Josh Marshall points out that the Federalist Society-captured Supreme Court shares an origin story with Fox News. Read the whole thing here if you can, but to summarize: Conservatives were outraged by the so-called activism of the Warren Court, the majority of which they believed was a partisan bloc that pushed the Democratic Party’s agenda.
They were wrong about that; the Warren Court wasn’t reliably partisan, and in any case, its make up could hardly be the work of the Democratic Party since five of its nine members, including Earl Warren, were Eisenhower appointees. Regardless, in response to this fictional partisan outrage, conservatives launched a multi-decade project (eventually known as the Federalist Society) to make the court a tool of the Republican Party, a project that came to fruition in 2020.
Conservatives were outraged by a “liberal media” that never really existed either. As Marshall notes, the pre-Fox News networks and cable outlets might be accurately described as “cosmopolitan” in outlook, but they weren’t affiliated with nor actively solicitous of the Democratic Party. Nonetheless, conservatives responded by creating an overtly partisan network of their own, and here we are.
I’d never really thought of it that way, but it checks out. It’s also no coincidence that the work products of both the Fox News network and the Fox News Court are shoddy and corrupt. They weren’t created to produce real news or sound legal opinions; they exist to secure partisan ends.