Thursday, June 16, 2016
Fox News' track record with reality
Writing about Megyn Kelly's recent piece on what she felt was unseemly anger from President Obama over Donald Trump's post-Orlando comments got me thinking about Fox News' track record with grasping reality.
It seems to do quite well at fathoming the conservative universe - perhaps because it plays an over-sized role in shaping it - but tends to fall to pieces when it comes to realities that go beyond the right.
Look at their 2012 presidential election polling. It was a disaster. Fox commentators were so sure that Mitt Romney would win, Karl Rove infamously made Megyn Kelly double check the network's own call of Ohio for Obama.
The network does fine within its own universe. Unfortunately, general elections take in far wider territory, far more diverse mindsets & points of view. And without their tried & true ideology guiding, Fox News tends to fall to pieces.