I Lost My Mom to Fox News
My mother has always loved television and entertainment. When I was young, we loved watching the Chicago Bulls the NBA for years. We watched the OJ Simpson and Jody Arias court cases attentively. It made her happy, and it seemed to bring us together and was positive overall. Four or five years ago, I had seen her flipping in between all the news channels, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News to get the daily scoop. For the last few years, it has been Fox News only and it’s on all day.
I’ve seen a huge shift in her overall mindset, attitude, and worldview, especially in the last year. She seems more bitter, grumpy, and strained. Visits to the house have become less frequent as every discussion seems to end up in a rant about politics. It seems like I can't talk to her about anything else. Attempts to see how she is, what’s going on with her, how she is feeling all seem to lead to an argument about Trump or Biden. All of her statements seem to contain such strong hate, fear, and irritation. It’s like she is convinced that the world has wronged her and Democrats are clearly the culprits.
Before I continue, I want to assert that this is not a political article. Whatever political party anyone wishes to be part of is up to them. It’s more of a testament to how excessive television coverage is and how it’s creating rifts within families.
In my mind, I believe I have tried every way to relate with her or defuse the situation.
I’ve tried indulging her and really debating the issues, but we cannot seem to agree on what the facts are. We just start talking in circles with rhetoric that I feel only increasingly estranges us. The more I invite her to open up and express herself, the angrier she seems to get. She refuses to turn off the news so I can talk to her and even ups the volume.
I’ve tried saying, “Yea, you know, you’re right and I’m wrong, can we talk about something else now?”
Many times, I’ve brought my wife with me because she will clam up and not argue when she’s around.