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Fox News Suggests Democrats Responsible For “Class Warfare” Arsonist In Cape Cod

Reported by Ellen - December 15, 2010 -

Is there any ill that Fox News will not try to blame on Democrats? The latest is a “possible serial arsonist” who, as Megyn Kelly described it on America Live on Monday (12/13/10), “is targeting upscale homes in Cape Code, Masachusetts.” Apparently, one of the houses had a message spray-painted on it saying, “F*** the rich” and another had a similar message. “So is this the result of the class warfare narrative we have been hearing from Capitol Hill in the recent weeks?” she asked. When Fox News pundits talk about “class warfare,” they mean attacks on the rich by those meanie Democrats.

Kelly made a point of not blaming the Democrats outright for the arson. “Sometimes some lunatics do some crazy things and people try to blame it on one party or another… Usually sane people reject both arguments,” she told her guest, talk show host John DePetro, who later made it clear that he did blame Democratic “class warfare” for the arson. Even though he admitted that the targeted homes were nice but “not waterfront mansions.”

But Kelly immediately suggested the arson was related to the tax cut debate, anyway. She continued, “But my question for you is, do they believe there’s any coincidence between what’s happening now just in the country with respect to this debate over taxes and the economy and who should pay more, who should pay less and these crimes?”

After noting that there are similar issues “around the world,” DePetro said, “The tone in Washington, let’s face it, has been class warfare.” Meaning, of course, that the rich are under siege. “We hear about tax cuts for the rich and how much is too much and there’s high unemployment in the area right now. So I think there is a tone that people are frustrated and we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.”

Funny how nobody mentioned that the tax cut deal just hammered out between Obama and Republicans was far more beneficial to the upper-income earners. In fact, the lowest earners got a tax raise, something nobody ever seems to be concerned about on Fox. As The New York Times reported:

But the tax benefits will flow most heavily to the highest earners, just as the original cuts did when they were passed in 2001 and 2003. At least a quarter of the tax savings will go to the wealthiest 1 percent of the population… The only groups likely to face a tax increase are those near the bottom of the income scale — individuals who make less than $20,000 and families with earnings below $40,000.

Kelly, however, said she is amazed at how many emails she has gotten from people “ticked off” about the estate tax. She acknowledged that “most of us are never gonna be affected by this tax." She added, "Nonetheless, our viewers are up in arms over it because they feel that it’s fundamentally unfair, judging from what I’ve read in the email.” Then she threw in her own little Democrats-are-waging-class-warfare dig. “And (viewers) don’t like the class warfare narrative and they feel it’s sort of contrary to the American dream that if you work hard and get ahead, you don’t get penalized, you actually get some fruits that you can pass on to your offspring.”

DePetro then made it overtly about Democrats. “The tone from the Democrats is just that.” He added that “200,000, 250, those are not the rich.”

Kelly readily agreed. “Especially here in Manhattan, I can tell you that for sure.”

DePetro continued, “And certainly not on Cape Cod… The rhetoric – and then you even have the president jumping in, describing them as hostage takers.”

During about half the discussion, a banner on the lower third of the screen “asked,” "Is talk on Capitol Hill contributing to class warfare?"

DePetro went into full assault on the Democrats now. “People that work hard are not described as small business owners, or as people that are just working, working families. They are described by the Democrats as ‘the rich.’ And I think that tone is setting off these types of people rallying back, whether it be the royal family over in London or right here in Cape Cod where an arsonist is saying, ‘Go after the rich.’”

Despite Kelly’s earlier statement that sane people would not blame such a thing on either party, she now said, “John, interesting thoughts. Thanks so much. We appreciate it.”

Kelly closed by suggesting viewers check out Bernard Goldberg’s “really interesting piece that we talked about with him on Friday about how you should be thanking the rich… certainly not vilifying them.” She was referring to Goldberg's suggestion that we should be building monuments to honor the rich.