Target: Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel
Goal: Denounce Fox News for inciting fear, hatred, and rage among its viewership
Depending on your placement on the political spectrum, Fox News is either famous or infamous. The ultra-conservative news anchors and guests who frequent the show regularly espouse radical and hateful viewpoints and use lies and hyperbole to incite fear in the American public. Condemn Fox News for consistently choosing to provoke hate, anger, violence, and misunderstanding among its viewers.
From illegal immigration to the Islamic State to misogyny and Ferguson, Fox News is constantly dismissing those who fight for justice and advocating for inhumane treatment of America’s so-called “enemies.” Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News claiming that the Islamic State—which he referred to simply as Syria and Iraq—was an immediate threat to American citizens and that the current airstrikes President Barack Obama has orchestrated in Iraq were not enough to quell the threat.
Bill O’Reilly decided to focus on one night of looting by protestors in Ferguson rather than the systematic inequalities and threat of police violence that African Americans face on a daily basis, which was the force behind the valid and necessary protests happening there. Instead of empathizing with the continuing struggles of African Americans, O’Reilly decided to strike the fear of a non-existent black threat into the hearts of white people nationwide, invalidating the voices and lives of the African American community in Ferguson. He also advocated for taking away basic human rights from immigrant children who are fleeing economic oppression and violence in Central America, such as trying them in a special court charged with a felony if they don’t report all of their personal information to the federal government within a few months of arrival.
At every turn, Fox News attempts to instill fear and hatred in American people for so-called threats and enemies that do not exist. In so doing, it perpetrate militaristic thinking and the idea that violence, war, and taking away human rights are the only effective solutions to America’s problems. Fox News wants us to believe that the world is out to get us, and that American families, American values, capitalism, and Western civilization will all come crashing down in an instant if we let up on our global military chokehold.
So-called American values and American culture are not in constant threat of destruction, if indeed they ever existed at all, nor are American people (who to Fox news are heterosexual, well-off, white men) inherently deserving of more rights and liberties than anyone else.
Sign this petition to urge Fox News to end the fear mongering in order to justify war and violence, to tell the American people the truth, and to start exercising empathy and understanding in its interpretations of world events.
Dear Mr. Ailes,
With the recent crises in Iraq, Palestine, Ferguson, and near the Mexican border, it seems that the world is falling apart more and more every day. However, Fox News’s tactics of inciting fear and rage within its viewers is not only inexcusable and immoral, but it is also dangerous and detrimental to the future of our planet. Your news anchors and guests teach viewers to see threats where none exist and to respond with hatred and violence to those you consider to be subhuman. I urge you to take a long, hard look at how Fox News has become a fear mongering war machine that spreads lies and ignorance throughout its viewership.
According to recent segments on Fox News, only those who are white, middle- or upper-class, male, and American should be afforded certain privileges and basic human rights. Others who may be attempting to dismantle the complicated web of privilege that favors the few and oppresses many or who are acting contrary to your expectations are viewed as threats and enemies to the American people and American values—terms that have lost all meaning in recent years.
Wars, fear, and hatred may benefit those who can turn a profit from them, but they also destroy trust, incite resentment, and increase hatred. When speaking about the Islamic State, consider the history of the country that the United States has forged there. When speaking about Ferguson, think about the systemic violence and racial targeting of African Americans. And when speaking about illegal immigrants, remember that the United States as we know it was founded on, and thrived because of, immigrant populations seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
I urge you to look at the world, its events, and its people with compassion rather than damnation and with understanding rather than hatred. Please stop using Fox News as an outlet for rage and stop using fear to promote your antiquated and unjust view of how the world should be.
[Your Name Here]
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