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I'm getting a slow start in my return to blogging with this QOTD from The Baffler #28, part of my vacation reading this week:

Fox plays ISIS propaganda with the same intention that ISIS brings to its production: to make Americans feel frightened of and threatened by an organization that actually poses no threat to American freedom or security. Exaggerating the power and reach of ISIS is in the immediate best interests of both the savage terrorist organization and the cynical, right-wing media outlet. The fiction that ISIS--a band of fanatics currently engaged in protracted battles and occupations half a world away from the United States--poses an existential threat to the best-armed nation in the history of the world both burnishes the group's credentials with would-be jihadis and gives weight to Fox's critique of a Democratic president as soft on terror. (In an earlier era, with a Republican in the White House, Fox's on-air news personalities routinely blasted the Arab-language cable outlet Al Jazeera for playing Al Qaeda propaganda videos.)

(Alex Pareene, "Cable News Charnel")

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