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On Fox & Friends: Astro Turf Flack Defends Teabagging Survey As "Consumer Education"

Reported by Priscilla - November 28, 2010 -

One of the chief complaints of "Newsbusters," a site devoted to "liberal bias" in the media, is that the so called librul media doesn't identify the political association of its contributors and guests. But they really should hold their beloved Fox News to the same standard because Fox News is guilty of doing this very thing.. Earlier this week, on Fox & Friends, Dave Briggs and his guest discussed a new poll that shows that tea party activists are willing to punish those companies that support President Obama's policies. What the audience wasn't told was that the Fox News contributor, Deneen Borelli, has less than six degrees of separation from this poll. Not noted was her husband's connection to the cause being espoused by those who commissioned the poll as well as his and her association with this group. It seems that along with contributing to Fox, this Fox guest contributes to an organization with some mighty, righty views. But Ms. Borelli was able to explain it all in terms that made the agitprop seems like concern for consumers, so who cares about her politics!

Dave Briggs reported that a newly released survey shows that GE's favorability rating took a hit after participants learned that the company supported president Obama's policies such as cap and trade and health care and that tea party activists are "willing and able to punish companies that lobbied for Obama like GE and Johnson & Johnson." Not noted was that the polling company, Wilson Research Strategies, is a Republican firm founded by Christopher Wilson who was executive director for the Texas Republican Party under then Governor George W Bush. Briggs introduced Fox "News" contributor Deneen Borelli, identified as a fellow with "Project 21." Briggs further explained that Dick Armey and his group, "Freedom Works," first wanted to know how folks feel about a certain company. After the initial response, the participants (801 conservatives) were told about the company's support for Obama's policies and asked again how they felt about it. Not surprisingly, they were horrified. Borelli said that the poll was conducted by National Center for Public Policy and Freedom Works. She said that big business is on a collision course with the tea party. There was a spit out the coffee moment when Borelli said that the poll was taken "to educate consumers, especially conservative consumers that there are companies that push Obama's big govt agenda." Briggs wanted to know if the purpose was to put pressure on businesses not to support democratic policies. Borelli responded that there are consumers who are for limited government and that GE supported cap & trade legislation which is going to cause energy prices to go up and now that consumers "are educated they don't have to purchase GE's products if they're against their values." She also cited Johnson & Johnson having lobbied for Obamacare. She repeated that when "consumers are educated, they can vote with their wallets and not buy these products because they are against their core values." Briggs said that these companies have a multitude of brands and producst and it's a"long leap" for the consumer to be that educated. She responded that Johnson & Johnson has baby products and that they are concerned about their image which is tarnished by "toxic" Obamacare. Briggs said that it was interesting because the Tea Party wants to put power of the corporations into the hands of the consumer. Borellis said that the tea party is "very influential." She repeated how consumers are "being educated." Despite the fact that there has been no official boycott, the chyron read "Power of the tea party activists take on corporate America." (Funny, it's only "corporate America" that's Obama friendly and not the "corporate America" that outsources jobs or the Wall Street firms that brought on what could have been a total financial collapse. Oh well, teabaggers have to direct their rage someplace!)

Comment: Deneen Borelli's "Project 21" is a group of very conservative African Americans which was founded by right wing blacks who, after the Rodney King beating, denounced the rioters as "wanton criminals" and praised the LAPD. One of its members, Kevin Martin, appeared on "Hannity & Colmes" where he compared the NAACP to the KKK. Another member, Mychal Massie, said that the firing of Don Imus, over his "nappy headed ho's" comment was a "lynching." Deneen is also employed by the National Center for Public Policy which, along with Freedom Works, commissioned the poll being discussed on Fox & Friends. Her husband, Tom Borelli, also works for the NCPP and he was recently quoted as saying that "Big businesses are now on notice that there is a measurable business risk for actively supporting the Obama, Reid, and Pelosi progressive public policy agenda." Borelli has purchased stock in a number of the companies that he is attacking in order to make "a fuss at shareholders meetings, mostly over companies' efforts to curb global warming, which he argues 'isn't out of line with normal cycles in the environment'." So it appears that this Fox "contributor" has quite the resume. For a look at how she's viewed in the non right wing African American community check out Oliver Willis and the "Creole Princess." Not for nothing is she a Fox "contributor!"

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