Chauncey Devega explores how Fox News pollutes the discourse. A snippet:
While Fox News is making cosmetic changes to its lineup, on-air talent and management in the wake of its former CEO Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment scandal, this will have little to no impact on the underlying product: a news outlet that (very profitably) mainstreams right-wing talking points to a pliant and receptive audience.
CNN and other outlets in the American corporate news media are complicit in perpetuating this alternate reality; they are reluctant to speak plainly about Fox News and its role in disseminating right-wing lies and disinformation because they have been bullied into submission by the myth of the “liberal media.”
The sum effect of this is that CNN and other major American news outlets elevate right-wing talking points and falsehoods to the level of factual “news.” This legitimizes them as now being worthy of inclusion as an “alternative point of view” that should be spoken to in serious discussions of politics. CNN and the so-called liberal media then circulate right-wing propaganda to a broader public outside of the Fox News echo chamber.