When we have a reality-TV network posing as a reputable news outlet, no wonder we put a former reality-TV celebrity in the nation’s highest office.
We now have inside scoop from a former Fox News contributor that America’s only “fair and balanced” news source is nothing but a scam designed to manipulate viewers.
Former Fox News contributor Tobin Smith is coming forward with stories about how Fox fools viewers with panel discussions rigged and scripted to favor conservatives.
Smith wrote in Medium:
“The outcomes for Fox’s ‘panel debates’ have ALWAYS been carefully fixed by the producers so that the home team (i.e, the conservative panelists like me) ALWAYS won. MORE simply: The staged gladiatorial-like rhetorical fight to the death the Fox viewer loves to watch are ALWAYS fixed by the show producers for the conservative actor to win…always.
Just like pro-wrestling, the panel opinion programs are carefully staged and choreographed by Fox producers so the viewers’ home team (in WWE language the ‘Baby Face’) always wins over the ‘Heel’, aka the poor pathetic ‘libtard.'”
He goes on to describe the strategy as follows:
“The Fox News opinion panel scam works like this. More often than not, in my panel segments I was the protagonist or ‘designated hit man,’ aka the one called on by the host (as instructed by the producers in my ear or the ear of the host) to ‘kill ‘em.’ You’d know I was the designated hit man when the panel show hosts tossed the final death blow 15–20 seconds to me when they say ‘Toby, you have the final word.’
But before I delivered the final rhetorical death blow …the producer of the segment had given me my script 24 hours BEFORE the show started. I knew 24–48 hours in ADVANCE of how the designated liberal was going to argue his/her point…and more important how I was going to win.”
Interestingly, with the firing of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, who died two weeks ago, the Fox facade is beginning to crack.
According to Smith, Fox News doesn’t hire “weak liberals,” as Fox reporters often characterize them; it sabotages liberal panelists through scripted arguments against liberals and progressives so the conservative going up against them always wins. If a Fox contributor drifts from his or her script, she or he is not invited back.
No wonder Donald Trump made “winning” his primary objective while pursuing the presidency. He was conforming to an established business model pandering to older, white conservatives–while simultaneously promoting his brand.
Just the kind of grandstanding we expect from someone who once shaved Vince McMahon’s head on WWE.