The establishment tools have recently eliminated a very promising progressive - here is how they did it
In the following video, Kyle Kulinski describes how he schooled Fox tools on progressive policies. The debate was set up on the occasion of another 'interview' (4:18 - 5:22 in the video) in which Cori Bush appeared to be quite unprepared to deal with Fox’s aggressive style. Unfortunately, shortly after this ugly attack, Cori Bush, a very promising progressive, lost in primaries, and 'surprisingly', most of the establishment media (both liberal and conservative), indirectly welcomed the result with a kind of relief.
Many progressives reacted with a kind of embarrassment on Cori Bush's response, yet in reality she did nothing wrong. It was certain tactics by the Fox tool that made Bush appear unreliable, and in this case, these tactics were (unfortunately) successful.
Examine again the video.
First of all, the Fox tool literally invaded in the place and started aggressively asking questions to Cori Bush about that tax issue. The tactic is very common in corporate media. Instead, when they know that the person they 'interviewing' is a defender of the neoliberal establishment lines, they put him/her in a completely controlled environment, avoiding difficult questions, which are usually passed to that person before the interview.
A second, common tactic, is to aggressively repeat the question, continuously interrupting the person they 'interview'. The goal is to increase the level of anxiety and prevent the person to control his/her thoughts because this will permit the person to give a concise, clear answer.
Yet, the most important is that if you consider the question itself for a minute, you will realize that it actually makes no sense.
The fact that the Fox tool asks a candidate for the primaries to give a specific number about the tax rate, is actually irrational. The tax policy is a complicated matter and the final rates will be decided by the new government and its specialists. A reasonable question in this case would be, for example, whether the policies will be directed to put an end in these outrageous tax-cuts for the rich, in order to pay their fair share to the society. And Cori Bush's position is actually very clear on that issue.
In fact, the only mistake that Cori Bush did, was to try to answer the question conserning the tax rate. She should respond by indicating that it is not reasonable for someone to expect an answer to that question under these circumstances. Such a response would turn against the Fox tool and make him appear unreliable and even ridiculous.
Bear in mind that these types of questions by the establishment tools are very common in every country that has been taken over by neoliberalism. They become more frequent and aggressive against representatives of political forces that emerge to fight the dominant political class.
It is also interesting that, as it seems, it is difficult for the liberal media to launch straight attacks against progressives because they are running under the Democratic umbrella. Their anti-progressive campaigns are smoother, more elegant if you like, related to these of the ultra-conservative media. So, they let media like Fox do the dirty job for them, hoping that they will crush the progressive movement. The narratives used by both the liberal and the ultra-conservative media are the same. What changes, is the manner and the general strategy against progressives.