Let’s look at known facts and how we came to this status quo behavior by the media.
Conservatives, generally, are more motivated by fear, having larger amygdala than non-conservatives.
If a person is more easily driven by emotion, then they are more likely less driven by logic/reason.
Religion is highly emotional, with much less room for logic. Essentially, one will never “win” an argument with certain emotionally charged religious people (you all know them–do you not?), because they do not abide by the rules of logic for engagement in the first place.
This is how they were able to use an ad hominem fallacy against Bill Clinton for getting a BJ in the oval office. The entirety of the GOP was behind the effort to impeach, not for any logical reason, but just because of the emotion relating to their moral judgement.
This is how the right fuels the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, the war on countries afar that don’t endanger us one iota: fear.
However, Reagan was the first to really court the right, anti-gay, anti-abortion Christians. He and evangelism became inseparable. Reagan now sits to the right of Jesus in Heaven.
When Christians could cite religion as their excuse to deny scientific facts regarding abortion, or same sex relationships — they were not called liars by the press, because they unfortunately pussy-foot around religion–supposedly “respecting” their right to practice it, and then project it onto the political landscape.
In essence, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority (1979) is why we now have a presidency that denies science and the unraveling climactic holocaust. They transformed, in the minds of their followers, the concept of science as founded in proven facts to instead a system based upon belief. Therefor, one can then believe in science (not fact but beliefs) or have faith in the one true God — but not both—because they became almost mutually exclusive.
And proving that facts are really not facts, to those who are more motivated by fear/emotion than by logic, is not very hard to accomplish.
“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening,” said our beloved orange IT clown.
_“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”_George Orwell, 1984.
Our religious fascists paved the way for our political fascists. And media stood by politely while it happened, and they still are.