Former Fox News editor slams mainstream media, viewers for ‘informational malnourishment’

Fox News analysts attracted backlash from former President Donald Trump and many of his top supporters for calling the November election for Democratic nominee Joe Biden shortly after polls in the state closed.

Now, one former editor at the network is speaking out against the network — and other media outlets — for behavior in the wake of a razor-thin race, as The Hill reports.

“A consumer’s worst cravings”

Chris Stirewalt largely defended his former employer in a recent editorial but landed a few blows on the decision-making process behind the scenes.

Writing for the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Stirewalt excoriated the habits of many American news-watchers, whom he said had developed an unhealthy media diet.

He lambasted much of his own audience for their tendency to “gorge themselves daily on empty informational calories, indulging their sugar fixes of self-affirming half-truths and even outright lies.”

Given that perceived trend, Stirewalt wondered if anyone could “really be surprised that the problem has gotten worse in the last few years.”

In part, he said the problem stems from media companies that seek to indulge “a consumer’s worst cravings” with a steady serving of bias confirmation.

“The rebellion on the populist right against the results of the 2020 election was partly a cynical, knowing effort by political operators and their hype men in the media to steal an election or at least get rich trying,” he claimed.

“Out there by ourselves”

Regardless of the outlet or even political persuasion, Stirewalt said that “the competitive advantage belongs to those who can best habituate consumers” by “avoiding at almost any cost impinging on the reality so painstakingly built around them.”

Of course, this tendency is clearly seen in the decisions made by left-leaning media companies, including the widespread refusal to discuss — or a willingness to dismiss — a scandal that brewed in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign season based on emails recovered from a laptop reportedly discarded by then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

In the social media realm, Twitter went so far as to prevent users from sharing links to the New York Post report on the allegations.

Stirewalt, who was fired on Jan. 19, subsequently described the response to the November election results in an interview with MSNBC, stating: “We were kind of out there by ourselves, and through that process, we became a focus of all of this rage, all of this anger.”

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  1. For those of us who follow C-Span and would never compromise with the truth, the outcome of the last election was very predictable and planned as Lenin himself would have done. The key words are; Cunning, absolute Power corrupt absolutely and, of course, Money talks. I am originally from Italy and many of my friend told me…..If Trump does not win, We all are going to loose.
    There is only ONE Person in our Country capable to emulate Lenin’s strategies, but no one wold dare to say his name. You know why. I am 79 years old and I LOVE America Freedom. Ve must Fight. I can speak better english than I can write, sorry!

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  4. Kiss 💋 this country GOOD BYE! THE DEMOCRATS THE TRUE SWAMP CREATURES ARE BEING HER TO HER KNEES!
    I FEEL BEFORE TO LONG PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RAISE UP AND IT WON’T BE LIKE JAN.6 2021! IT WILL BE A TRUE FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY! WHEN DIRTY BIDEN GAVE OVER OUR POWER GRID TO CHINA! IF YOU DON’T SEE WHAT’S COMING YOUR SO BLIND AND STUPID YOURSELF!

  5. All alone I predicted that the scumbags of this earth they were going to do the most and repulsive acts to stealing the election,and it had happened. Now we have a communist old vitriolic party of democratas run this nation,and already they are trashing our Constitution Bill of rights,killings thousand of jobs and making deals to selling our country to our worst enemies.

  6. May God Help us all. Only He can change the hearts of evil man, if the evil man even wants to change. If we don’t reverse the direction our country is heading, our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren will never know the American greatness that we have known. Pray, pray, pray and then follow God’s direction..

  7. SO MANY COMPLAINTS!!! WHEN!!!!IS THIS BEHAVIOR GOING TO STOP. ALL we seem to do is sit back and talk about the scumbags. WE NEED TO GET ORGANIZED, GET OUR OWN WEB PLATFORMS, GET IN THEIR FACE AS MAXINE WATERS SAID. LET US NOT CRY IN SELF PITY. LET US TAKE ACTION!!!!!!

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