Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fox: They Distort, They Decide (that viewers are too dumb to notice)

On Faux Newz, the fairly unbalanced channel, boot-licking, Sean Hannity had a big week ignoring major gaffes by his guests. First came Sarah Palin who was trying to show off her foreign policy knowledge, responding to a question by Hannity on how we should handle the nuclear threat posed by Iran. It didn't take long for it to become abuntantly clear that she doesn‘t know the difference between Iraq and Iran. 

Can you believe that there are actually some Americans who think that she‘s qualified to be president?  This woman clearly is not ready for national politics.  What is clear is that she wants to make a ton of money on her book tour and clearly will on the backs of her lower middle class supporters who believe she's the real deal and will plunk down their hard earned money (please watch video at the end of this paragraph to watch an example of her supporters).  The sad thing is, I'm willing to bet most of them won't read anything except the back cover, the inside of the dust jacket and probably look through the 16 pages of color photos. The thing about the video above is Hannity sitting there like the president of her fan club and not at least nudging her that she's got her countries mixed up.  If she just misspoke once, I could see him giving her a pass, but after several times in 1:03, he ends up looking just as ignorant as she does.  There's several things about her popularity that are disturbing.  The fact that she doesn't know the difference between Iraq and Iran makes me think she has no understanding of world events.  The fact that she doesn't know the difference between a continent and a country makes me think she flunked geography.  Her word salad speaking ability makes me think she flunked english.  The fact that she didn't know "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 makes me think she flunked history.  The fact that it took her over a year to figure out what she reads makes me think fellow wingnut Dick Armey finally told her what to say.  The fact that she had no clue what Charlie Gibson was talking about when he asked her, her opinion of the Bush Doctrine which makes me think McCain's handlers flunked vetting.  Scariest of all, many of her supporters are willing to vote for her because they find her attractive or that she's an average person...just like them.  On her attractiveness, that's subjective.  While I don't find her offensive to look at, the minute she opens her mouth, the ugliness is impossible to ignore.  As far as her being "just like them"...what the hell is wrong with these people?!  I don't want my president to be average or just like me.  We saw what eight years of having a guy who folks thought they could have a beer with got us.  I want my president to be way above average, maybe even a Harvard Law School graduate.  I don't want to be able to beat our president in a debate about policy!


Then came Hannity's interview with former Press Secretary Dana Perino who President Obama recently nominated to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent agency responsible for overseeing the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other non-military broadcasts sponsored by the federal government.  What the hell is he thinking?  In a discussion on Hannity's show, Perino claimed that President Obama was playing politics by refusing to describe the massacre at Fort Hood as a terrorist attack. "We should call it what it is," she said. "We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term."  Is she kidding?


One again, did you notice the lack of correction from Hannity or Stuart Varney?  I know the Bush Administration tried to pin 9/11 on Former President Clinton for 7 years and 3 months, but do they actually believe that people don't remember who was sitting in a Florida kindergarten classroom being read "My Pet Goat" by 5 year olds on September 11, 2001?  A few months later, five people were killed in the anthrax attacks.  Clearly, conservatives want to call the Fort Hood murders, terrorism so that they can claim there was a terrorist attack on Obama's watch and use that for campaigning by saying he's weak on national security/defense.  The thing is, by definition, terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.  I don't think what Major Nidal Hasan did accomplished any of those things.  Even though we know that Hasan had exchanged several emails with a radical Yemeni American cleric, there's also a paper trail of him not wanting to be deployed to kill Muslims.  This is a disturbed man who should've been removed from the military two years ago, who snapped and belongs behind bars for the rest of his life.  Yet, Perino went on to say "I hope they're not looking at this politically. I do think that we owe it to the American people to call it what it is."  So who is actually playing politics with this tragic event?  Do the right thing Mr. President, recind that nomination from this spin machine.

Is Fox so sure of it's complete mastering of brainwashing their loyal sheep that they get more brazen as time moves on?  In 2004, they actually won a lawsuit by using the defense that they didn't need to use facts as they are an infotainment channel!  The "fair and balanced" catch phrase they flash repeatedly has always represented a subliminal message to their weak minded viewers.  As time has moved on, the lies have gotten more outrageous, which led to the White House calling them out for what they are.  Former White House communications director Anita Dunn said, "Let's not pretend they're a news network, Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. What I think is fair to say about Fox, and certainly the way we view it, is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party."  And White House senior adviser David Axelrod added that they're "not really a news station", their viewers were outraged, infiltrating left wing blogs while brandishing their ignorance about the fact that their favorite channel doesn't use facts!  I saw countless copied Nielson ratings posts about how many viewers were watching them as if to prove that the estimated 3 million angry, undereducated fools determined the pulse of the country. My standard gas on the fire response is, "that's because the Faux sheep need to have their bigotry and ignorance justified on a daily basis. Liberals are confident enough in their beliefs that we don't need daily reassurance."  Furthermore, none of them seem to realize that these are not "hard numbers", but an estimate based on 25,000 Nielson homes out of 114,000,000 U.S. homes. Who watches the most tv? Angry, white, middle-aged conservatives.  As the saying goes, "You can have your own opinion, but you can't have your own facts."  The next comparison is always "MSNBC does it too."  Not exactly.  MSNBC isn't promoting progressive rallies, like Fox did with several conservative "Teabagger" events. Fox sponsored and sent their nighttime anchors out to multiple locations to cover the "grass roots" events.  The closest thing MSNBC has done via Olbermann's Countdown is assist the National Association of Free Clinics in getting donations for free health care clinics to underprivileged areas.  Let's see, one station chose to support anti-Obama rallies (let's just be honest here), the other channel chose to help those less fortunate.  Indeed, MSNBC has three hours of liberal commentators with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, who are increasingly focused on the dual task of holding President Obama to a progressive agenda and criticizing his detractors. MSNBC also has three hours of conservative talk with Joe Scarborough and daily guest, nazi Pat Buchanan, who are focused on criticizing the President and defending his assailants!  Chris Matthews is a conservative Democrat, so I laugh when the right calls him liberal.  They haven't figured out that not all Democrats are liberal just because all Republicans are conservative.  The rest of the MSNBC news line-up is a mixed bag of hopefuls along with Andrea Mitchell (Mrs. Alan Greenspan).  Fox counters with supposed liberal Alan Colmes who everyone knows is a joke, except their loyal viewers.  Even Colmes is in on it which makes his sellout all the more disgusting.  He makes the exact case that Fox wants to promote, that Democrats and/or liberals are weak and he's paid quite handsomely for it.  The bottom line is that Fox is right wing propaganda 24/7.

Palin Punked By A Comedian...Again
Once again, I thought the body of my article was complete, but this is too good to not report. Canadian Comedian Mary Walsh is the co-creator and star of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", a nightly news parody show in the same vein as "The Daily Show."  She arrived in character, as conservative Marg Delahunty to the Borders in Columbus, Ohio where Palin was signing books.  It's bad enough that Fox favorite pin-up doesn't want to see our health care system improved, now she's venturing into Canada's health care system telling Walsh that "Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit!"  In addition to those comments, Walsh said, she found it equally bizarre that no one was allowed to ask Palin any questions at the book-signing. "It was great fun, but also very strange," Walsh recalled. "We're in a bookstore, at a public event, in a place one would think was a bastion of free speech. And no one was allowed to ask questions. What are they afraid of?"

Quick Thoughts: The best line of the week from an unknown commentator on Huffington Post, “If Sarah Palin ever wins the presidency, Canada will have to build a wall on it’s southern border.”... “The Wrap’s” Dylan Stableford quotes a Fox News insider as saying Bill O'Reilly had a "hissyfit" over the fact that Hannity's interview with Palin would air first, so he released a teaser of his Palin interview on his YouTube channel, a move Stableford characterized as "going rogue" and a "pre-emptive strike. You know, with the Republicans eating their own, it really is fitting that the egomaniacs at Faux would follow suit.  Get the popcorn, this could be fun!... Bat shit crazy Michele Bachmann and Palin will be speaking at the National Tea Party Convention in Tennessee in February. "Press will be allowed in a designated section of the lobby of the convention only and will not be allowed inside the convention, there will be no media allowed for the banquet with Sarah Palin." I don't know about you, but it makes me wonder what they're hiding... Howard Dean thinks that Joe Lieberman should give up his chairmanship of Senate Homeland Security Committee if he can't bring himself to oppose a Republican filibuster of health care reform legislation.  Never mind letting him give it up, Harry Reid needs to issue an ultimatum and stick with it. "You caucus with the Democrats, you're with us or you're not.  Here's the price"... Speaking of Joe, after ignoring several requests from Rachel Maddow to appear on her show after stating he'd welcome a serious policy debate, I love that blogger Mike Stark found him in person and asked him to debate Rachel and his response was, "No, no, she's got a point of view". Does he not understand that a debate is a discussion of opposing views?  Sitting around with his like minded pals on Fox Sunday isn't a debate. Heck, she even offered him a shake and a cookie!... Rush Limbaugh and Glenn "he's a hoot" Beck (twice) called Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu a prostitute and hooker for allowing discussion of the health care reform bill. So Christian of them. This sexist attitude is one of the reasons why the GOP should continue to struggle to attract a majority of female voters. Imagine had Olbermann called Palin or Bachmann one of those things. The right would've organized a campaign to get him fired. While Keith has his fun with those two with their ineptness politically, he's never stepped over that line.  The cons don't think their side has a line. So Sarah, Michele or Carrie Prejean, where's your outrage?  Where's that double-standard?... Lou Dobbs is considering a Senate run in New Jersey.  How big does your ego have to be to think being an opinion commentator makes you qualified for office?  The police refuted his claims of gun shots at his house.  They've determined that the gunshots were from hunters nearby and not an attack on he and his wife. Lou figured it was a great way to get publicity and maybe some sympathy. Right wingers never want to hear facts. They get in the way of a perfectly good lie... A funny thing happened as I was finishing this up on this Thanksgiving evening, Beck put to rest any rumors of one possible "dream team" ticket. On his radio show today, Beck said he was absolutely ruling out the possibility of running for office with Saracuda at the top of the ticket.  It also appears that his true opinion of the former governor was expressed.  BECK: I don't think things are hoots. I don't. I don't think it's a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word 'hoot.' No, no I'm just saying -- Beck-Palin, I'll consider. But Palin-Beck -- can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She'd be yapping or something, and I'd say, "I'm sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I'm not in the kitchen." ...ouch...
If you want to listen in entirety, here's the clip: Beck Turns Down Ticket With Palin, Makes Sexist Remark

Until the next time...

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