Daily Kos: Fox News and Its Viewers Are Crazy, Mean, and Dumb

Kossacks have long been divided over which is more contemptible: Fox News, or the Fox News audience? Two DKos bloggers came down on marginally different sides of the question this past week.
 
In a Wednesday post, Jesse LaGreca of Occupy Wall Street fame, whose nom de blog is "MinistryOfTruth," played up the network's supposed role as enabler and mainstreamer of violent racism:

[T]he White Supremacist community on the internet receives the dogwhistle blown nightly at [Bill] O'Reilly's Pavlovian White Power rallies. This is how O'Reilly's stochastic terrorism works, he bad mouths someone, they [sic] crazies hear it and some lone wolf eventually gets caught in O'Reilly's trolling net. O'Reilly has become a kind of Grand Vizier of the FoxNewsiverse, a wizard, if you will, who is able to use his Saruman voice to convince people to justify their hates and fears while dismissing that racism even exists and bashing anyone who disagrees...

The GOP has given up on policy and so now they are running on white racial resentment under the white sheet of Fox News...

On the other hand, "Hunter" suggested on Tuesday that Fox News wouldn't keep selling garbage if nasty, stupid people (i.e., its viewers) weren't buying it:

I'm still stumped as to just who the Fox News audience is. Who is this network catering to at this point, pissed-off ferrets with a craving for human flesh?...
    
I can see getting your audience riled that the probably-not-Christian black fellow probably did something-something-something therefore Benghazi. I can see how the particularly dim corners of the Fox News audience, the dirt-stupid folks for whom waving a little imported flag around constitutes the beginning and end of their entire civic duty towards their country and fellow citizens, will clutch the "IRS scandal" to their chests and never let go, not if you debunked it ten times or a hundred...

"The network," concludes "Hunter," is "dumb...and their audience is apparently much, much dumber."

Tom Johnson
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