As the presidential election campaign comes to a close, Fox News is working on its ground game with some same old, same old. The latest is the faux outrage over President Obama's "voting is the best revenge" comment. It's reminiscent of the "You didn't build this" faux outrage from last summer - but Fox has put a special "he doesn't really love America" twist on it that is surely a calculated dog whistle to the racist birther crowd that loves Fox.
What President Obama actually said was, "No, no, no -- don’t boo, vote. (Applause.) Vote! Voting is the best revenge." It was in response to a crowd booing Mitt Romney at the mention of his name. As The Hill noted, "the line was a twist on Obama’s usual “don’t boo, vote” line that the president uses when crowds at this rallies boo Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s name."
But Fox has seized on that to suggest there's something distinctly un-American about that line. And they're not being so subtle about it.
Fox Nation posted, "And against whom should voters seek “revenge” — other Americans? A candidate who has the support of about half the electorate? It is mind-boggling, really, that this sort of snide, negative motivation is what President Obama has saved up for his final appeal.
Fox News' America's Election HQ hosted a "fair and balanced" debate with the "Cavuto Mark" of a question, Should Americans vote for 'revenge' or 'love of country'?
Yesterday, Fox & Friends suggested that a vote for Obama would mean the U.N would rule America. Why? Because Obama does not love believe in American exceptionalism enough.
As I wrote in a post on Crooks and Liars about this segment, Fox never showed President Obama saying anything about allowing global governance or submitting to the U.N. All they showed was a strategically-edited clip of Obama saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
Surely, Fox News knows Obama loves his country just as much as anyone else. But these contrived "questions" can only serve one purpose - dog whistling to the same audience that likes Fox regular Donald Trump. You'd think that Trump's birther-boy and other buffoonery would have gotten him booted off the network. But no, Trump was on Fox & Friends this morning offering his special brand of insight into a "blue state paper's" endorsement of Mitt Romney.
On top of all that, Bill O'Reilly played the race card on President Obama twice last week. First he "just wondered" if President Obama hasn't displayed a "grievance against whites." Then, he opined that Colin Powell only endorsed Obama because they were affirmative action soul brothers.
He did that:
“One last thought you guys. When I was a boy, when I was a boy I used to think that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy â boy was I right!!!” – Mitt rMoney
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Mitt should have responded that living well is the best revenge and that as a 1%er, he is living well. So well, in fact, that if he loses the election, he will have multiple houses to choose from to hide lick his wounds.
Hey Watcher! it’s good to see you!
ps. agree 100%
I will be on travel for the next week and won’t be able to post any comments. I hope when I return to cheer on the upcoming second term of our President.
Just for fun everyone, whatâs your prediction for tomorrow night in the electoral college? My guess is Obama 303 Romney 235. With my home state California putting him over the top as soon as our polls close at 8 pm California time, 11 pm Eastern.
Only on Fox is there something “un-American” . . . about VOTING.
We’ve papered over 8 years of Dumbya with a wall of Hate, Racism, Slander, Lies and Fear Mongering. We’re good Amerikans ’cause we did what Auzie-Rupe said.