Now the Fascists at Fox Are After Mick Jagger
Reported by Melanie - August 9, 2005
Here we go again. First it was the Dixie Chicks, then Eminem, then Bruce Springsteen, and then...the list goes on and on. Now it's Mick Jagger's turn to be slapped around.
According to Fox's Neil Cavuto, who saw fit to air two segments about this looming crisis today (August 9, 2005), Jagger took a "big jab at the White House" in a "very controversial tune called 'Sweet Neo-Con'" in which "Mick Jagger calls the President a hypocrite and worse. A lot worse."
Cavuto turned to Fox reporter Anita Vogel who said one of the Rolling Stones' "brand new songs seems to take aim at the Bush administration without actually naming any names." She said the Stones' next album will be out in September and, "word is, it will feature a track called 'Sweet Neo-Con,' a song that seems to attack the president."
Fox then showed a graphic with these lyrics:
You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite.
You call yourself a patriot.
Well, I think you are full of s**t!
How come you're so wrong, my sweet neo-con.
Vogel continued: "A publicist for the band says the song doesn't name names and is not about the Bush administration." In closing, lest viewers missed the point, Vogel reminded them about the 2003 boycott of the Dixie Chicks.
After Vogel's report, Cavuto hosted Joseph Anthony of Vital Marketing. Cavuto asked, "Should we boycott him?" We, "boycotted the Dixie Chicks when they railed against the President," he said. Anthony didn't think we should because we have a Constitutional right to say things like this, but nonetheless Cavuto reminded viewers of Eminem's song "Mosh," which Cavuto said "vilified" and "caricatured" Bush, and he brought up Bruce Springsteen who, he said, came out last year "on his political soap box."
Wrapping it up, adding a bit of levity, and trying to make it look like this propaganda belonged in his alleged "business news" show, Cavuto said, "I think this is all planned" and that Jagger wanted to "put a little edge to it" because, after all, he is a "brilliant business man."
Comment: Due to faux patriots like Fox News, the Rush Limbaughs, the Matt Drudges and the Clear Channels of this world, a fairly large segment of our citizenry believes that (l) one should never speak ill of the president - this particular president, that is, and (2) people who disagree with this particular president have no right to say so.
One of the characteristics of fascism is to use violence and modern techniques of propaganda and censorship to forcibly suppress political opposition. I'd say Fox News (Drudge was on this today too) is doing a good job of employing "modern techniques of propaganda" to mount a campaign "to suppress" the "political opposition" posed by Mick Jagger.
By the way, I thought neo-cons were MACHO men. After all, they bomb countries and kill people for no reason. If they're afraid of four lines in a Mick Jagger song, I think girlie man is the shoe that fits. Geez.