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Steve Doocy Doesn’t Like “Dopey” Rules That Discriminate Against Conservative Patriotic Students!

Reported by Priscilla - August 11, 2010 -

My first instinct was to give props to Fox & Friends for providing a counterpoint to yesterday’s warm embrace of poor, persecuted, right wing students who were told to “shut up,” by Park Police, when they broke into an impromptu version of the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial. As noted in the article on the Fox website and noted by Fox & Friends, the singing was a violation of policy for the monument. This, however, did not prevent Steve Doocy from saying that the policy was “dumb.” This morning, Doocy hosted a representative from the park police to provide his side of the story. While meeting the technical requirements for “fair & balanced,” Doocy’s presentation and the accompanying chyrons showed that “fair & balanced” was not so much!

As Doocy reported on how the students were told to “pipe down,” the chyron was“Park Police Respond to Stifling the National Anthem.” (Notice the word “stifle” which has more emotional connotations than something like “stop singing” – neat agitprop.) While Doocy introduced Sergeant David Schlosser, the chyron was “Silence in the Capitol, Park Police Stifle Singing of Anthem.” (Notice that “stifle” was used again. And “silence in the Capitol?” Reality is that if they moved 25 steps from where they were, they could have sung to their heart’s content – neat agitprop.) Doocy did a dramatic rendering of the “story” that the “one of the kids felt such, you know, so inspired by what he had seen there. He said hey, let’s sing the National Anthem and they started to do it. Seems reasonable. Then your man came up and said ‘pipe down.’ Why” Scholosser said that it wasn’t about the content, but the location. As he added that “the courts have consistently upheld the idea that enforcement of the Code of Federal Regulations has to be done without any considerations to the acitivity,” Doocy had a frowny face – something not shown yesterday when he was interviewing the erstwhile Young Republican. But check out the dichotomy between what Sergeant Schlosser was saying about how the the policy doesn’t discriminate against content and the chyron: “Patriotism Silenced by Security, How Loud is too Loud for National Anthem.” (Notice how Fox frames the issue as not pertaining to policy, which speaks to the location of the singing, but an insult to patriotism.) Schlosser said that the regulations need to be uniformly enforced. (What, what, no exceptions for “patriotic” right wing students! Get out!)

Doocy reiterated his belief that the policy is “stupid.” (Oh, the irony!) He continued with the tired shtick about how these kids came to Washington to learn about their government (No Steve, they came to Washington to attend an Obama bashing conference) and they were told “you can’t sing the National Anthem on the steps of this National Monument.” He added that it’s like being told that you’re at the Vatican, no praying here.” (Wrong, Steve. Like the National Parks, the Vatican has rules: “To enter St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, one of the key attractions in Rome, you must wear close-toed shoes. Men must wear long pants and women cannot wear mini-skirts or let their shoulders be showing too much.”) He asked Scholosser if this “seemed a little odd.” When Schlosser started to talk about a “tranquil atmosphere,” Doocy interrupted, his voice getting louder, “I understand that but if you’re moved to the point, Sergeant, where ah I feel like singing” (he drew in a breath) “it’s our National Anthem, it’s not something political, it’s about America.” As Schlosser reiterated that it wasn’t about content, the chyron read “Student Sing a Long Silenced, National Anthem Too Loud for Security.” (This is a lie, as Sergeant Schlosser and the Fox News article said, it was the location not the song or the volume of the song.) Again, Schlosser said it was about location - but good propaganda nonetheless. Doocy responded that he understood and said that he would like to meet the guy who came up with that rule because “I do think it’s dopey.” (Who’s calling what dopey!)

Comment: No comment. It speaks for itself.

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