On Tuesday Charles Krauthammer received the NY Posts’ Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, and in his acceptance speech went wildly off-message to provide a glimpse into the twisted psyche of a Fox News commentator.
“What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.
A few years ago, I was on a radio show with a well-known political reporter who lamented the loss of a pristine past in which the whole country could agree on what the facts were, even if they disagreed on how to interpret and act upon them. All that was gone now. The country had become so fractured we couldn’t even agree on what reality was.
That’s why Fox News is so resented. It altered the intellectual and ideological landscape of America. It gave not only voice but also legitimacy to a worldview that had been utterly excluded from the mainstream media.”