I sometimes cynically joke about the cable news Goliath I have referred to as "Fox Mushroom Farm" because the worldview they peddle is distinctively bent. They will drop obviously untrue spin into discussion of a topic, like claiming that somehow President GWB was responsible for getting Bin Laden, in ways that barely straddle reality as we know it. Sometimes, the degree of selectivity is pretty damn apparent, as when, just this past week, FOX cut away from the powerful speech of Gold Star father Khizr Khan, to air commercials. To "disappear" the patriotism and sacrifice of immigrant Muslim Americans. Because it does not fit the propaganda needs of the Mushroom Farm.
But when you consider the propaganda use in public as a proselytizing tool, and wed it with what we are beginning to understand of Roger Ailes' perverted and paranoiac world-view (where the queers were coming to get him, among other peculiar deceits) to what appears to have been a remarkably persistent pattern of using sex and sexism as a weapon to control female employees, the resemblance of Fox News to a cult becomes extraordinarily clear.
This is why the hair-raising use of a long-time employee, Lauie Luhn, in this particular way, which show signs of alienating and grooming in a predatory fashion a person so as to make her fulfill her necessary role in an org, isn't too much unlike the worst stories I hear out of, say, Scientology.
Once you start to understand Fox News as having the features of a cult, seeing them as the blathering weirdos down on the ranch becomes much easier to understand, and considering the content of their programming, helps to make one appreciate why a kind of counter-programming or even deprogramming might be necessary for people invested in the message produced.
But take a good look at that picture of Roger Ailes creating a sexual harassment culture, and consider the young women who just wanted to be journalists and thought maybe, this was how it was supposed to work. Because sexism is persistent outside of Fox News, too. But they seem to have made it a cornerstone of their ops, and I don't think they did so just because it was convenient or "hot" but because it leveraged people to be journalistically flexible, too.
I don't know the whole story, it's just that what I can limn makes me feel incredibly disgusted.