This week, Fox News turned 25 years old. The network has spent the week patting itself on the back and celebrating the accomplishment.
Some of Fox’s competitors, though, had a bit of a different take on what the anniversary means. During his Friday night show, Chris Hayes layed into Fox, blaming the network for many of society’s ills.
The MSNBC host began, “There is a direct pipeline from what appears on Fox News to the absolute worst manifestations, worst behavior, worst elements of our politics in society. Input to output, clear and strong connection.”
“Just take a step back and survey the wreckage at the current moment, this unprecedented era in American politics. The first president without any meaningful political or military experience. The first president impeached twice. The first deadly insurrection which tried to interrupt the transfer of power and overthrow the duly elected government since, basically, the cannons firing at Fort Sumter during the Civil War. We have experienced all of that.”
The prime-time host closed, “Elected Republicans obviously use Fox to disseminate pro-party propaganda. We also cannot ignore the reverse wag-the-dog reality where increasingly, Republican politicians are themselves avid Fox viewers. That’s where they get their information, they follow the network’s lead. This is where both the modern enterprise of Fox News and the conservative movement more broadly have ended up: the most acute threat to American democracy we have seen in 150 years. So happy 25th anniversary, guys. You did it!”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.