'Fox News brain': meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news

The Guardian - Apr 12, 10:00 GMT

Fox News built a wall between Luke O’Neil and his mother, and he’s just one of many families split by its viral ideologyI love my mother

Fox News built a wall between Luke O’Neil and his mother, and he’s just one of many families split by its viral ideology

I love my mother. She is one of the kindest and sweetest people you will ever meet and I would be nothing without her. I’ve never heard her say a bad word about anyone, never mind anything overtly terrible, like the type of thing, for example, you might hear from Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity. But I do know, much to my dismay, that she has watched them on TV a lot over the years. As such, my mom and I have agreed to not talk about politics anymore. The cognitive dissonance between this lovely woman finding something appealing in the most xenophobic pundits on TV is too hard for me to reconcile. I don’t want to think about it.

It turns out there are a lot of families across the country who have a similar arrangement, or worse, in which people have stopped talking altogether to relatives they feel have been stolen from them by Fox News.

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