Fox Derangement Syndrome

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Fox Derangement Syndrome is an idiomatic phrase used to refer to wildly exaggerated overreaction to the news, opinion shows, and very existence of the Fox News Channel. Although the term did not exist at the time, a good example occurred during the December 1, 2003 broadcast of Hardball with Chris Matthews, in which liberal Democrat political commentator Chris Matthews asked liberal Democrat politician Howard Dean, "Would you break up Fox?", to which Dean replied: "On ideological grounds, absolutely yes."[1]

Political commentator Michelle Malkin used the phrase on her website on February 16, 2006.[2] Journalist Bernard Goldberg uses it as a chapter title of his book Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve, which was reviewed by U. S. News and World Report.[3]

Fox Derangement Syndrome has been said to have been shown by Keith Olbermann,[4] Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Matthews, Angelina Jolie, John Edwards, Howard Dean, Robert Greenwald,[5] and USA Today's blog.[6] The administration of Barack Obama has not only been very blunt about its Fox Derangement, but has openly waged a campaign of attacks against the network.[7]


  5. [1] Greenwald appears in Outfoxed
  6. Fox News Headquarters Fire Cheered at USA Today Blog, Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters, December 18, 2007