Letters to the Editor

Fox viewers are locked in

Trumpsters seem to be living in a Tolkien world in which up is down and right is wrong.

Ironically, many Trump voters say they were driven by religion. Imagine the mental gymnastics required to keep one’s sacred religious beliefs unsullied in such a Faustian bargain.

The attraction to right-wing conservative media (the real “fake news”) resembles an addiction. For those glued to Fox, the remedy is extremely painful: Watch Fox one night and CNN or MSNBC the next night for two weeks.

The stark difference is eye-opening and clearly shows what proponents of factual information are up against. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

You quickly realize why Fox and Trump go together like a horse and carriage. They’re both just the opposite of Fox’s head-fake mantra: “fair and balanced.”

Fox’s ploy:

1. Focus on or exaggerate pro-conservative “news” and simply omit any negative news about Trump or Republicans.

2. Focus on, exaggerate, or make up negative news about those nutty liberals.

Fox knows it holds the keys to the kingdom: Their base viewers are locked in and won’t check other news sources. And they don’t mind being played as long as they’re fed a satisfying diet of the pabulum they wish to believe.

As for Breitbart and right-wing talk radio, all it takes for the uninitiated is one trip down those rabbit holes to find yourself disoriented in what seems to be an alien world.

Beam me up, Scotty!

Richard Harkness

Ocean Springs