Fox News Dying By Frank Rich | Nymag.com | 01/24/2014 Excerpts: There aint no sanity clause, Chico Marx told Groucho. There is also no Santa Claus. And there was no sanity in the Santa fracas that became an embarrassing liberal-media fixation just before Christmas. For those who missed it, what happened was this: A Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, came upon a tongue-in-cheek blog post at Slate in which a black writer, Aisha Harris, proposed that Santa be recast as a penguin for the sake of racial inclusiveness. After tossing this scrap of red meat to her all-white panel of prime-time guests, Kelly reassured any kids watching (this was nearing 10 p.m.) that Santa just is white. (For good measure, she added, Jesus was a white man, too.) At CNN, one anchor brought on Santas of four races to debunk Kelly. BuzzFeed reported that MSNBC programs hopped on the story fourteen times in a single week. Of course what Kelly said was dumb. But the reaction was even dumber. Every year, Fox News whips up some phantom war on Christmas plotted by what the networks blowhard-in-chief Bill OReilly calls secular progressives. This seasonal stunt has long been old news, yet many in the liberal media still cant resist the bait. You had to feel for the NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who was drafted into filing a Kelly-Santa story on the Today show for no discernible reason other than that she is not white. Because they cant defeat us on the media battlefield, the far left seeks to demonize Fox News as a right-wing propaganda machine and a racist enterprise, said OReilly when sermonizing about the episode on his show. Thats why Miss Megyn got headlines about a Santa Claus remark that was totally harmless. Fox News is a right-wing propaganda machine and at times a racist enterprise (witness, among other examples, its fruitless effort to drum up a New Black Panther Party scandal over some 95 segments in the summer of 2010). But OReilly was half-right. Kellys inane remark was harmless and unworthy of headlines. Without the lefts overreaction, there wouldnt have been any pseudo national firestorm. Still, OReillys summation was predicated on an erroneous underlying assumption that few bother to question: In truth, Fox News has been defeated on the media battlefield - and on the political battlefield as well. Even the 73-year-old wizard of Fox, Roger Ailes, now in full Lear-raging-on-the-heath mode as portrayed in my colleague Gabriel Shermans definitive new biography, The Loudest Voice in the Room, seems to sense the waning of his power. Ailes would like the president and everyone else to keep believing he has that clout. But these days Fox News is the loudest voice in the room only in the sense that a bawling baby is the loudest voice in the room. Read more: http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/fox-news-2014-2/ ..... IMO: Fox News is a joke in its portrayal of American life as it is today. It appears that they are living on another planet as they seriously proceed to ply their right-leaning agenda to the gullible FN listeners. It is true that FN is dying because there are many less listeners now that their shock-jocks are so flagrantly stupid, with their orange makeup, tinted hair, and these are the males, folks. The females are notoriously blonde because that is the image they portray for what the republican women should look like. Their material is based on pleasing the semi-literate, armed, religious redneck truck drivers that can only comprehend what is happening from the seat of his truck while caught in a tornado.