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Oh, Fox

If there is any doubt left that Fox News is a conservative propaganda outlet, check out this latest bit of magic:

While Fox & Friends has long been a home for some of the most viciousmisleadingpetty, anddishonestattacks on President Obama, they crossed a new ethical line today by producing and airing what is essentially a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad.

The video — opening with the text “Fox & Friends Presents” — played lines from Obama’s past speeches mixed with commentary from unidentified speakers and graphics purporting to show that Obama has broken the promises he’s made since his 2008 campaign. The graphics were accompanied by loud, epic, scary music played over grainy video footage. Watch:

But while the video could be mistaken for a campaign ad on behalf of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, it wasn’t. It was a segment produced by a show on a network that bills itself as “fair and balanced.” The network has continued to push the limits of its outright promotion of conservative politicians and policies, and Fox & Friends has been at the forefront. The show regularly acts as the communications arm of the GOP, attacking Democrats, promoting Republicans, and broadcasting GOP talking points, sometimes word for word. Co-host Gretchen Carlson has repeatedly advised GOP candidates how to promote their ideas in order to defeat their Democrat opponents.

In time, this will cement Fox’s reputation.  This was a campaign ad, pure and simple.  And misleading as well, just like most of their work.  The free support that the GOP gets from Fox isn’t counted along with the flood of money from other sources.

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They’re heading for a cliff

Lou Dobbs has gone full-on Glenn Beck, chalkboard and all.  Not sure how long they can push this communist tripe for.  If history is any lesson, the answer is: forever.


Oreilly-prop

More of Bill O’reilly turning May Day into a communist holiday…

It’ll never stop bothering me that millions of people believe what this fool is thinking.  You can see him smiling at the end, my guess is that he knows what he’s saying is bullshit, but who knows.  He’s one of the best propagandists around.

I’d really like to know what conservatives think our society should look like.  Apparently, it wouldn’t include “taking stuff from other people”.  I just really want to see them explain how/if we should pay for roads and what not.  Things like bridges generally involve taking from other people.  Even that is worth celebrating in my mind, never mind taking from people to make sure that other people, usually children, can eat.

Next, he lumps in Occupy with the tiny minority that unfortunately caused damage and violence.  No need for nuance here. This is another classic tactic.  The actual Occupy councils are vehemently non-violent.

He also mentions the Cleveland incident where people involved with Occupy were basically entrapped into agreeing to participate in an attempt to blow up a Cleveland bridge.  Of course the entrapment was not mentioned.

Bill O’reilly proves that truth is stranger than fiction.


To a man? ha ha

Monica Crowley’s now infamous, super funny tweet about Sandra Fluke’s engagement, the Georgetown student who testified about the need for expanding women’s access to contraception:

But it wasn’t a joke, just a ‘straightforward question’:

She then, of course apologized after so many people noticed:

Look, I could really care less about the gay/lesbian jokes.  It’s mean, yeah, but  I use the term ‘gay’ all the time, but I don’t direct my virtiol at actual people.

But anyways, I thought Ms. (soon to be Mrs.) Fluke was a little slutty slut that is ‘having so much sex that she can’t afford contraception.  She’s having so much sex she can’t walk right.  They are lined up around the block!’

Now she’s a dykey lesbian, because she has short hair, or something.  I think these people need to have their head checked.

On a related note, the people at Media Matters that love to make Fox squirm have a new book out.  We already knew a lot of this, but just more evidence to pile on that they are solely a political operation.

Here’s the BookTv video of ‘The Fox Effect’ summary, some reading, and exactly the type of questions you would expect to be hurled at Media Matters, with the great work they are doing.

the fox effect


OMG, Big Gov’t Obama

Here’s your scary, communist, big gov’t dictator Obama:

Via Paul Krugman.

This is absolutely ridiculous in so many ways compared to Republican rhetoric, it’s not even funny.  At all.

You see, this whole time I thought Obama was like Hitler.  Or Stalin.  No, it was Mao.  Either way, he’s a communist, right?  Or a socialist?  Well, he hung out with commies.  And ate dog meat.  ‘Cause that’s what commies do.

REPUBLICANS: You are being lied to.  Where is the growth of Government?  It’s not there.  It’s not there.  Repeat:  It’s not there.

“But, but, the government spending to GDP ratio!”

Sigh.

I just spent time fixing a door at a clients’ house, and he watches Fox News all day.  We spoke of politics, and it was the same old BS with most people.  Arguing with someone who repeats the same talking points as Fox is impossible to debate.  It’s quite frustrating, just trying to get them to pay attention to corporations rather than poor people.  Why does he care more about some poor guy with 4 kids cheating the system than Exxon and GE making $50B and paying no taxes?  Which is worse?  Should those misdeeds be on equal footing?

1 more thing:  Everyone seems to know exactly One person who is cheating the system on welfare, and assumes that’s how people want to live.  That’s like, classism, or something.

 

 


Ayn Rand was an atheist

Georgetown University has called out Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, on his budget which is popular among his colleagues:

Dear Rep. Paul Ryan,

Welcome to Georgetown University. We appreciate your willingness to talk about how Catholic social teaching can help inform effective policy in dealing with the urgent challenges facing our country. As members of an academic community at a Catholic university, we see your visit on April 26 for the Whittington Lecture as an opportunity to discuss Catholic social teaching and its role in public policy.

\However, we would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.”

It calls for massive tax cuts for the rich, and other massive cuts in programs for the poor to pay for those tax cuts.  Obviously, (although you may not have noticed recently) that is not on the religious agenda.

I’m glad this happened at Georgetown, the same place with the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh birth control fiasco.  Maybe it’ll show the Fox News rubes (probably not) that they’re not just shilling for Obama like they think everyone else is who agrees with him on any particular issue.

But more importantly, finally someone is saying the obvious:  it’s ridiculous and evil to put forward the Ayn Rand agenda under the auspices of Christian doctrine, or faith, or whatever Ryan the budget fraud is calling it.  Georgetown saw this for what it is:

In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.

Let’s hope the religious left starts to speak up, big time.