The talking heads on Fox's The Five went after Real Time host Bill Maher this Thursday after Maher dared to point out the fact that their network is to blame for a good deal of the polarization of the American public, and true to form, used the occasion to propagate the myth that the rest of the corporate media is "liberal."
Here's the Palinesque word salad from co-host Greg Gutfeld he opened the segment with and please don't ask me to interpret.
GUTFELD: Bill Maher recently lamented the polarization of public discourse, and guess who he blamed it on? […]
He's right! If it weren't for Fox we'd all be in lockstep because the rest of the media is as compliant as pizza dough. So Maher's really whining about competition. We'd all get along if you just agreed with him. It's a nostalgia shared by the president harkening back to when liberals owned the playing field, the team, the refs, the cheerleaders. So now a new team arrives, FNC, kicks your butt and you scream polarization.
See, leftism thrives in an absence of competition. Which is why lefties hate competition. If Maher were a tennis player he'd prefer hitting against a backboard than facing an opponent. The seal flapping audience of his is Ben-Gay. Here's what Jerry Seinfeld had to say to Maher's point. […]
He's right. We like having our assumptions met. Especially when we're old like me, but this Fox segregation thrives on canvas where polarization is enforced disguised as tolerance. The left deems their position hateful which allows for their mob rule.
But maybe it's time for us righties to move beyond confirming ideas and try some converting. The hot tub of agreement is comforting, but what's better is persuading others why it feels to good to be there.
Articulating your position to people who really rarely hear it takes guts, charm and homework. It also means getting out of your comfort zone, which can be fun, especially if you're drunk.
Things didn't get any better from there. The rest of the segment was them twisting Maher's words, making excuses for the existence of their GOP-TV propaganda network and pretending the rest of our corporate media is liberal and has not been made worse by the very existence of Fox.