What happens when ideology trumps journalistic ethics? We start to have channels like Fox News and the Sinclair Group. The problem that Republicans and Fox has with journalism is not that the news on other channels isn’t balanced, but that it isn’t ideological. Their assumption that liberalism is an ideology just as conservatism. They fail to see the difference between facts and journalism and blind ideology. As a result, their requirement of “balanced” is not a desire to see both sides, but to ignore opposing facts and present only ideology in positive light. Specifically, their ideology, because ideologies cannot stand oppising ideologies.
Journalistic principles have biases, they are biased towards facts. Sometimes those facts are pro Obama, sometimes against. Sometimes they are pro Republican, sometimes against. In an ideological view point, there is no room facts against. Ideology is a type of religion, where one cannot question concepts and central tenants. Pro-life is alwasy pro life or you are not a Republican. You are always free market and anti-regulation or you are not a Republican just as you are always pro Jesus and pro virgin birth or you are not a Christian. As with religions where the most important thing is to be a good Christian, it is important to be a good Republican, and to sway from the ideology is to become an outcast. This is why the view point of people who are Republicans but disagree with the party on Trump or economics, often means to be labeled liberal. Why being liberal is the worst thing one can be labeled? Because it implies that you are an enemy because you are a doubter, a heretic, a person who undermines the ideology. This is why any liberal slant on a news station is display of a lack of alegiance to the Republican cause.
This is why it is important for news organization to stand strong and stand for ideology of journalism; of reporting facts as facts regardless of which party or ideology they support. To show the truth as it is and not as some people want it to be.
That said, something very dangerous is happening in United States over the past few weeks. In Russia, Putin took over the airwaves of all news organizations. To do so, Putin sent in troops and took over companies and installed his operatives and propagandists. Something similar happened in US over the past few weeks but instead of green men, it is happening with green bills. The Sinclair Group took over stations across the country and is forcing the stations to “tilt right”. This isn’t some kind of balancing of the truth, this is taking away truth and introduccing ideological propaganda that takes away facts that reflect poorly on the Right. This is a giant leap back for democracy that is happening at an accelerating rate as most people are distracted by other events. This is something that took Putin years to create in Russia and here it is happening in a matter of months.
This is a democratic five alarm fire, our independent press institutions, our ability to freely express and communicate are being taken over by ideological elements which are requiring a specific point of view on specific politicians and business men. This is definition of fascism.
These actions corroborate all who said that we have fascism in this country as of January 21st and should spur people to act, while they can. Because once the propagandist system takes over the masses, the fear aparatus sets in, there is nothing that the free thinking people will be able to do, besides try and leave. Once the brain drain becomes detrimental to the regime, even that option, will dissapear.