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Steve Doocy Validates Michelle Malkin’s Obama “Land Grab” Conspiracy

Reported by Priscilla - September 9, 2010 -

President Theodore Roosevelt (R), whose desire to preserve America’s great outdoors led to the creation of America’s National Parks, must be rolling in his grave. The man who foresaw that, without government intervention, America’s environment would be pillaged by those for whom profit is the only motive, would be appalled at today’s Republicans whose idea of beauty is a forest of oil drills replacing our natural forests. Recently, the Obama administration, concerned about conserving our precious resources, established the “Great Outdoors Initiative.” This, among other things, promotes “community based recreation and conservation,” “advances “job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and outdoor recreation,” builds upon State, local, private, and tribal priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, and cultural resources, creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces” and “uses science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generation.” Not surprisingly, the anti-science right wing, who subscribe to the notion that God will take care of whatever damage man does to the environment (see Rush Limbaugh on the oil spill), are seizing on this initiative to promote the idea that this is a vast left wing Obama conspiracy to steal land from honest industries who just want to help the American economy. Not surprisingly, Fox's and America’s favorite right wing “anchor baby,” Michelle Malkin, is on it. Her column, promoting this newest faux outrage about an Obama “land grab,” was recently published in Murdoch’s NY Post and this morning she was interviewed by very simpatico Fox & Friends. Steve Doocy must have read her column because his summary of the “problem” was taken straight from it. But that's not surprising because Steve Doocy is a mouthpiece for the right wing and as such, he parrots his lines very well!

Doocy did his patented “explanation” of the issue which is actually the requisite right wing talking point to be reinforced by the guest. “It sounds like the federal government is targeting 17 energy rich areas in 11 different states. Their going to designate them monuments” (he did air quotes”) “so that they can control them. Effectively what’s going to happen is prairie dogs, some coyotes, are going to have more rights than some states trying to generate jobs.” Obviously, Steve did not read the administration’s memo because his “explanation” is bogus. But wait, that’s what Malkin (who has developed a strange southern/western accent) says: “According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal "monuments." The lives of coyotes, deer and prairie dogs would be elevated above states' needs to generate jobs, tourism business and energy solutions.” According to a real “news” network, CBS, the “administration was considering the potential for presidential monument declarations in nine western states.” However, according to the CBS report, “leading Democrats said the monument declarations are not part of the agenda. Montana Senator Max Baucus states, "I am opposed to the administration creating monuments. This is bottom up, that was top down." The CBS report was done in June, so if Doocy had done some research, he might have been able to offer this piece of counterpoint – Nah, can’t cut the agitprop buzz, can we!

Naturally, because she wrote this, Malkin agreed and said that “this is a war on the West, war on the American way of life, a power grab…” blah, blah, right wing talking point, blah. She claimed that “much of this has gone on under the radar screen…” But thanks to the great reporting on Fox & Friends, America now knows the truth, oh praise Michelle Malkin!!! She added that there internal documents have been leaked by “whistle blowers.” (Hmmm, the Foxies didn’t like the NSA “whistleblowing...oh, right. That was during the Bush administration!) Spit out the coffee time when she said that Jim DeMint (yeah, now he’s a voice of reason) “has been good.” The agitprop chyron: “Extending Their Reach, Government May Acquire Public & Private land.” She talked about “appointees” who are “meeting with environmental groups” and “not meeting with state and local officials…” Fact Check – “In Montana, the administration officials were joined by the state's governor and U.S. senators.” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with “landowners, timber industry representatives, conservationists and state officials.” So it looks like Michelle’s pants are on fire with this, dare I say, lie?! Malkin says that she has “flagged” the Great Outdoor Initiative so that people can pay attention. Agitprop chyron: “Great Outdoors” Initiative, Conservation Plan or Private Land Grab?” She claimed that this policy is “destroying jobs.” Gretchen Carslon’s concluding comment was another right wing lesson for the day about “how much property the US owns in the United States, people would be shocked.” Course, Gretch didn’t mention that the land includes tribal reservation, military installations, National Parks, and National Forests.

Comment: When Malkin talks, Fox listens. I know that Fox & Friends is an opinion show; but isn’t there a responsibility to provide some kind of balance to information that is clearly partisan and, in this case, clearly a misrepresentation of the facts?


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