Update May 24, 2017: An update is provided at the end of this article about the difficulty Fox News is having pretending that the Seth Rich conspiracy story is grounded in any way in fact.
In the movie The Matrix, mankind’s reality is manufactured by the Overlords, which have hooked up the entire population to machines which provide an ersatz existence of the mind. The victims believe they are leading exciting and fulfilling lives, but it is all a manufactured dream. Only a handful of humans have managed to escape their thralldom, and the movie’s hero, Neo, is one of them. At the end of the film, when he finally discovers the truth, Neo is given a choice: he can take a blue pill which will return him to his dream existence, which after all seemed quite real to him. Alternatively, he can take a red pill and function in the real world, as an outsider aware that millions of people remain hooked up to machines through which they are fed an alternative reality.
This is essentially the problem facing the United States today. Some 63 million people live in a dream world, hooked up to machines that spin for them a perceived reality through the electronic media of television, radio and the internet. The largest feeding tube of all is managed by Rupert Murdoch of Fox News and his Overlord of many years, Roger Ailes, who interestingly died this past week at the age of 77, after being fired by Murdoch for sexual harassment of Fox News women employees. Sexual predation is apparently one of the benefits of being an Overlord; a similar dismissal of the ratings star of Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, occurred last month.
It is easy for sexual predators to thrive as Overlords if the environment in which they operate is all manufactured. They can demand sexual favors from the women who work there because the reality of what they are doing is kept hidden from the public eye. Projecting an alternative reality is what Fox News does, even to the point that its management and television stars are shown to the public as morally upstanding “newsmen” and “media moguls.” Spinning fantasies comes naturally to Fox News; it is what the television network has done for twenty years now, and continues to do in the face of the brutal reality of Donald Trump’s presidency.