And not in a good way either.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
As the 2020 election cycle ramps up, Fox News is talking about socialism much more than it’s liberal-leaning cable competitors CNN and MSNBC.
Fox News has mentioned the words “socialism” and “socialist” approximately 1,643 times from April 1 to July 3, according to the global search database TVEyes. The statistics were first reported on Thursday by Mediaite.
The conservative network has mentioned the combination of those two words more than double the amount of CNN and MSNBC combined. CNN mentioned “socialism” or “socialist” only 297 times in the same two-month period, while MSNBC used the terms 499 times.
The Fox News coverage comes as President Donald Trump and the Republican Party repeatedly claim Democrats want socialism to rule the 2020 election. During his re-election kickoff in Florida last month, Trump asserted that his Democratic rivals want to “destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it.”
“America will never be a socialist country,” Trump said in his speech, prompting loud applause from the audience. “Republicans do not believe in socialism. We believe in freedom, and so do you.”
Last week, Trump also claimed that there was a rumor that the Democratic Party was going to change its name to the “Socialist Party.” The president did not elaborate or provide any explanation on his comment.
That’s bullshit of course, but Trump’s supporters and Fox News viewers will eat it right up.
I tried to explain to my daughter, who insisted that Bernie Sanders was likely to win this 2020 nomination, how the conservatives would use the word socialism against him and really any other candidate who did not adamantly deny that label.
She did not understand because her generation did not grow up through the 50’s “Red Scare,” the falling of the Berlin wall, and Ronald Reagan presidency.
But those of us who did know how easily socialism can be conflated with communism and how those labels can then be used as metaphorical ropes to either yank a candidate back into line or hang his political career from the highest tree.
I actually applaud Bernie Sanders and AOC for trying to revive the term in American politics and to reeducate people as to its true meaning.
But we are years away from the term being a positive descriptor for a politician in this country.