Here’s a twist that will bring liberals and conservatives together into a collective head-scratching marathon. A bunch of Tea Party activists organized a huge boycott of Fox News because the network is way “too liberal” for their tastes.
According to The Daily Beast, the Tea Party ordered their second boycott of the right-leaning cable network to protest its coverage. Particularly, they argue that Fox has been mostly silent over the Benghazi consulate attack, which is kind of a strange accusation since opponents of the network have often criticized them for talking about Benghazi way too much.
“Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left,” said boycott participant Stan Hjerlied. He pointed to a post-election interview with Fox CEO Roger Ailes who said that the Republican Party needs to modernize, especially over immigration. “So we are really losing our only conservative network,” bemoaned Hjerlied.
The three-day boycott of Fox lasted from Thursday morning through Sunday morning. Tea Party members said that their previous, two-day boycott knocked 20 percent off of the network’s regular viewership. Actual analysis of the boycott showed that it didn’t really have much of an effect at all.
Strangely, instead of giving an interview, Kathy Amidon (who lead the boycott) directed The Daily Beast to this website. It’s a huge and confusing Benghazi-truther hub, which alleges, among other things, that Fox is complicit in a massive coverup. It also argues that the Tea Party targets Fox because the network needs the Tea Party.
“People ask why not all mainstream media? Why just Boycott FOX? The answer, again, is that FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck. FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the MSM doesn’t need us at all, to speak of.”
“We need Fox to turn right,” said Hjerlied. “We think this is a coverup and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media.”
Viewers dying for a Fox-fix are encouraged on the site to wait for One America, a network set to debut this summer that sounds like a conservative version of CurrentTV.