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O’Reilly Wonders: Is Obama Selling Out America?

Reported by Ellen - April 4, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

The liberal conspiracies never end in Bill O’Reilly’s right-wing la-la land.

In his Talking Points Memo on Thursday (4/2/09), O'Reilly said, "The far left movement is gaining power as I predicted it would . . . key question, where does Barack Obama stand? Are the right wing pundits correct? Is he "down" with the global justice jihad?"

Cautioned O’Reilly, "There’s no hard evidence to suggest that he is, but he has not repudiated the false vision either. Until President Obama does, speculation will rage."

Speculation raged right in the Talking Points.

O’Reilly opened with the query, "Is President Obama selling out America?" (He first, of course, was compelled to mention gravely that, according to a Fox News Poll, President Obama’s job approval rating is "slipping a bit," with his approval at 58% and disapproval at 32% (a new Gallup poll, however, shows 62% approval, 28% disapproval ) Using his poll numbers as the springboard to bigger and better liberal conspiracies, O’Reilly said that "fear" is driving the President’s numbers down, with "some Americans" believing he has been ineffective and "too socialistic." (Noting in a completely random smear that the Congressional Budget Office is projecting a $9 trillion deficit over the next ten years, O’Reilly failed to mention that the Republican’s new ground-breaking tax-cuts-for-the-rich plan ALONE would cost $4 trillion, and overall it’s estimated that the Republican plan -- and I use that term loosely -- would result in a $500 billion annual budget deficit stretching out until at least 2080.

So, drum roll . . . O’Reilly finally got down to the red meat and potatoes speculation: "They" also think President Obama wants to "lessen the power of America" and sign on for a one-world "combine of governance." In the past, said O’Reilly, that kind of thinking was labeled "loony," but he claims that’s changing. His basis? An article in the Wall Street Journal written by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark, whom O’Reilly quoted as saying that Europe has been protected from the worst of the economic crisis thanks to welfare states built up over the past 60 years to cushion citizens from "the threats . . . from the threats . . . from the threats (O’Reilly emphasis) posed by the free market." (Although the Prime Minister did write that, O’Reilly failed to mention Rasmussen’s reasonable thoughts, such as, "The task facing us is to extend and adapt this unique recipe for prosperity and solidarity to the developing world . . . we have a unique opportunity to develop a new approach," "We must also renew our faith in diplomacy as a means to achieve peace," (peace – a Fox no-no word), and "even European conservatives such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel are calling for a new global financial architecture, better financial regulation and a crackdown on tax havens." Socialistic thinking or not, sounds reasonable to me. And a side note: The word "adapt" does not mean, let’s ram it down their throats; "adapt" means "to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc." Citing the social programs Denmark counts on, O’Reilly went on to quote Rasmussen as saying that the "simplistic dictum of more markets and less government championed by Reagan, Thatcher and their idealogical heirs has failed on a momentous scale." Still sounds reasonable to me.

"Well, Karl Marx could not have said it better," said O’Reilly. "Global justice requires that a one-world government seize private property and distribute it so that every human being has roughly the same amount of resources." Throw your cash in the hat, Bill, distribution time is upon us.

You know, I looked really really hard, but I didn’t see President Obama’s by-line as co-author of that article. I didn’t see him quoted anywhere in it. I didn’t hear an interview with the President saying he wanted to grow up to be just like Rasmussen. I didn’t hear . . . well, you all get the point. The question is not whether Rasmussen’s article is wing-nut material. The question is, what does this guy’s opinion have to do with President Obama? (Oh, I forgot – the link is there between Rasmussen’s "loony" thinking and President Obama because, like with ACORN, Fox News wants it to be there -- that’s good enough journalism for them.)

Ranted O’Reilly, "The Denmark guy’s vision is nothing new but it’s now being recycled as justice." O’Reilly went on to say that, in America, there are a lot of powerful people who subscribe to the theory -- another drum roll – including O’Reilly’s arch-nemesis billionaire George Soros, his other arch-nemesis, former Obama and Clinton advisor John Podesta, and Vermont Senator (a Senator! exclaimed O’Reilly) Bernie Sanders. He tossed in other other arch-nemeses Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid and President Obama himself who, O'Reilly claims, are "sympathetic to the one-world global justice view." Wow, this guy is good! He can read an article by a guy in Denmark and make the intuitive leap that our President and Congress will become global justice groupies!

Well now, we know this speculation (same thing as news in Foxland) is a Fox News bombshell, a breaking story, really getting the scoop, pinning those liberal global justice help-the-Third-World- countries-not-starve-to-death groupies right to the wall. The journalistic skills of O’Reilly and Fox News are truly amazing: One article written by a guy in Denmark and President Obama’s cover is blown.

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