It is a strategy of the conservatives, one Gingrich himself perfected. Whatever you do that is dishonest and disreputable, claim the other side is doing it. Say it often enough and loud enough and people will believe it to be true, and let the things you are doing slide, as though you had no choice but to participate in the lies in order not to be overwhelmed by them. The calculation, and they are right for the most part, is that people will not discern who started the lies, and which are most pernicious. And with FOX news, the conservatives have a built in LOUDER and OFTEN ENOUGH platform that makes their strategy particularly effective.
What America needs is a revitalization of real news reporting, in an effort to tell the truth. Instead of just saying that a bill was killed in Congress, report on who and how and why it was killed. The Republicans used the fillibuster in the Senate to kill bills and appointments in record levels these past two years. Bills and appointments that America needs and majority of Americans support (Bill and his dad excepted, of course). Government itself is not broken, it has been taken hostage by a wing of the Republican party whose aim it is to make Government dysfunctional. Why? Because they are the party of smaller government...they run on anti-government agendas. By making the government dysfunctional they increase their chances of getting elected. Thankfully, at least in Presidential politics, the American people did not fall for it. But at the Congressional level, with all the gerrymandering of redistricting to favor incumbents, the American people have left the country with a dysfunctional House (and likely Senate, as well).
We should not have to watch Comedy Central to learn the truth about who is destroying the political process in this country. It should be the duty of every news reporter on radio and TV to broadcast the facts and educate the public with the truth. At a minimum that should be their duty as owners of FCC licenses. And their licenses should be pulled if they continue to give a platform to extremists lies and idiotic polemicists like the Donald. And we Americans should be demanding it. Nothing will change unless we use our voices (our pens and computers as well) and pocketbooks and demand it.