Yesterday Eric Cantor called for a Steve Jobs plan, and now Fox News tried to explain away Jobs’ criticism of the network. Thus, the right’s campaign to remake the image of Steve Jobs into a Fox News watching Republican has begun.
Here is the video from Media Matters:
Fox News Watch was discussing Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and his comments about the media, but it didn’t take long for Fox News try to not only spin away Jobs’ criticism, but to try to paint the Apple legend as a friend of Fox News.
Panelist Jim Pinkerton said, “I mean look, one thing to be wary of in a biography like this is where the author of the book itself, not jobs but Walter Isaacson is coming from. For example, there are a few swings at Fox News in the book, and I can’t help but think to myself gee, where did Walter Isaacson once work? Oh, he was once the president of CNN. How about that? So again, it’s a 600 page book, lots of interesting stuff, but I am curious about some of the selection choices they made as to what’s newsworthy.”
Host Jon Scott chimed in with, “And worth pointing out, Jehmu, before we get to you Jobs had a pretty good relationship with Rupert Murdoch, but the media coverage of their conversations involved a lot about Fox News.”
The message here was that Steve Jobs didn’t really hate Fox News, but the media is trying to make it look that way. According to the book, here is what Jobs told Murdoch about Fox News, “You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society.”
What we are supposed to believe is that Steve Jobs, a man who gave 100% of his political contributions to Democrats is being framed by Walter Isaacson and the media as someone who disliked what Fox News is doing. It wasn’t just Steve Jobs donating to Democrats. His wife, Laurene Powell Jobs donated nearly two times more money to candidates, political action committees, and political party committees as her husband did, and 91% of those donations went to Democrats.
This is a common tactic with the right and Fox News. Once a liberal passes away, conservatives try to co-opt the name and legacy of that person for their own political cause. For example, look at what Glenn Beck has done to Martin Luther King. Jobs’ legacy is much different than Dr. King’s, but Republicans have wasted no time in trying to attach their ideology to his name. For example, Eric Cantor gave a speech at Northwestern University yesterday where he called for a Steve Jobs plan which would make sure that the wealthy don’t pay their fair share.”
Republicans think that if they can remake Steve Jobs into a Fox News watching Republican, it will make young people more likely to support their agenda. By the way, this is the same logic they used when they picked Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate because they thought Hillary Clinton supporters would vote for woman, any woman.
No one should be surprised if by Election Day in 2012, Fox News is trying to tell us that Steve Jobs was the greatest Republican since Ronald Reagan.
Now that he can no longer defend himself, Steve Jobs is getting the Fox News treatment.