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Has Fox Been Playing The Nazi Card?

Reported by Priscilla - August 1, 2008 -

Remember when the republican rightwing had its panties in a bunch about comparisons of the Bush administration with Nazis. They were just sooo outraged about Democratic Senator Dick Durbin’s comparison of Gitmo to Nazi death camps. But in an amazingly hypocritical volte-face, the same rightwing uses Fox News to label anyone who strays from republican orthodoxy as – guess what – Nazis.

After receiving his talking point, Bill O’Reilly went on the offensive. In March of 2007, Bill O’Reilly in discussing the Democratic Party’s opposition to Democrats participating in a Fox News televised debate in Nevada, said that “the Daily Kos or whatever that stupid thing is,” and others “use propaganda techniques perfected by Dr. Joseph Goebbels.”. In July of 2007, Bill O’Reilly compared Daily Kos to Nazis saying that There's no difference between the KKK and the Nazis, who have websites, than the Daily Kos. He also said that The website sells hate, as does the KKK and the Nazis. The comparison is valid." (Comment: Oh, the irony!) And who could forget that magical moment when Bill O’Reilly said, regarding Arianna Huffington, : "I don't see any difference between Huffington and the Nazis." And in discussing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Obama guilt by association), non Mensa candidate, Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt said regarding Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "I mean, Hitler did great things. Many Germans followed Hitler because they thought he did great things."

Last week’s Obama Berlin was acclaimed, by those in the reality based media, as impressive; but that didn’t stop Steve Doocy (not an historian) from making Barack Obama comparisons with Hitler. Stewart did a piece on Obama’s appearance in Berlin which included a clip from the Fox morning kids show, Fox&Friends. Steve Doocy, not his usual inanely happy self (Obama was getting good reviews), made a statement which served to demonstrate either his lack of knowledge or a Fox talking point (or maybe both). Stewart showed a clip of Steve, not his usual cartoonish self, telling the audience that Obama was speaking at a monument “associated with Adolph Hitler.” Stewart’s response was priceless. The video, which includes a great Brit Hume imitation, is here:

The “association” of the monument with Hitler is a stretch as explained here:

I"t was moved to its current location, on the Grosser Stern plaza in the middle of the city's Tiergarten park, in the late 1930s as part of never-completed plans by Adolf Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, for a grandiose remake of Nazi Germany's capital, which was to be renamed "Germania." (Comment: Fox never lets the facts get in the way of propaganda. But association with Nazis – at least Obama didn’t visit a German SS cemetery as did a past “messianic” Republican president!)

And to continue this theme of Obama as Hitler, we have Fox’s favorite Canadian neo-con, Charles Krauthammer making this cute little statement “I’m not sure — I don’t think he got a bounce. I’m not sure it was his intention. You don’t get a bounce out of standing in front of 200,000 Germans at a rally who are chanting your name. Bad vibes sometimes, historically.”

Comment: When Democrats use Nazi references, Fox gets upset - when Fox uses Nazi references to compare a Democratic Presidential Candidate to Nazis, not so much. But the Nazi card is just another in Fox’s tainted deck of Obama smears.