The Daily Show on Fox’s Love of War
April 22, 2012 7 Comments
Part of the way that Fox fulfills its function as the main media division of the Republican Party is the way in which it works to shape how news is framed. A prime example is their recent outrage that the Democrats would use the term “War on Women” to describe the anti-women policies of the Republican Party. Rather than argue about the merits of the policies, Fox and the Republicans have turned their focus to the Democrats’ rhetoric, which is a significant hint that the Democrats should keep using that language. It’s working and it’s accurate.
As for the charges that it’s unpatriotic to use war as a metaphor? The Daily Show on Monday noted how Fox has had a very different attitude towards that in the past. After reminding us of Fox’s paranoid imagining of a War on Christmas, they list fourteen additional cases where Fox felt that it was completely appropriate to use war as a metaphor, from Halloween to chocolate milk. What are the wars that concern the conservatives?
1. War on Hanukkah now too?
2. This is the War on Easter.
3. War on — wait for it — Fall Holidays.
4. Let’s talk War on Halloween.
5. War on Fossil Fuels.
6. War on the Constitution.
7. The War on Ladies Night.
8. War on Fishermen!
9. Can you accept the War on Salt?
10. It’s the War on Chocolate Milk.
11. War on Sugary Drinks.
12. War on Food!
13. Is this a nanny state War on Spuds?
and the coup-de-grace…
14. The liberal media wages a War on Conservative Women.
That’s right, Fox only thinks that hyperbole is appropriate when speaking on behalf of conservative women.
The Democrats have winning messaging with the “War on Women” metaphor, because it’s pithy, it appropriates common conservative rhetoric, and it simultaneously diminishes the power of conservatives to continue utilizing that very same rhetoric. Most importantly, it’s based on actual substantive policies proposed and enacted by the Republican Party.
I hope that Democrats do not cower and abandon pointing out the Republican War on Women, because yes, it matters when women receive insurance coverage for birth control, and yes, it matters when the state attempts to rape women who seek abortions. It matters that the Republicans are waging a war against women’s rights.