Fox News continues to demonstrate that it has no aspirations to being a source of credible journalism. That would be consistent with the remarks of their CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, who recently admitted that he views the network’s role as “the opposition” to President Biden and the Democrats. And this week they are proving their dishonesty and irrelevancy by almost entirely ignoring the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who allegedly murdered George Floyd.
Instead of airing the live courtroom proceedings, Fox News was running its regularly scheduled roster of propaganda programming. On “Outnumbered,” where Fox has four right-wingers gang up on one token lefty (who wasn’t even there on this show), they spent much of the hour on the pre-approved Republican Deflection of the Week, the so-called “Border Crisis.” The same was true for the following program “America Reports,” which Fox News considers to be part of their “news” side programming.
Clearly, the last thing Fox News wants is to present their carefully deceived audience with a truthful, unfiltered account of the circumstances that led to the loss of yet another Black American’s life at the hands of another white police officer. Consequently, Fox shapes their doctrine of disinformation to fit the narrow tendrils of their racist sofa spuds.
Which is why Fox News can’t air the live courtroom drama of the Chauvin murder trial. There is just too much risk that Fox’s audience might be exposed to something like this:
Prosecutor: What is your view of that use of force during that time period?
Minneapolis PD Lt. Richard Zimmerman: Totally unnecessary.
Prosecutor: What do you mean?
Zimmerman: Well first of all, pulling him down to the ground, face down, and putting your knee on the neck for that amount of time, is just uncalled for. I saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger, if that’s what they felt. And that’s what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force.
Prosecutor: So in your opinion, should that restraint have stopped once he was handcuffed and prone on the ground?
Minneapolis PD Lt. Richard Zimmerman testifies that the force Chauvin used on George Floyd was "totally unnecessary" and "uncalled for." pic.twitter.com/onmCuxBzqM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2021
This is the key to determining the liability of Chauvin for Floyd’s death. The officer claims that he was in fear for his life and was, therefore, performing according to his training under the circumstances. However, his superiors in his own department are contradicting that claim saying that there was no credible cause for fear of a prone, handcuffed suspect. And the method of restraint was excessive and known to be potentially fatal.
The prosecution has effectively preempted whatever justifications the defense is likely to present. And it was done live on television for everyone to witness. Everyone except for viewers of Fox News. That wasn’t an accident. Fox News doesn’t want their audience to have an honest representation of the facts when those facts are contrary to Fox’s conservative evangelism.
That’s also why Fox News hasn’t been reporting on the sex scandal engulfing GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (Q-FL). While at the same time there is plenty of coverage of Hunter Biden and his wayward laptop. It’s why Fox News avoided coverage of the billion dollar defamation lawsuit against the network by Dominion voting Systems. It’s why Fox News downplayed the recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. But it would be safe to bet that Fox will air the defense’s case live.
Meanwhile, Fox spends copious quantities of scarce airtime on fake controversies about Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head. They mock voters seeking access to the ballot box. They spread dangerous lies about the coronavirus. All because Fox News isn’t really a news network at all. It is a shameless purveyor of propaganda and right-wing conspiracy theories. And they just keep on proving it every day.
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