We Newshounds have created countless blog posts about the furious and exaggerated outrage statements made by the folks at Fox News. Take, as just one example of about fifty million, Michelle Malkin going purple over President Obama’s use of children as "human shields" in his gun control press conference. Now at least one conservative columnist is fed up with the vitriol from the right.
A few days ago, CNN commentator Erick Erickson urged fellow conservatives to move into more substantial areas of debate. "Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause," he wrote. "Who the hell wants to listen to conservatives whining and moaning all the time about the outrage du jour?" Not only is it exhausting, said Erickson, it doesn’t work; it sure didn’t work in the last election.
Erickson didn’t mention any media outlet by name, but in a blog post from today’s Media Matters, Eric Boehlert called it the "Fox News Outrage Model." "Being outraged," he writes, "... has become a signature of the far right movement over the last four years. It's also blossomed into Fox News' entire business model. Fox News makes a pile of profits each year overreacting to imagined Obama slights." Have they forgotten that the sainted Mr. Reagan was popular for being a "feel-good" president? There's isn't much feel-good feeling in Fox's stable of whiners and moaners and bitchers.
Do you think they’ll change their ways? I doubt it. Fox News and its like-minded buddies cling to the outrage model, like someone who won’t give up those old shoes even if they’re full of holes and causing blisters. They'll probably turn on the critics instead, as they've turned on Colin Powell who, last week on Fox and Friends, Laura Ingraham called, among other things, a “weapon of mass destruction”.
In truth, gentle reader, I won't be unhappy if Fox sticks to the outrage model. It'll probably reduce the Republicans' chances of climbing out of the hole they've dug for themselves.
Thanks, guys, for making Republicans seem dangerously disconnected from reality to much of middle America!
“This is your final warning.
Countdown until I’m Mad complains that his “freedom of speech is being violated”: 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .
We get your point that you don’t like us or this blog. There is no need to say it again.
If you want to disagree with specific points in specific posts, fine – so long as you can figure out a way of doing so respectfully. If you can’t, it’s time for you to leave and I will ban you. We do not need to keep hearing about your animosity toward us.
This is your final warning.
I liked how another speaker from the same conference referred to Fox News as “Media with a body count.”
Yes, even the more rational Republicans are fed up with Fox.
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HANNITY: And welcome back to “Hannity.” Tonight, we continue to follow the growing controversy about how the Obama administration is gifting some of our most deadly military weapons to the radical regime in Egypt as part of an aid package.
And to demonstrate just how idiotic this proposal is to give away 20 of our F-16s and 200 of our tanks to a country led by a 9/11 truther, a guy that refers to the Israelis as descendants of apes and pigs, somebody like Mohammed Morsi, we sent our cameras to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, to show you, our viewers, just how deadly an F-16 can be when it ends up in the wrong hands.
And here to explain more about this aircraft is museum director and former U.S. fighter pilot himself Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Bleakley. Lieutenant Colonel, welcome to the program. Thanks for being here.
HANNITY: Well, twice the speed of sound, and the pilots that fly these things are absolutely amazing.
Let me just — without dragging you into this specific controversy, [which I am about to do] if there was one military that had more F-16s than another military, which by the way, by the time these 20 F-16s are delivered to Egypt, that’ll be the case, them over Israel [No, it is not. You mucking foron. Israel is number 2. Egypt is number 4] — in the hands of radical extremists, how devastating could that be?
I would say it is pretty stupid for anyone to become a tool of a MORON soiling his diapers because the sky is about to fall.
Edited: Please do not engage in name calling.
Newshounds prepares me for the suprising ‘information’ that friends and relatives talk about. Because they speak in a sort of short-hand that assumes everyone in the US agrees on some point of far-right opinion, it really helps me to get some reference points for the things they say, which otherwise might be incomprehensible.
Let them stick a business model that resulted in Dr. Martin Luther King’s bible being used to swear-in our president, as opposed to, say, the book of Mormon.
We all are so glad you admit the Fox sewer is dedicated to polish wingnut turds, although Jabba The Ailes may disagree with you since he claims “the only Republican on Fox is Hannity. Everybody else is liberal.” You tell us who is the liar.
Once in a while we get concern trolls, such as you, pretending the Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network delivers “news” and next proceeds to whine, pss and moan about some grievous injustice done to them clownservatives, from indecent fashion and birfers to the constipationalist and tax experts, every single topic on Fox is accompanied by adjectives like “breaking, developing, bombshell, anger, explosive, revelations, exclusive, inside, warning, growing, stampede, concerned…” on and on and on.
Which brings us to the lies, ignorance, and POLITICAL deception sold by Fox.
It is very simple. So simple, morons like the Fox viewers ought to be able to understand it but they refuse to do so.
See, IF Fox actually reported news instead of making up piles of shit and trying to pass them as NEWS then there wouldn’t be any reason to expose their lies. The same applies to the gNOpigs since the Fox Propaganda Network and them gNOpigs enjoy their symbiotic relationship.
Fortunately, they have planted the seeds of their own demise.
Keep going straight toward the cliff and enjoy the next four years, wingnutz!