This week, our readers sound off on Fox News, S.E. Cupp and the fight against voter suppression. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
ajdjr73: It’s a sad day in America. When I first started to subscribe to The American Prospect and The Nation was when I returned to Massachusetts after living in and working in Chicago for several years in 2001. When I returned to Massachusetts it was clear to me that the wonderful state that Michael Dukakis had turned over to Republican governors was no longer extant. I wondered, what happened? I went to work for Robert Reich for his campaign for governor and was at a school meeting getting signatures to put his name on the ballot. People spoke to me quietly while signing. I rushed home and told my wife: "We’re not the only ones! There are other people out there that think like we do!" Republicans had systematically isolated like minded progressives from each other over the years. One had to be cautious about what one said at the water cooler at work. Then, Howard Dean got us together at Meet Ups in coffee shops and people’s homes, writing letters, by hand, for support . This was the beginning of a movement. I scraped together the money to subscribe to these great periodicals and just a few short years later, it is no longer sufficient merely to subscribe and pay for one’s subscription. Now, one has to also donate dollars to keep the printing press rolling and the mail man delivering. When I studied high school civics, many years ago, our teacher told us that if we would watch the six o’clock news, read a weekly like Time magazine and the newspaper daily, we could be assured that we were informed citizens, doing our bit for our democracy. Today, it is much more difficult to do our bit for our democracy than what our teacher told us so many years ago.
In response to Katrina vanden Heuvel’s “Save The American Prospect.” May 18, 2012.
Jessy169: My parents are die-hard Republicans. All they watch is Fox News. When I try to discuss politics with them, the points of view and "facts" they come out with are from a different world. We can’t have any kind of discussion because we have completely separate "realities". I own a number of guns, I always have and always will. I stay well informed reading many news outlets regularly, and I don’t feel any threat to my gun ownership. But when I mention this topic to my parents, all they talk about is how Obama is trying to "take away our right to bear arms." It is surreal.
In response to Ben Adler’s “It’s Official: Watching Fox News Makes You Stupider.” May 21, 2012
Gray Porcella: I have to take issue with your article in one regard. This is not a matter of bad journalism. That would imply some sort of ineptitude, or carelessness in research. No, this level of misinformation is not happening by chance or accident. It is not only by intent that they present false information, that false information has actually been run past several focus groups of republican voters to see exactly which wording creates the desired impact on the listener. They not only lie on purpose, they tailor their lies by testing them out on real people to create their talking points, which they then distribute through an echo chamber, so those lies, in their exact wording are repeated again and again, exactly the same way, with exactly the same words, and exactly the same structure. This, in my opinion constitutes a conspiracy to misinform, and I believe if we ever hope to regain our ability to believe journalists again, we must demand that those who have licenses to broadcast to the general public need to be held to a rigid and highly ethical standard. Fox News should have their broadcast license revoked. Allow them to make movies, and television shows for entertainment all they want, but it is time that this 24/7 prostitution of the news, and the words fair and balanced come to an end.