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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fox and "Friends"

There's been a disturbing wave of wacko making its way across the country this summer, a frightening combination of ignorance and hatred that really tests the limits of the Fox News mantra and the mainstream media's tolerance of the Tea Party movement's fringe.

Let's start with the Iowa billboard, since removed, comparing Barack Obama to Vladimir Lenin and Adolf Hitler. The Iowa Tea Party co-founder says it was intended to send the message "radical leaders prey on the fearful & naive."

Leave aside the poor reading of history and politics that Tea Partiers are guilty of by believing that a fascist philosophy is somehow alive in the heart of what the consider to be a left-wing socialist, and you are still left with a stunning message of hatred in comparing Obama to a mass murderer.

Needless to say, that type of virulent hatred has caught the attention of the NAACP, which passed a resolution declaring the Tea Party to be racist. Hardly surprising for an organization, despite its anachronistic name, has championed the cause of fighting racism.

But that in turn triggered the Queen of the Tea Party.

In an appearance with Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin offered a defense of the Tea Party, claiming that personally they don't care if President Obama is “half white or half Black.” Not the language of a careful and considered speaker.

The paid Fox "analyst" backed it up in a rambling Facebook message in which, with a straight face, she declared ..."Isn’t it time we put aside the divisive politics of the past once and for all."

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck, the man who declared Obama "hates white people," is raising red flags about the New Black Panther Party and it's "disturbing agenda against white people." The group, which Newsweek aptly described as the new ACORN, makes a marvelous vessel in which the right can pile its assertions that the mainstream media ignores real threats to our freedom and safety while picking on the Tea Party.

But we may have finally seen a bit of an effort by that very same mainstream media to take a closer look at the Tea Party cheerleaders.

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, in a profile of Fox's America's Newsroom anchor Bill Hemmer,notes the program's penchant for leading every newscast's first solo guest with a conservative. And while Hemmer claims to be a straight down the middle newsman, insisting that Karl Rove can be a neutral, doesn't lend to his credibility on that score.

It's a start, a small one at that. But it's way past time for the rest of the respectable media to take an in-depth look at the hate coming from the right.

Although in fairness, we should note the University of Texas has had second thoughts about naming a dormitory after a Klansman, who happened to be a popular law professor.

I report. You decide.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Montana said...

The Tea Bag Party are just “haters not debaters” or as others have dubbed them “screamers not dreamers”, with their failed attempts at stopping Healthcare reform, they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only cares about getting elected Governor, on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster.

Brewer signed into law;
1. S.B. 1070,
2. No permit conceal weapons law,
3. The famous Birthers law,
4. Banning Ethnic studies law,
5. Banning human-animal hybrid (aren’t most GOPers crossed with the Reptilian race?)
or are they just giving Laurence Gonzales, some great promotion material for his new book “Lucy”.

6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

8. If she can read she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don’t want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

Well Arizona, you can boycott new holidays and keep passing crazy laws and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and continue to add cities to our Boycott of your state.

I real cannot believe anything that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! No one voted for you for Governor, yet you keep listening to the tiny brains of the crazies and signing into law everything that comes into their feeble minds, it only make you look dumb, stupid or racist, or maybe all three.

As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney’s secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). Yee Haw!

July 15, 2010 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Dogmeat said...

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Tea Party for electing Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown since he voted for the Financial Reform Bill and help the President of the United States with another legislative victory, thank you Tea Party.

The problem is this. Tea Party candidates will win a number of these congressional races because local districts are often safely partisan in nature. They can make their wild, unfounded claims, crazy accusations, etc., and win. That means not only are we likely to see an increase in Republican seats in both houses, we're likely to see more antics, more insanity, more stupidity. At the same time they're going to do everything they can to derail Obama's policies which will likely mean high unemployment, a moribund economy, and more compromises on policy positions that make no one happy.

That could literally mean that if the Republicans put up a legitimate candidate in 2012, they could win. Such a result is bad enough, but the likely response for the Democrats is to move further to the "middle" to placate voters. As we've seen over the last decade, the "middle" in American politics is basically on the verge of being an 80s Republican. Increasingly that means we'll have a political landscape of a conservative party and ratfuck insane parties. The former, given it's track record, slowly moving to the right, the latter, given it's track record, loudly screaming "socialism, communism, fascism!!!"

If we continue on this course, privatization will be socialism.

July 19, 2010 10:57 AM  
Blogger W.C. Varones said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dogmeat.

I'm quite happy with Scott Brown.

He voted for the fake financial reform bill, which is fine. While there's no financial reform in it, it's generally harmless. So Scotty gets to look like a bipartisan compromiser to his leftist Massachusetts electorate by voting for a meaningless bill.

As for "helping the President," go ask your friends and neighbors, "Hey, what do think about that awesome financial reform? What a win, huh?" As if a complete farce of a bill written by the corrupt Dodd and Frank is going to swing any moderates or turn out any base.

Go Scotty B!!!

As for the overall Tea Party, sure there are some nuts. But mainstream Republicans (Boehner et. al.) are the ones who drove this country into a ditch along with Bush and the Democrats. We need reform so desperately that I'll take a few kooks along with the wave of reformers.

July 27, 2010 11:21 PM  

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