In my last post, gentle reader, I noted that President Obama, in an interview with the New Republic, criticized Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for contributing to the dysfunction and intransigence in Congress. This morning, Fox and Friends entertained both Fox's "legal analyst" Peter Johnson, who said Obama was singling out the conservative media, and Ben Shapiro of breitbart.com, who upped the absurdity level by claiming the President was out to silence them.
What made the guests really unhappy was Obama's remark, “I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground.” He was referring to public debate in generally, not specifically to the media - his criticism of Fox and Rush came later - but the Fox pundits didn't care.
Johnson, after clumsily comparing Obama's remarks to reruns of the Carol Burnett show, snarkily interpreted them as meaning, “The people on the left, like MSNBC, they really want to encourage compromise and debate, but the people at Fox News, they are really out of control, they’re really crazy, they don’t want a debate and they want to punish Republican congressional leaders if there’s a debate.” It showed, he said, that the “civil libertarian” President had morphed into a Media Matters acolyte, bearing the message that "the most pernicious influence in the country [is] - not unemployment, debt, deficit or terror, but Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, conservative media, centrist media… they are coming at you in a big, BIIIIG way”.
The painfully earnest Ben Shapiro went Johnson one farther. Shapiro thought Obama’s words “change the incentive structure” should be “scary language for any American who believes in the First Amendment on a fundamental level….” Because it proved Shapiro's oft-repeated claim that Obama’s an imperial president, has dictatorial tendencies, and is generally a bully. To Shapiro, “incentives” was doublespeak for "silencing the media." (Really? Then why are you still on the air?)
Fox Nation upped the hysteria level one more notch with the shrieking headline, “Obama Threatens Fox News and Rush.” Interestingly, the URL for the post is the much more accurate, “Obama Singles Out Fox News.” Why go for accuracy if you can use sensationalism - right?
I didn’t use code words for anything, a hack is a hack left or right, again that’s YOUR bias is showing being nit-picky as a diversion. When the Sun article author resorts to subtle name calling such as saying someone should change their title to Minister of Information and basically giving Fox a pass, yeah…that’s my clue he’s biased. Do you teach how to tell partisan opinion from unbiased fact, context, and the concept that correlation does not imply causation or to you simply tell the kids “Conservative good, Liberal bad” or whatever?
Also, I didn’t say a word about MSNBC not stumping for Democrats/Liberals. They do…so what? Fox stumps for the GOP yet claims fair and balanced which you and I both know is BS and you my friend are blind if you don’t see that. Any “Liberal” they have on any of their shows is outnumbered by orders of magnitude, talked over, shouted over and very seldom gets a word in edgewise. I know you’ll disagree.
Anyway, I look forward to your posting of the link to the new Pew study on media bias.
See the part where it shows 71% of MSNBC Romney stories were negative while only 3% were positive? But thats not bias at all, is it?
For people to claim FOX stumps for the right but MSNBC doesnt stump for the left is mindboggling. You’re lying if you claim you dont see it. They have fewer conservatives on to debate than FOX has liberals.
And I do know how to debate; unfortunately none of you do. Your idea of debating is to call the other person names, degrade them, insult them and dismiss anything they say as a lie when you cant actually dispute them.
Pretty much every post ive had on here has been immediately met with hatred and name calling. Its what you guys do. You scream about the right being the party of hate but I honestly dont see anything but hate coming from you. Read the comments on this site. Some of them are so hateful that your own site admins have to remove them.
I like to post here because I enjoy seeing you people show the world just how mean and hateful you really are. i show this site to my students to show them how liberals act v/s how they “claim” the right acts.
You must have missed this in the actual Pew research page and any mention of it’s point is lacking in the Baltimore Sun writeup:
“Throughout the eight-week period studied, a good deal of the difference in treatment of the two contenders is related to who was perceived to be ahead in the race. When horse-race stories-those focused on strategy, tactics and the polls-are taken out of the analysis, and one looks at those framed around the candidates’ policy ideas, biographies and records, the distinctions in the tone of media coverage between the two nominees vanish.”
Looks like it says in reality it was more equal than it appears on the surface. I surmise the Baltimore writer is a Conservative hack.
By the way…I’m not a Liberal, I just detest the masters of manufactured rage, purveyors of half truths and misinformation, and the general cesspool that is Fox News.
Thanks AAP…Nailed it!!
Also, here’s your link. Of course you’ll do everything possible to discredit the study, as all liberals do when facts are presented that dispute their views.
“You guys dont want debate or compromise.”
Debate? Dear lard… we have just finished with the mother of debates. It is called an election and President Barack Hussein Obama WON with a landslide in spite of all the crap Fox and the gNOpigs threw in the way.
Compromise? On what?
It is not like you gNOpig imbeciles are proposing anything sensible. On gun control, you morons want children to pack heat to schools. On gubbimint spending you want Grandma and Grandpa out selling oranges on freeway off ramps.
On abortion, you fruitcakes want to grant citizenship upon conception. That is unless the parents are illeeeguls, so citizenship does not apply to them.
We on the LEFT, We the Progressives, We the Secular Humanists don’t owe a damned thing to the bass ackward buyble thumpin’ wrapped in the flag trigger happy gNOpigs.
END OF DEBATE.
Kindly go about burying the gNOpig by yourselves.
We won’t stop you.
How do you like that compromise?
Question: do you have a CREDIBLE LINK to back that up?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I’m waiting………………………………………….BUUUUUUUUZZZZZZZZZ!! TIME’S UP!
Boy oh boy, it’s painfully obvious to us that you are REALLY YEARNING LIKE HELL for your dear former Fuehrer George Dumbya Bush. Remember the run up to that 100% TOTAL DISASTER in Iraq which started almost ten years ago? Mark my words: anyone opposing that invasion was INSTANTLY SQUASHED LIKE A BUG or smeared, insulted, and called a traitor by Bully O’Lielly, Sean KKKlannity and the rest of Herr Goebbles II’s (i.e. Murdoch’s) minions at Faux Spews Channel. Case in point: Phil Donahue — his show got CANCELLED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY by MSNBC when he expressed his opposition to the invasion of Iraq and had antiwar guests on his show. But, then again, remember who OWNED MSNBC at the time: GENERAL ELECTRIC, a charter member of the MIC (Military Industrial Complex).
That would probably make him one of a handful of employed people watching them.
And one of the few under 72.
And 1 of only 2 black men.
President Obama didn’t say anything about “silencing” either El Limpo or the Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network.
What he did was naming them, explicitly, as they have nothing to advance the country’s progress but everything to obstruct the President.
El Limpo said it and repeated it. He wanted President Obama to fail. From day one.
The Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network engaged in fluffing the teabagged rabble with no other goal but obstructing President Obama.
The Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network engaged and promoted that phuck, sht face Donald Trump and his presidential ambitions.
But when they hear, WE DON’T want to hear any more of their bitchin’ moanin’ n’ pissin’ THEY are the victims.
President Obama didn’t say anything we didn’t know.
I’m serious. I was reading some Doonesbury from 30 years ago and the gNOpig and wingnuts haven’t moved an inch toward progress.
Cheebuz… This is not your grandad’s Oldsmobile.
If I may add:
Fox itself gets caught hacking phones in the UK . . .
Plus, as much as Fox and the frightwing love to talk about how President Obama is a “wannabe dictator” — when they aren’t referring to him as inexperienced and incompetent, that is — the President is going on his FIFTH year in office . . . if he TRULY wanted to “silence” Fox, don’t they think he would have done so by now?
John McCain pens a provision for indefinite detention, admitting the right has a plan for that if they take the White House…
An investigation into how Anthony Weiner was hacked reveals that Darrell Issa is having congressional Democrats spied on for reasons to railroad them from office…
MItt Romney outright says that he thinks 47% of this country are parasites that he wants to end all rights and programs for…
Obama names Fox News in talking about how media is forming partisan narratives…
TYRANT! DICTATOR! STALIN!!!! SOMEONE STOP THIS MONSTER!!!!!