Sunday, December 9, 2012

Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided Country In A Way Not Seen Since Civil War

Not only has Fox News and the Conservative Entertainment Complex served as Drum Majors in the parade of dumbing down America, according to Robert F Kennedy, Jr., they have dangerously divided our country in a fashion a la the Civil War:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr told HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps in an interview Friday that he believes conservative media outlets such as Fox News are damaging the country.
Asked how he thought things have changed in the political landscape, Kennedy pointed to "big money" and "the right wing control of the American media, starting with Fox News" as hurtful to collaboration between differing political interests.
"Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is Fox News," Kennedy told HuffPost Live. "It's divided our country in a way that we haven't been divided probably since the Civil War, and its empowered large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United State Congress elected -- the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party."
And I might add, the right-wing cult of ignorance could not come at a much worse time: There are huge era defining issues that face our nation including, Global warming/Climate change (just think of Hurricane Sandy);the decline of the American infrastructure -- bridges, roads, schools, energy grids etc.; a teetering American economy -- including the precipitously growing divide between the haves and have nots; the growing need for Immigration and entitlement reform and the list goes on.
These serious issues require a healthy engagement of debate, discussion and negotiation between the two political parties. To be clear, a healthy democracy requires an educated and informed citizenry. Having almost one half of the country living in an informationless bubble has had a corrosive effect on our society.
Hence, the number one challenge confronting America society: breaking through the right-wing virtual news black-out.

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