Roger Ailes (just died) is what ailed our society. News for Roger was an anxiety deliver system. It was the perspective, not the content that Fox served you. First he creates a dis-ease that you are a victim, and then sells you the antidote. Watch Fox. We are your people.
Fox News because a secular religion. I knew Evangelicals who only watched Sunday sermons on Sunday and Fox 24/7 during the week. Religion and Fox fit together like two gloves on the same body. What was it about Fox that made it a TV Cult? Well, Fox created an Enemy of the hen house. The chickens banned together in order to feel safe from the coyote…oh wait…was it a Fox?
Roger liked dolls. He surrounded himself with blond Barbi Dolls. Unfortunately, he liked to play with them too, whether they liked it or not.
Strong male personas that can’t touch their own inner feminine are driven to possess the feminine as dolls. They look for the feminine in the wrong places. Instead of relationship, they need to possess the feminine, to own it and show it off as a trophy.
Ailes, Trump, Bill O’Reilly. The authoritarian Male Persona is becoming a dinosaur. This lizard can’t survive in a mammal society where Mamma has equal status.
The authoritarian Persona creates the aura that it has no second. Even Adam had no second since Eve was born out of him. Like Yahweh, the Male Persona says there is no other god before me, I am the One that has no second. Everyone else to the back of the bus.
The greatest fear is to be kicked out of one’s society, to be alone in the universe with no reference, no place mat, to have nothing upon which to orientate your self…to be in a snow storm with no signs or familiar references…..ah…this is the whole point of Zen.
But getting back to Fox. Fox gives those who feel kicked out of their society a reference point, an absolute fixed reference point. And that point is the Enemy. When disorientated in a changing world, the Enemy, like an Obama or a Hillary, gives you a North Star to follow out of the labyrinth.
The Authoritarian Persona feels that he is the One who can lead you out of the labyrinth of modernity and change. He is the fixed point, but the way you fix yourself as the Fixer is to create an threat that you can remove. I will build a Wall.
Roger Ailes had the genius to create a Viewpoint for his Fox News. When you create a viewpoint, it doesn’t matter what the content is; It’s the Viewpoint, stupid. This morning on Morning Joe someone said the two most influential culture shapers of our age have been Roger Ailes and Steve Jobs. Both created a viewpoint: Ailes on TV and Jobs in computer products. When you bought an Apple produce your bought not only a device, but a viewpoint of reality as well. The viewpoint of Apple is that you are Cool. You are Creative Cool. Not only are you functional but you are beautiful as well.
Ailes Created a Viewpoint that you as a Victim are valuable. You will rise again, just as the South will Rise Again. You are not a Lost Cause. But the viewpoint of the Victim must have an Enemy, some Other that is oppressing you, that is making you feel the victim. By naming your aggressor, you have power over your aggressor.
Fox like Christianity is a religion for the Exiled.