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I find it useful to scan the "print" article headlines on the "front page" of the Fox website every day to keep up on their perspective. Most of what appears there appears to be newsworthy. And, sometimes they cover topics I don't see being covered elsewhere. The articles bear their slant. But, I am encouraged because that slant appears to be becoming somewhat less divisive in the post Roger Ailes period.Fox News viewers have a very different view of coronavirus -- its origins, the search for a vaccine etc. -- than do non-Fox viewers.
The truth here is that Fox News knows exactly what it's doing. It -- or, really, the late Roger Ailes -- has created a brand that revolves around its viewers' distrust in societal pillars like government, the education system and, yes, the media. Every story -- and I mean every story -- is funneled through that lens.
The most noxious part of all of this -- and it's what Oliver's 11 words hit directly on the head -- is that Fox News is covering the story this way not because it comports with known facts or because they believe it's the "real" narrative but rather because they know that covering the coronavirus pandemic this way means more viewers -- and more money to sell ads.