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Fox News Is The American TASS

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/28/17 08:07

by Dave Mindeman

I imagine few of you remember what TASS was. For those of you who don't, it was a Soviet Union owned news agency. There was a time that TASS employed over 2,000 journalists - which in reality were Soviet informants.

TASS was an instrument of Soviet propaganda. The agency was the only source of news for the Russian people and its "news" was only pro-Soviet.

TASS still exists but its propaganda mission has been enhanced by other Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik. They manage to give the Russian people and anyone else who will listen a propaganda message that denigrates the West and promotes Putin directly.

Well, this propaganda model now has an American equivalent. It is Fox News. The Roger Ailes inspired organization now gives only lip service to "actual news" and instead has become a Trump surrogate on a national scale.

When Trump talks about "fake news", Fox is not included. He watches their affiliates - calls in directly. Retweets things they talk about. And quite frankly, gets some of his policy ideas from their analysts.

Like Trump, Fox gives only token adherence to the truth - and puts a Trump slant on everything. The same criticism that conservatives have used against the mainstream media regarding bias - is actually true of Fox.

And I hope you notice that I used the term Trump slant rather than conservative slant. That's because Fox can hardly be considered a real conservative media organization anymore. They discredit conservative critics of Trump and slant their interpretation to the offical White House line.

While most people that crunch the news can easily figure out their bias, there are millions of Americans who take their "preaching" as gospel. They are told to never trust anyone else - and to especially trust what Trump tells them. Many of these people never watch anything else. It is all they know.

TASS had a monopoly on viewers and readers because the Soviet government suppressed everything else. In America, the Trump government can't be quite so blatant, but they manage to keep their grip on a large segment of the American population anyway.

If Trump stays in office, it is only a matter of time before Fox becomes an actual TASS government sanctioned entity.

It could happen.
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