular summertime role as "Dem darling":

Demonstrating that librul sense of entitlement (twice) on Dec. 20:

Committing that librul hypocrisy with big scary eyes on Dec. 19:

Coaxing her hapless followers to assault the Constitution on Dec. 13:

Striking the same pose to lead the War On Our Economy on Dec. 10:

Committing lese-majeste all over Trump Jr.  on Dec. 7:

Raising the spectre of first-year macroeconomics courses on Dec. 4:

Raising the spectre of Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire on Dec. 3:

Offending Fox's sense of history on Dec. 1:
Offending Lindsey Graham's sense of history as the lead story on Nov. 26:

The "compares" stories are Fox at its most Foxlike: not lying about a specific set of facts, but bullshitting about the sort of story the facts are allowed to form. Here, for example, is the bit about the caravan** to which Graham "fires back":

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted late Sunday.

... "I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC. Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana," Graham tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez seems to be talking about the policies surrounding refugee status, not the conditions any particular group might have been fleeing, so it's hard to see why she needs a tour of the Holocaust Museum any more than Lindsey Graham does.*** But angry old men do have a habit of bringing out the history stick when the young and the uppity need to be brought back into line. It's fine for Ronald Reagan to boast of setting out to change a country, but let the usurping Kenyan test-drive that idea and see what happens.

I think that's part of the reason for Fox's six-month-long panic over this particular 0.23% of the next House of Representatives. It's always possible that Ocasio-Cortez used to beat Fox up on the playground and steal its lunch money, but the real reason seems less fanciful: Fox is scared of girls. Actually, Fox is scared of lots of people who don't look like Tucker Carlson, especially when they articulate original ideas, demonstrate regular flashes of wit, and bump right back if you bump them while they're going to the basket. But mostly, Fox is scared of girls.

* Y'all didn't flop the picture just to get her looking in the right direction, did you?
** Even by Fox standards, the homepage hed is pretty stupid. On the story itself, the hed is "Ocasio-Cortez compares members of migrant caravan to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany."
*** If they'd like to have a nice talk about refugee policy in paranoid times, here's a photo of a refugee family being separated, next to a story about an autocratic leader who wants to purge some officers and says his country won't be pushed around anymore (Washington Post, 1A, June 5, 1939):

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