That the conservative couch crew on Fox & Friends has a bad case of hypocrisy is illustrated in their patented faux Fox outrage about how President Obama met with MSNBC and other progressive media hosts, yesterday, at the White House. Yet, they had no problem when a Republican President, George W Bush, met with right wing media members including Fox's very own - drum roll - please, Sean Hannity! The "friends" doubled down on their double standard by claiming that - ready for it - MSNBC is in the tank for Obama. And we all know that Fox News isn't in the tank for the GOP cuz it's fair & balanced, ya think!
The Kurvy Kouch Krewe seemed to be shocked that some folks from MSNBC, as well as Arianna Huffington, were invited to the White House "for a briefing." Former Miss American and reliable GOP mouthpiece, Gretchen Carlson, said that she didn't understand why "anyone would be shocked about that." After Brian Kilmeade said that it was "outrageous" that there would be five hosts from the same channel, Gretch proclaimed, as Fox fact, that MSNBC is "delivering the message of the administration so it makes sense." Wall of genius Steve Doocy noted that "that's all [MSNBC] is "gonna do anyway" asked why other channels, such as Fox News, weren't invited.
Kilmeade muttered "it's incredible." Doocy then asked the audience what they thought of the president inviting "way left people to a little sit down at the White House." Kilmeade whined that Obama "hasn't talked to Republicans unless they agree to raise the rates" and hasn't met with Eric Cantor "in over a year;" but "it's time to meet the talk show hosts on another channel." (Fact Check: Obama and Boehner met over a week ago.) Gretch snarked "maybe it's a thank you of sorts for the reelection." Kilmeade had the last word with his comment that he was "stunned" that this happened, "wasn't denied, and was confirmed."
The chyrons framed the agitprop: "Budget Bias? President Talks Fiscal Cliff With Liberal Press;" "The Left Wing, WH, President Met 'Influential Progressives."
The Fox friends are stunned and outraged over Obama's meeting with progressive media types. Yet, they had no problem at all with George W. Bush meeting with right wing media in 2006. There wasn't, as far as I know, any Fox & Friends whining about how Bush should have invited oh, say Air America to the soiree. The little pals didn't complain about how "way" right wing radio hosts, Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, Mike Gallagher, and Michael Medved "delivered the message" for Bush. That meeting was fine and dandy.
Different strokes for different folks?
Exactly. So, if Sean Hannity continues to wonder why he doesn’t get invited to White House State Dinners . . .
The first Bush had Rush overnight for a guest and he slept in the Lincoln bedroom. I know Fox wasnât around then, but thatâs the kind of privileges the winning side gets. It gets to choose who to invite in, and who to sic the dogs on.