The left-wing media has long hated Fox News for its dissent against liberal narratives, as well as its ratings dominance, and has supported futile efforts to try to silence the network through advertiser boycotts.
Those efforts are now being renewed and expanded, this time demanding that cable providers stop carrying the network altogether, ostensibly as a form of accountability for the news network’s role in supporting former President Donald Trump and his alleged “incitement of insurrection,” Breitbart reported.
The latest offensive in the mainstream media’s war against Fox News came from New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who wrote a piece titled, “Can we put Fox News on trial with Trump?”
NYT wants Fox off the air
Kristof argued that “Fox helped sell Trump’s lie about a stolen election” that directly led to people dying in the Capitol riot. Noting that neither Fox nor its popular personalities like Tucker Carlson could be impeached like Trump, he demanded some form of “accountability not only for Trump but also for fellow travelers at Fox, OANN, Newsmax and so on.”
He acknowledged the prior boycotts and pressure campaigns against Fox’s advertisers, but noted that cable subscription revenue outpaced that of ad revenue and suggested that “a second step is to call on cable companies to drop Fox News from basic cable TV packages.”
Kristof went on to highlight comments from the president of the left-wing Media Matters for America — who described the network as a “propaganda operation mixed with political smut” — even as the columnist acknowledged that his own proposal was a slippery slope of censorship that left him “queasy.”
Nevertheless, again citing Media Matters, he proceeded to accuse Fox of “flooding the airwaves” with “COVID misinformation,” riling up “racial animus” and “white supremacy” in response to Black Lives Matters riots, and of laying the “groundwork for the attack on the Capitol” by way of “wild conspiracies and flat-out fabrications.”
After also accusing Fox — and in particular, Sean Hannity — of being partially responsible for the high coronavirus death toll, he urged the network to return “from the Land of Make Believe to its conservative roots,” lest it becomes even more necessary to remove the network entirely from broadcasting.
Calls for Fox to be silenced
Kristof isn’t the first in the media to propose that Fox News be censored. CNN’s Brian Stelter made similar suggestions in January, specifically how cable providers and social media platforms needed to find a way to reduce the reach of “conservative influencers” to the American public.
An op-ed in The Washington Post from columnist Max Boot also essentially accused Fox News and other right-leaning media outlets of being co-conspirators in alleged Trump’s incitement of an insurrection on Jan. 6.
He, too, suggested that cable providers needed to “step in and kick Fox News off. And if smaller competitors such as One America News and Newsmax continue to incite viewers, they, too, should be booted off.”
These efforts by rivals to suppress and silence their competitor are nothing less than a gross violation of the fundamental spirit of the First Amendment protections for free speech and a free press.