Those who watch Fox News have likely seen the interview between a Dutch historian and a Fox News host and don’t need to be surprised that the American network refused to air it.
Even pushing away the profanities used by Tucker Carlson, the host of the interview, the points that were brought up by Rutger Bregmen were also a dramatic conflict with Fox coverage rules. Rutger Bregman shot to global importance last month after he made comments on taxes at the World Economic Forum hosted in Davos, Switzerland.
The fact that no one is surprised shows that Americans have grown used to the idea that news outlets have significant biases, regardless of claiming to be impartial. While the network did attempt to suppress Bregman’s comments, it still raised the age-old discussion of media freedom – that who owns the media is who matters.
Bregman, the interviewee, ignored the Davos panel moderator’s questions and linked poverty to the broad fact that rich people currently don’t pay enough in taxes. He also compared the lack of discussion on the subject at the forum to attending a conference for firefighters where no one discussed water.
Rutger Bregman also said that they need to stop talking about philanthropy and bring up taxes. Despite the protests from one of the on-site billionaires, Bregman also claimed that they can invite Bono as much as they want, but taxes need to get discussed, and all the rest is nonsense.
During the interview with the Fox host, Bregman claimed that all that Murdoch’s wanted the interviewer to do is scapegoat immigrants instead of talking about tax avoidance. The Fox host then asked if Bregman believed he was taking orders from the Murdoch family.
The Dutch historian pointed out that the interviewer didn’t need to be one of Rupert Murdoch’s finger puppets.
The leak of the interview reminded everyone who watched something that might have otherwise been forgotten. Regardless of the power that social media has, it’s the surviving media powerhouses that are controlled by rich people that still have the capabilities of setting the news agenda.
Billionaires control all major news resources such as Fox, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and more. Is it any wonder why the topic of rich people not paying enough in taxes doesn’t make the front page?