The 24-hour news cycle produces a quick turnaround of stories and greatly impacts discourse throughout America and the world. But what goes hand in hand with the news cycle is the faux outrage cycle— when people pretend furious in regards to recent events. If a mass shooting occurs, the faux outrage cycle falls onto gun control, and if there is a controversial phone call with a foreign leader, the narrative diverts to impeachment as if gun control never mattered.
These outrage cycles produce false anger about serious issues because the narrative constantly changes. The constant shift of important political concerns results in little to no legislation policies or solutions; people can rarely stay fixated on one issue if everyone else has already moved on.
It is easy to spot the faux outrage cycle in how the Democratic Party handles situations. If they are so upset about family separation at the border, climate change, and gun violence, why are they focused on the impeachment inquiry as opposed to finding bipartisan solutions to these problems? It is because the Democrats trivial care about these heart-stopping issues helps them hold and stay onto power years at every time. The question must be asked — do Democrats really desire real solutions to fix dilapidated conditions of this country? The Democrats paint menial things as a crisis to scare people into voting for them. They will say something is urgent and disorderly, and that President Trump is neglectful or responsible for it, even though many top Democrats like Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi have been in office for decades, while Trump has only been in office for 3 years. Their inaction is masked by constantly promising voters a bill of goods, which has managed to keep them in power.
But conservatives are certainly not exempt from this faux outrage. Last week, when Chick Fil A announced that it would end its support for Christian organizations, like the Salvation Army, the conservative establishment was filled with outrage and disbelief. Many are viewing that the restaurant is pandering to the left in order to mend its reputation of being anti-LGBTQ, and are no longer allies to the conservative movement. I’m sorry, what?! I understand that Chick Fil A was founded on Christian principles but I never saw it come out with a statement expressing its love for the conservative movement and the Republican party. It is a chicken store— its job is to make money selling chicken. No more, no less. If you do not like where their support lies, then simply do not eat there! I know for a fact that in a week, conservatives cancel-culture narrative about Chick Fil A would cease, and I bet a few will forget their “values” and continue eating there.
The Faux Outrage Cycle is completely controlled by the media. They have total power over what we talk about, and we hardly recognize it. Tuning out the media and taking the time to listen to real issues affecting the nation would lead to an independent-thinking country. Do not let the media influence your way of thinking. We get angry about nonsense problems for five minutes, and we move on as soon as another scandal occurs.
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