Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Hero James Murdoch Suicides Fox News

If you watched Fox News around March 2015, a lot of stories in the evening were about ISIS and overseas intervention, with Krauthammer saying the most important qualification for the next president would be foreign policy experience. Completely different from what people were talking about in real life and online (immigration). It looked and felt like a propaganda effort.

Fox News has since seen some shift in a Trumpist direction as on-air talent spread their wings. Tucker Carlson has probably made the biggest shift. Outside of his show and a few other programs, however, Fox News mainly puts out the cuckservative talking points, the Official Cuckservative Narrative.

The destruction of Fox News should therefore be welcomed. It is the loudest signal drowning out the dissident Right and because it is a near signal, it can drown out the dissident Right.

Michael Wolff: It's James Murdoch's Fox News Now
In some sense, with the ouster of Ailes and now O’Reilly, James has overthrown his own network. With them there, both men possessing vast industry, institutional, political and corporate powers, it would have been impossible for the owner’s jejune son to have forced change. Now with them gone, it’s nearly a clean slate. Fox News must become something else. The almost certain instant erosion of Fox’s primetime audience, built on the spillover of O’Reilly’s long-unbeaten 8:00 hour, means the existential moment begins, practically speaking, immediately.

Rupert, 86, is said to be watching this in some disbelief, but with some pride, too. He has long believed that what many others see as his son’s arrogance and superciliousness is actually brilliance. And while Rupert may disagree with much of James' instincts and actions — quite proved inadequate in the London phone-hacking scandal for which James received much of the blame — he yet seems pleased that he would be up to taking them.

James’ dream, wherein he hopes to match his father’s accomplishments, and which he has been spinning for all who might listen for many years now, is of combining Sky News and Fox News with the vast Murdoch reach and producing some ultimate global news brand. Where Fox News is parochial and America First, the new global brand is worldly and unlimited. It will give his family’s company, once the pirate company, new meaning and new stature — a force for stability instead of upheaval. Murdoch media, in an age of populist disruption, will stand for the established world order.
The Drudge Report has shown the way, a large number of his links go to UK and sometimes Australian media. An Anglosphere network is definitely a good idea, 24 hours from Sydney to London to New York. A sports channel that shows baseball in the evening (US time) and Australian Rules Football in the morning would do well.

But he's not going in a populist direction, he doesn't want to become the most powerful news network in the world, the pinnacle of opposition media against the globalist world order. Instead, he wants a pat on the head.

The dissident media will have its chance to flourish.

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