Not long ago I went to my car dealer to have my vehicle repaired. There is a little waiting area with seats, magazines, and a TV monitor that was quietly playing an afternoon quiz show or some innocuous program. I sat down and began to read. At first nobody else was there. But soon a man came up to me and asked if it was OK with me if he changed the channel on the TV.
“As long as it is not Fox News” I said.
“But it is Fox News! Why don’t you want to watch that?”
“Because it is all conservative propaganda.”
“Well, I am a conservative. Nothing wrong with supporting God and Country.”
“You can’t get away with that, not anymore. The Democrats have a very good record on military affairs these days. Obama supports the troops; Obama took care of Bin Laden, and is close to eliminating Al Quaida…Fox News is full of incorrect ideas. If you want to watch news, go to CNN. At least they try to be objective.”
Not taking my advice, the man sat down, but not without blustering a bit with obscure criticisms of Obama. I told him I just came to have my car serviced, not to have a political discussion.
A little later this month I visited a branch of my bank that was likewise equipped with a TV playing…Fox News, mercifully with the sound turned off. I’ve noticed this elsewhere too, in a waiting room at a hospital.
Many others besides myself think that Fox News favors right-wing policies in the US. (See examples in a long Wikipedia article here). How Fox obtained a broadcast license is another story. Certainly one can choose to watch Fox News at home. But I object to foisting conservative propaganda on people while they are just going about their business. It is the right-wing version of Big Brother.