Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister for the Third Reich, would be so proud of Fox News in that they bring new meaning to his quote, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." As I have reported, Fox News knows the value of taking a propaganda meme and repeating it throughout their programming - and voila, what starts as a right wing meme becomes right wing truthiness. As News Hounds Ellen pointed out, Fox's smear of Democratic US Rep. Andre Carson, for his comment about how the US should look to religious schools, such as madrassas, for ideas on innovation, occurred on both Hannity (twice) and The Factor. Not surprisingly, the good Christians on The Five, joined in the crusade - or is it jihad against Carson. Either way, it's the gospel of hate that's preached in the Fox church of the poisoned mind.
Last week (July 9th) Catholic Mass devotee and supply side Jesus worshipper, Eric Bolling set the stage: "Congressman Andre Carson thinks all public schools should be based on the Quran. Think I'm kidding." What Carson was really saying was that America should be examining the madrassa model - not turning public schools into madrassas. Bolling added a variation of the famous Fox "some say" which is really a way for Fox to "say" something without admitting it: "Listen to the man many think is the biggest bigot in elected office." After video ofCarson, making the comment, was shown, Bolling made the ludicrous and unsubstantiated comment that "you can't say "under God" in the pledge, you can't have a manger scene. You can't even bring a Christmas cookie to school." (Ah, the war on Christmas in July!)
Dana Perino noted that Carson clarified the comment and said that "while there might be good madrassas out there, typically not might be the way you want your American child." Former altar boy Greg Gutfeld "joked" that he didn't know that "taking back some American schools to the seventh century might be an upgrade." Stop right here - the taxpayers of Louisiana are paying for kids, through vouchers, to attend bible based schools that teach - wait for it - that the Loch Ness monster disproves evolution and that dinosaurs still exist. These schools have faith based curriculum based on the bible so remind me which century these Christians are living in?
After some banter, the monomaniacal Bolling repeated the drivel about prohibitions against "under God, Christmas cookies, and mangers." Juan Williams attempted provide some rationality to the discussion with comment about how Catholic schools are seen as providing a quality education. Kimberley Guilfoyle described how her upcoming statement would be inflammatory. She was right. Not only was it that but it brilliantly framed the message that Carson was promoting radical Islam: "To any American, when you hear that about a madrassa, they associate it, let's be honest to radical Islam. So, you're supposed to model our schools to that." (One more time, that's not what he said.) Gutfeld, ever the humorist, made another "joke" (as it was described on the Fox News Insider): "Think of all the great scientific achievements that come from Islamic countries." (How bout math, cartography, and translations of the classics?) The discussion veered off into how parents like Catholic and Montessori schools.
So in a series of propaganda piece, in Fox's holy war against Carson, the Fox viewer learns that he is an evil Muslim who wants to turn the American public school system into radical madrassas which will churn out little jihadists. Be afraid, be very afraid.