在弹劾听证会上，前国家安全委员会负责人菲奥娜山和其他证人清楚说明那些谁，像福克斯新闻主持人和总统，推进 false narrative 乌克兰选举插手我们所服务的克里姆林宫的利益。俄罗斯是打弱手地缘政治，经济沿着及其人口溅射 shrinking—和 so its greatest hope is to stoke internal discord in the West. Robert Mueller warned of this; James Clapper has warned 它;菲奥娜山现在也做了相同的。 “我们的国家是被撕裂，”她说。 “真理是质疑。”然而，狐狸和共和党更广泛，也热烈地拥抱几乎每一个扭曲克里姆林宫的宣传，直至并包括在2016年大选开始与从未插手俄罗斯的概念。
Fox’s clear willingness to parry the wingnuttiest ideas in service of the president, long-term implications to the United States be damned, should worry all concerned about the state of the United States. The Ukraine myth is hardly the only example; for years, it has repeated false conspiracies about the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, a conspiracy literally cooked up by Russian intelligence 和 fed into the US media. (To say nothing of Fox’s long-term commitment to undermining 和 questioning 气候科学，留下美国都在减缓气候变化，也没有能力面对全球变暖的种种安全后果最严重的影响。）
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It’s possible to paint Fox with too broad of a brush—Chris Wallace remains one of the toughest and best interviewers on television 和 has repeatedly stood up GOP到拼着谈话要点，并主播Bret Baier是一个有才华的记者和历史学家，但它是从今年明确表示，一些重要和有意义的里面你放倒网络。
While propag和izing has long been a key facet of Fox’s business (Stephen Colbert debuted his own Fox News host alter ego, in dedicated pursuit of “truthiness
It’s hard not to think that the increasingly odd behavior 和 untethered-to-realitypronouncements 总统的两个顶级律师出货巴尔专职律师的一般和捍卫朱利安尼，已经深受没有去过上创建，培育正确的过滤器泡沫的影响，并通过福克斯新闻受精。作为lawfare的苏珊·亨尼西 tweeted after Barr set out on his Quixotic quest to prove the deep state was behind the 联邦调查局’s 2016 investigation, “The Attorney General is a fully-committed Fox News conspiracy theorist“。
The network’s pantheon of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura 在graham, Lou Dobbs, 和 the rotating couch-cast of Fox & Friends’ morning show dunces-by-choice together represent a level of ill-informed demagoguery that would make Father Coughlin 和 Huey Long wince.
更多 than simply embarrassing themselves by spouting obvious falsehoods, though, Fox News’ incendiary, fanatical rants serve to delegitimize to its viewers the very idea of a political opposition. Every Democrat is evil. Every person who disagrees with President Trump is an enemy of the state. Every career federal employee is a member of a deep state opposition.
As writer Gabe Sherman, who authored a history of Fox News, tweeted 上周末，“在想了很多关于准备，为什么当尼克松没有特朗普将生存弹劾。 20多年的福克斯新闻（和右翼电台谈话节目）已经告知共和党选民是民主党人邪恶。作为无法无天的王牌是，相信机电工程署署长共和党雪上加霜。这是宣传的力量。“
These pronouncements—uttered around the clock on weekdays 和 doubled down on weekends by hosts like the president’s favorite, Jeanine Pirro—are an attack on the very ideals 和 发现ations of the American experiment.
The 发现ers settled on political parties as a mechanism to institutionalize channels for ongoing debate. As historian Joseph Ellis wrote in American Creation
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Part of what drives the unique national interest in the rivalry of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was that their fatal showdown represents the only case of a founder taking another 发现er’s life. It was one of only a handful of times in our entire national history where we’ve seen political figures fight each other 和 inflict real wounds. (The caning of Senator Charles Sumner in the pre–Civil War Capitol comes to mind as another such rare instance.)
在2008年他自己的总统竞选之中，麦凯恩停下了脚步攻击奥巴马作为一个穆斯林保卫民主党候选人，“不，女士，”他自己的支持者之一麦凯恩 说过. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, 和 that’s what this campaign is all about“。
We, as a democratic society, cannot survive such consequences-be-damned, winner-take-all, facts-don’t-matter politics. Fox News has upended Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s famous proclamation “人人都有权自己的检讨，而不是他自己的事实。”其日常节目由概念驱动似乎每个人也可能有权自己的事实，但只有一个正确的舆论：特朗普的总裁。
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