FOX Hates the (Fictional) President

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What’s up with FOX prime time shows killing off U.S. presidents? While corporate sister FOX News is happy just to assassinate the characters of liberal presidential candidates, FOX prime time shows take it one step further by knocking off presidents the second they hint at a lefty policy position.

Last season, “Prison Break” took out the prez after he said he’d sign a forward-looking energy bill. Now, characters on “24” are plotting to assasinate the president (above right) because he refused to approve a plan to torture bad guys, suspend habeas corpus, etc. Does FOX have any other fictional presidents left to kill? Conspiracy theorists, go nuts.

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Related: A special shout-out to friend-of-MoJo James Cromwell. Generally known for playing the kind-hearted farmer in “Babe,” he’s now joined “24” as Jack Bauer’s murderous, terrorist-loving father from hell. He’s seen here killing his own son, Graem, with a dose of lethal drugs. Charming!

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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