The Republican Party has for several years now followed a strategy of instilling fear into the minds of the American people in a vain effort to hold on to power. Fox News, a cable news network that largely functions as a propaganda wing for the Republican Party, plays an important role in whipping up this climate of fear among the people. Sometimes, this effort is overt as in the saturation coverage of the "Fort Dix Six". Other times the effort is very subtle as shown in the graphic below:
What's wrong with this picture? Just John Kasich doing a bit on the "Creation Museum" right? Take a closer look at the bottom of the screen. Notice the text on the crawler: "Terror Alert : Elevated".
Typically, news crawlers provide news, stock price updates, current temperatures, flying conditions and other types of "current" information. The terror alert status put out by the Department of Homeland Insecurity, however, really isn't really a newsworthy item since it so rarely changes and no one really pays any attention to it anyway. Whenever it does change, a lot of attention is paid to it and there is the usual round of doomsday news stories surrounding it.
Yet, for the last 5 years, Fox has included the terror alert status in its crawler each and every day. One has to wonder why. Can you imagine this conversation around the breakfast tables in Middle America: "Hey honey, can you turn on Fox News Channel so we can see what the terror alert level is and plan our day accordingly"? Of course not.
So since it isn't newsworthy why does Fox keep running it?. For one reason and one reason only: to help instill a level of fear in the American people that they think will cause them to vote for Republicans. The right-wing mantra these days is that we are all doomed to be vaporized in a nuclear blast at the hands of Al Qaeda and their unknowing moronic accomplices: the Democrats. Whipping up and maintaining a climate of fear is central to this strategy. I don't know how effective Fox's news crawler displaying the terror alert level every day over and over again is in this effort, but it's the only explanation I can think of why they keep it on there.
If anyone has another explanation I'd love to hear it.
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