On Tuesday’s Your World, guest host Alexis Glick didn’t bother to hide her horror that Wal-Mart had signed a letter endorsing President Obama’s plan to require big businesses to give their employees health insurance. “What in the world is going on at Wal-Mart,” she asked as if the very notion of ensured coverage were an outrage.
I seem to recall that Bill O’Reilly got incensed over “hate speech” on liberal blogs. Does he ever read Fox Nation where the latest race baiting thread has a photo of Michelle Obama next to Carla Bruni, the wife of the French President. The Fox Nation readers are invited to “caption” it.
I seem to recall that Bill O’Reilly got incensed about the disrespectful treatment of Sarah Palin in an Emimem video. Does he ever read Fox Nation where racist (and other stupid and hateful) comments about our First Lady are just part of the terrain of a “nation” where ignorance, hatred, and racism are the “American Dream.” Stay classy, Fox Nation!
To see Fox’s history of attacking the Obamas, visit Fox Attacks.
On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Glenn Beck devoted his entire show to attacking ACORN with what seemed to be reruns of past segments. But – lo and behold! – the show also included Beck’s get-together with BFF Bill O’Reilly from May 28 in which they seemed to finally be admitting that their evidence of any ACORN badness is pretty thin. But they didn’t let little details like lack of proof or factual verification stand in the way of a good smear. Beck even threw the Obamas into it, while also admitting it was pure speculation. Rock on!
As part of the “culture war,” Bill O’Reilly must be a commissioned officer in the anti-choice storm trooper division. In “looking out for us,’ he knows what’s best for women and as such, is very concerned about their reproductive organs.
His dismay about the demise of the white, Christian, male power structure indicates that he would love to go back to those halcyon days when big daddy knew best, and submissive mommy stayed home, baked cookies, and had nice, white babies; the good old days when uppity women, who denied their mission as mothers, bled to death or were maimed for life as a result of back alley abortions and “homemade” remedies for unwanted pregnancy (served em right, eh, Bill?); those happy days when women accepted the “shame” of an unintended pregnancy, dropped out of school, and gave their babies up for either adoption in a nice white home, or not so nice orphanages where abuse ran rampant.
Because the late Dr. Tiller (and the women who accessed his service) defied Bill’s 50′s world view, Bills continues his justification of his jihad against Tiller and those stupid, silly women who have late term abortions.
On yesterday’s (6/4/09) Your World, Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson joined host Neil Cavuto to discuss the good news that Wal-Mart is hiring 22,000 workers “without any government stimulus at all.” Rather than analyze or investigate the circumstances of the hires, Fox used the news to take a swipe at the Obama administration – and America’s workers – by suggesting that this had proved the government stimulus package was unnecessary. The “fair and balanced” segment featured a host and guest with, essentially, the same opinion.
Andy Cobb (you can read more about him here) found inspiration in our post about Glenn Beck’s incest fantasy, which he delved into at great length in his book, The Real America. Now Cobb has brought Beck’s words to life!
Alex Koppelman, at Salon.com, caught former Pennsylvania Senator and Fox News contributor Rick Santorum playing love doctor on On The Record Monday night (6/1/09). Santorum joined the GOP/FOX News attacks on Obama for going on a date with his wife to NYC. But Santorum took it to comical new levels when he offered his condescending thoughts about how Obama, as a role model to the under-married African American community, ought to take his wife to the corner bar instead.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh called Judge Sonia Sotomayor, just nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, “a reverse racist,” appointed by “the greatest living example of a reverse racist.”
In synch with Limbaugh, albeit more delicately, Live Desk repeatedly suggested Sotomayor and Obama were racists because a) Sotomayor has said that gender and national origin play a role in judging; and b) Obama said that her “personal story” matters. But later, they took it a step further by distorting Sotomayor’s comments about the role of ethnicity and gender in judging and then legitimizing Limbaugh’s charge by playing the clip of his accusations and asking their guest for a reaction. Updated: Sotomayor’s comments were made while discussing the importance of diversity in race and sex discrimination cases.
Continuing with his (as Alan Colmes calls it) “Save My Legacy” tour, Dick Cheney visited Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday. Cheney insisted he is not anti-union, citing an earlier membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. But in his next breath, Cheney falsely claimed the Employee Free Choice Act would eliminate secret ballots “in terms of the question of organizing unions.” Then Cheney went on to praise Ronald Reagan’s firing of every striking air traffic controller in 1981. I’d hate to know what Cheney’s version of anti-union looks like.
During the second of a two-part interview on Your World, Cheney said, “I’m not anti-labor union. I carried a ticket for six years in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in my youth… I do think the legislation that the administration’s supporting and that the unions are pushing hard, the so called ‘card check’ law would do away with the secret ballot in terms of the question of organizing unions. I think it would be a huge mistake.”
As The Christian Science Monitor reported (H/T Media Matters), the Employee Free Choice Act does not “do away with the secret ballot.” It gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up (“card check”) or an election by secret ballot.
Anybody see the White House Correspondents Dinner? President Obama and Wanda Sykes were funny and I loved the jokes about Fox. Obama joked that the whole press corps had voted for him and then apologized to the Fox table. Sykes ribbed Hannity about chickening out of his offer to be waterboarded. “He can’t take a waterboarding. I can break Sean Hannity just by giving him a middle seat in coach.”