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FOX News' Militia Media

Reported by Ellen - April 8, 2009 -

Eric Boehlert has an excellent column up at Media Matters titled, "Glenn Beck and the Rise of Fox News' Militia Media." Boehlert says, "(I)s there any doubt that Fox News is playing an increasingly erratic and dangerous game by embracing the type of paranoid insurrection rhetoric that people like (recent Pittsburgh slayer) Poplawski are now acting on? By stoking dark fears about the ominous ruins that await an Obama America, by ratcheting up irresponsible back-to-the-wall scenarios, Fox News has waded into a territory that no other news organization has ever dared to exploit."

Boehlert also says,

"What Fox News is now programming on a daily (unhinged) basis is unprecedented in the history of American television, especially in the form of (Glenn) Beck's program. Night after night, week after week, Beck rails against the president while denouncing him or his actions, alternately, as Marxist, socialist, or fascist.

"...The consequences of Fox News' doomsday programming now seem entirely predictable. As Jeffrey Jones, a professor of media and politics at Old Dominion University, recently explained to The New York Times in regard to Beck's rhetoric, 'People hear their values are under attack and they get worried. It becomes an opportunity for them to stand up and do something.'"

It's well worth reading the entire post.

One other comment: Sean Hannity, perhaps deliberately trying to compete with Beck who is gaining in the ratings, is just as bad.