Part of the genius of Fox News propaganda is that it is reinforced. Once Fox gets hold of an issue, it is featured on a variety of Fox shows. What starts out as just another outrage morphs into just another right wing narrative. As I reported, Fox has taken a quote from an Obama campaign speech, cropped it, and provided a unique "interpretation" that has no basis in reality - but one that corresponds with the right wing meme that Obama is engaging in class warfare and, in this case, attacking success. It was spun on both The Five and Sunday's Fox & Friends during which Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris provided the requisite Fox "interpretation." On yesterday's Fox & Friends, Gretchen Carlson provided even more reinforcement of this zombie lie. Congratulations, Fox News, it's a meme.
While the facts of the matter clearly show that Obama wasn't saying what Fox is accusing him of saying, Gretchen Carlson deftly danced around that inconvenient truth in her comment that Obama "is implying that people who are successful may not have the same values as those in the middle class." She played the video played on the other show - the video in which Obama's words "and giving back" are cropped out. Gretch spun the message with her comment about how she was "startled" by Obama's comment that successful people don't have good values.
And so it went, a meme is born.
And another thought - How many "successful" people watch Fox & Friends? When one thinks "successful" one thinks of IQ's that are more than double digits, if you catch my drift!
Since we’re talking about leaders that think the rich don’t have good values… would anyone at Fox News like to handle this one?