It is true that Tea Party activists don’t like a lot of things. They don’t like wearing normal clothes, they don’t like immigrants, they don’t like taxes, but if there is one thing they especially don’t like, it is change. So when Fox News decided to change their tone following the pummeling Republicans took during the 2012 election, Tea Party people were not pleased. They were so enraged that they decided to boycott their beloved news network.
Like any good boycott, this one will last for three days. From Thursday morning through Sunday, Tea Party activists will be Fox-Free. The individuals who organized the boycott say that they have affected 20% of Fox's viewership, but The Daily Beast reports that the boycott has had little effect.
Relationships don’t just turn south overnight. No, the souring of the Tea Party-Fox love affair has occurred over some months, starting with election night when they declared President Obama the winner. "Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left," said 70-year-old Stan Hjerlie. Roger Ailes has publicly stated he plans on modernizing the news network by softening on some issues like immigration.
Nothing has enraged these tri-corner-wearing-costume-donning folk more than Fox’s "cover-up" of Benghazi. They believe that Fox News has engaged in the cover-up of what really happened, and that they are turning communist just like all the other news media organizations. They are demanding that Fox News do one segment on Benghazi every evening until the real "truth" comes out.
The Tea Party is never one to shy away from a good Hitler reference and the alleged Benghazi cover-up is no different. "We think this is a cover up and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media."
Like an addict giving up a drug, the first few hours of the three-day boycott weren’t easy. "I am having withdrawal. I do like Fox News." Kevin Avard said he’s even been turning to CNN just to get a news fix. If this boycott is going as well as the organizers say it is, then this could just be the gimmick CNN is looking for to turn around their ratings.
Keep up the good fight, Tea Party people.