How Fox Elected Trump

According to the Pew Research Center, 40% of Trump supporters got their news primarily from one outlet: Fox News. Hillary voters seemed to get their news and information from a much broader range of media outlets, the most popular of which was CNN (of which 18% of Hillary voters cited as their primary news source). Because Fox News has always had a Republican slant, I think it is safe to say that those who primarily watch Fox would’ve voted against Hillary no matter who the Republican nominee was. We have to wonder to what degree Fox News was able to convince people to vote for Trump, as it is clear that he is not a conventional Republican.

From what I’ve personally seen on Fox News, they like to sell themselves as an objective news source. One of the most interesting things about Fox News is the way they portray themselves as the victims; referring to other news outlets as the “mainstream media”, it gives the sense that Fox is marginalized and pushed to the fringes of the media world. In reality, however, Fox News is the most watched news network in the United States. When they blast liberals for being “snowflakes” and making use of “identity politics”, it is highly hypocritical. Fox News wants conservatives to feel that they are the minority; that way, they’ll be more willing to speak out in public and vote against Democrats. It’s really a great strategy, but one that I wish more people would catch on to. I suppose that this phenomenon just speaks to the US education system’s failure to teach critical thinking skills. In the words of Donald Trump: Sad!

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