Rather than respond to Maddow's criticism of the politicization of their coverage, they've begun to smear her too. Then they smeared Sherrod, Again...
Let's be honest here - This is what Fox is all about, OPERATION SCARED SHITLESS!
I actually watched most of O'Reilly's show last night - largely because the Daily Show is on hiatus - and it was just plain vile, from start almost to finish. Bill continued his smug attacks on Maddow, and NBC claiming that "Fox creams them in the Ratings" and that's why they're so pissy at Fox.
But wait a minute, Rachel isn't on NBC, she's on MSNBC. Fox creams NBC? In your DREAMs pal.
Cable New Prime Time Ratings for July 21, 2010
P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 2,356,000 viewers
CNN – 687,000 viewers
MSNBC –841,000 viewers
CNBC – 195,000 viewers
HLN – 527,000 viewers
Wow 2.3 Million viewers (for their entire Prime Time Lineup?) How's that compare to NBC?
On the other end of the spectrum is NBC, where "Nightly News with Brian Williams" averaged 9.92 million total viewers for its best first quarter average in five years. ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer" came in second with 8.27 million total viewers, while "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" placed third with 6.45 million total viewers.
Yeah, I'm thinking 2.3 Million is more than 9.9 Million in Fox Math, where they give you "Both Sides" of the equation.
The other stations (including CNN) aren't criticizing Fox out of Jealously, or a desire to steal their thunder - they're criticizing Fox because - YOU LIE.
If voter intimidation is so important to you, why hasn't Fox covered the Minutemen Voter intimidation case? Why do they refuse to admit the New Black Panthers Voter intimidation criminal charges were dropped by the Bush Administration?
Why has Fox failed to report that every law enforcement agency (including the Broklyn DA, California Attorney General and Congressional Research Service) that looked at the ACORN videos has said they didn't break the law, and that in fact - it was O'Keefe the videographer who may have broken several different wire-tap statutes, and is facing several lawsuits in several jurisdictions as well as his recent Federal Conviction in the Landrieu Office Invasion Case?
Maddow didn't say that Fox News deliberately hypes up bogus racial stories - like say the Big Mexican Woman helping Afghanistan go AWOL - because they themselves are Racists, she said - very specifically - that they do it as part of a Political Strategy to fire up the Republican Base.
Big difference there. Here's a TIP: You don't have to be a Racist to use and exploit someone else Racial Paranoia, just a cynical manipulative Douche Nozzle is all. (Although admittedly, it is possible to be both, ala Pat Buchanan)
Also the main criticism of the Tea Party by the NAACP wasn't that they're all Racist, it's that their seemed more than willing to condone and accept it - thereby endorsing and exploiting it - within their rants.
Even Breitbart clearly understands this since the thrust of his counter-attack defending the Tea Party by releasing the Sherrod Video as he's repeatedly claimed wasn't to attack Sherrod, it was to attack the NAACP by showing them accepting Racist arguments in their midst without question or complaint.
Except we now know, that's not what happened - meanwhile, I'm still waiting for the explanation for the "Monkey See, Monkey Spend!" and other signs at Tea Party Rallies which appeared without complaint.
Also it's rather hard to bitch and whine about being called "Racist" (when you weren't) and then turn around and CONTINUE TO CALL SHIRLEY SHERROD A "RADICAL RACIST"!! the way that Laura Ingraham did later in your own program, Billo!
Speaking of Racial Paranoia, where is the evidence that people with Racists sentiments have "burrowed their way into the Obama Administration"? Van Jones was let go for signing a "Let's Fully Investigate 9-11" letter, not a "I Hate Whitey CRakkas!!" letter.
Ingraham : She says that Fox wants to roll back the clock on Racial Discrimination in America.
Yeah, ok - well maybe Sherrod was listening when Fox News Contributor John Stossel doubled down on Rand Paul and said the Civil Rights Act Should Be Repealed!.
No, that's not a mis-quote - listen to him.
STOSSEL: Totally. I'm in total agreement with Rand Paul. You can call it public accommodation, and it is, but it's a private business. And if a private business wants to say, "We don't want any blond anchorwomen or mustached guys," it ought to be their right. Are we going to say to the black students' association they have to take white people, or the gay softball association they have to take straight people? We should have freedom of association in America.
STOSSEL: And I would go further than he was willing to go, as he just issued the statement, and say it's time now to repeal that part of the law
STOSSEL: because private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won't won't ever go to a place that's racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I'll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.
Yes, there is someone at Fox who wants to "Roll discrimination back to the pre-Civil Rights Era" and this isn't a new idea, it's the same idea that Laura Ingraham's ex-boyfriend Dinesh D'souza put in the the mid-90s in his book "The End of Racism", which in his mind required first and foremost Repealing the Civil Rights Act, dismantling Government Anti-discrimination efforts and Affirmative Action Remedies, and just letting the free market work it's "Magic".
That's just brilliant Houdini, brilliant - how well did that plan work for the almost 100 Years between the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and the Civil Rights Act?
And I really don't recall seeing a lot of people at Fox jumping to their feet to oppose Stossel or Paul's ideas on this matter, do you?
The other part that Sherrod argues about involving Racism within the USDA relates to a recent case from the 90's where they reached $Billion settlement with Black Farmers in the South - one that Right-wingers in Congress have so far refused to fund.
We aren't talking about "long past" discrimination in a "very general sense" - we're talking about very specific discrimination, AGAINST BLACK FARMERS BY THE USDA where NO ONE WAS FIRED that occurred in the last 20 years. This isn't some pre-Civil Rights Era chestnut, it's current. In fact, addressing that long standing and current problem within the USDA is exactly the Job the Secretary Vilsack Offered Her. Sherrod isn't making this up because she's got some long racial grievance with White People, exactly the opposite is true, these are the current circumstances the USDA is under. Calling her a "Racist" for recognizing the problem, certainly isn't going to fix the problem.
But here Ingraham ignores the facts of the matter to yet again misconstrue what Sherrod said into a some kind of bigoted stated on her part - Against FOX.
See, the problem isn't just that Fox is exploitative and (probably) bigoted - it's that FOX puts out LIES!
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