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The FOX Effect

Updated on October 26, 2011

Mark Twain once said "A lie can travel around the world before the truth has time to put on its shoes".  

When a lie has an echo chamber to amplify it, it can happen before people have time to open their eyes.  Such was probably what happened with the now-disbanded advocacy group ACORN.  In the interest of disclosure, I will let you know that I volunteered with an organization that used the Harrisburg, PA ACORN chapter house for a time. 

But much of the demise of this group that did so much work both with and for lower-middle and lower-class Americans, especially urban Americans, can be put on the infamous video that FOX News picked up and AM-Radio and other right-wing sources spread.  Mainstream media, perhaps afraid that FOX would tag them as the dreaded "Liberal Media" had to follow along, and Congress, fearful of FOX's viewers proceeded to deny ACORN it's funding and allow the group to wither on the vine. 

But why did FOX seize on the video?  That may have a lot to do with the thought process behind the right-wingers that make up its viewership. 

I can imagine the right was stunned when not only a Democrat, but a member of an "outgroup" won the Presidency over a Republican who's "Stay the course" message extended well past the Iraq War?  

They could not accept that the American voters had rejected their message of imperialism, corporatism and fundamentalist Christianity.  Rather than look at their ideas, they looked for an excuse, and found it in the increased amount of voters, probably mainly concentrated in urban areas.  ACORN did a lot of work registering and organizing these types of voters,so a scapegoat was born. 

Of course, I still stand by my statement I made when it was revealed that ACORN had to disband; "I bet Bull Connor and George Wallace are asking when someone like Glen Beck was when they needed him". . .


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      Grow 6 years ago from British Columbia - The Amsterdam Of North America

      How about the recent story in Lybia .. with the reporters apparently being held hostage in the Rixos Hotel? What a joke that was, the troops told them not to leave the hotel.. uh .. there is a war going on outside? Seems fairly reasonable. They were not harmed, they continued to broadcast live, no reports of going without food, water, or any other comforts of a luxury hotel. They were complaining about it over and over .. how they were being held hostage .. what a load of bull!

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      DIY Backlinks 6 years ago

      I guess all the other networks just state the real truth and facts with no agenda lol.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Fox tried to set up an affiliate in Canada and the application was rejected, thanks to the law there that broadcast news MUST be the truth and nothing but. Bravo, Canada!!

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      tangoshoes 6 years ago

      Jillian Barclay - Unfortunately people still take fox news as real news. I know this because I work for a family who watches it 24 hours a day :(

      When I asked the wife what she thought about global warming she told me that the whole thing was a scam she knew the real reason why the weather patterns were changing. When asked what that reason was she turned to me with an extremely stern face and informed me that the Apocalypse was coming.

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      Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

      ACORN was defunded and that little moron (yes! I am a name caller!)who dummied up his tapes, should be in jail!

      Is there really anyone left on this planet that does not realize that 'Fox News' is low-level entertainment, for entertainment only?

      Of course, I prefer Jon Stewart for entertainment and he even throws in real news, not fabricated!

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      Fox NEWS is such propaganda and the sad thing is Americans can be so ignorant to believe the lies. They, like Bush. are simply too lazy to search out the truth. They are so lazy they want a government to nourish Them, while hating social programs. They are so ignorant. Never thought I'd see the day when the GOP, acting like Nazis, would get another chance to destroy America, but here we go again!

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      Hi-Jinks 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Heay I heard about this about a month ago. The truth is hard to fine on Fox fiction.