Fox Nation's Hypocritical Double Standard For Patriotism
Reported by Ellen - July 4, 2009 -
Those self-glorifying "patriots" at Fox Nation, the site that brags about celebrating "open debate" and "civil discourse," are attacking Gyneth Paltrow for having the nerve to favorably compare Spain to the United States in certain respects (nowhere in the article does Paltrow say she likes Spain better than the U.S.). The "tolerant" Fox site has blown up Paltrow's photo with the denigrating and distorting headline, "Paltrow Puts Down America Again." The hypocritical irony is that next to the Paltrow put down, is a column from Ted Nugent, the same guy who suggested then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should "suck my machine gun, in which he suggests it's time for armed insurrection against the federal government.
As I read the article about Paltrow, I kept wondering where she "put down" America. Maybe Fox was insulted by this:
"(Spain) is so different from the United States. It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old. Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it's from 500 B.C., it's incredible," she said.
"Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren't running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don't always have their Blackberries on."
Or was it this:
Paltrow remains close to the family she lived with in Spain, calling them "my Spanish mother" and "my brothers" from Spain. Her success as an actress, she says, hasn't impressed them.
The 36-year-old actress, who is married to Coldplay's Chris Martin, says she talks to her children in Spanish.
"Moses speaks a little bit, but understands everything. Apple speaks a lot," she says.
OK, so maybe Fox is just very thin-skinned about its love for country. Then how to explain the fact that Nugent gets a pass? The fact that he's there at all without criticism is suspect. This is the guy who said in 2007:
Obama, he's a piece of shit and I told him to suck on one of my machine guns...Let's hear it for them. I was in NY and I said hey Hillary---you might want to ride one of these into the sunset you worthless bitch...Since I'm in California, I'm gonna find-- she might wanna suck on my machine gun! Hey, Dianne Feinstein, ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? Freeeeedom!
The piece by Nugent linked to by Fox Nation is also disturbing. Supposedly in honor of Independence Day, It's far more of a put down to the country than Paltrow nade. He says,
Instead of heeding the warnings of our forefathers, we have embraced big government. Independent? No, over the last half-century we have become more dependent on Fedzilla — the federal beast with a voracious appetite for our tax dollars. We once again are becoming subjects, not citizens.
... Higher taxes and more government lead to economic genocide. Alternatively, lower taxes, less government and more independence lead to prosperity for all who are willing to take advantage of it.
Our forefathers who threw tea over the side of the ship in Boston Harbor knew this. The people who’ve attended Tea Parties know it. Do you?
Sometime during your July 4 celebration, you should take a few moments and read the Declaration of Independence aloud to your children, relatives and guests. Read it slowly. Let the words sink in.
Then reflect on our forefathers, they who bravely signed their names to it, thereby signing their own death warrants.
Think about that. They were willing to die for limited federal government, independence, freedom and liberty.
They didn’t fight and die for freedom so that our government could provide its subjects with housing, food, transportation and health care.
Nugent isn't just putting down the country, he's suggesting that it may be time for a new American revolution.
And this is just a few days after former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer told a sympathetic Glenn Beck that a terrorist attack is the only hope to "save" our country.
So let's see, if you're anti-Democrat, there's virtually no limit on the kind of attacks you can make on the country (or, in the case of Scheuer, call for) but if you're a Democrat, you're a Fox News target any old time they feel like it.