Fox News doesn’t exactly have the best record when it comes to hard data, as Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks points out:
[Fox News is] not very sophisticated; they do this all the time. ‘Ugh. Climate Change! Here I brought in a snow ball. See that, my eyes see snow. No Climate Change.’
What is new and honestly surprising is that one of their own was allowed to point out their errors in logic both on television and on Twitter. In the midst of Eric Bolling’s attempt to disregard polling data from multiple respectable sources, Dana Perino expresses her unwillingness to drink the delusional kool aid of Fox’s anti-science viewpoint. At least, she isn’t willing to deny reality in cases when the truth will be overwhelmingly apparent to everyone in only a few months. This election cycle will end and people will actually get to see who was correct. She still sticks hard and fast to her denial about Climate change and failed conservative economic policy; issues that are easier to muddle with nonsense.
She draws a direct comparison to 2012, where she admits she was dissuaded from accepting the reality of Mitt Romney’s falling poll numbers just weeks prior to election day:
That’s exactly what we said in 2012, and people that supported Romney were told that the polls were wrong but Romney’s going to win. And then they were so mad and disappointed.
Greg Gutfield then chimes in pointing out how badly some viewers took the loss:
Yeah they stopped watching because they thought we lied to them
Cenk then points out with cheerily that denying all polling data in favor of your own unsubstantiated hopes is kind of exactly what people mean by the word lying:
…because you had. [Laughs]
In fact, Fox News is only doing what it needs to at this point. They have to be more open to the eventual possibility that Trump will lose. Because our best polling data gives him a less than 15% of winning in November. And winter is coming. Even though many liberals have accepted that Fox News simply lies, many of the conservatives that watch it regularly actually consider it a reliable news source. They cannot afford to keep making the kinds of mistakes they’ve made in the past. Especially if the Republican party continues to lose even more ground over the next few elections. At some point someone is going to have to appeal to some new demographics or the whole thing will simply collapse.
But one does not simply stop being an anti-science eco-chamber. That’s why some at Fox like Hannity and Bolling will still tow the old line no matter how delusional it makes them seem in retrospect. And as for fuzzier matters like global warming, that won’t simply fall into our laps one day like an election, we can expect the folks at Fox to continue to promote doubt without any public shows of remorse like this one. Because they can get away with it and they know it.
Though, even if we can’t expect Fox News to evolve into a reasonable news agency anytime soon, this should be taken as a good omen for American politics. The anti-intellectual Tea Party movement that sprang up in response to the election of a black man to the presidency is coming of age. Perhaps some of adherents didn’t expect that they’d survive long enough to have to explain their failings. They will no doubt continue to be a force for division for at least a couple more decades but recent shows of reason suggest that Fox won’t be able to do so with impunity. Or at least that they’re beginning to fear that’s the case.
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