Remember back when anybody who dared to criticize Bush's Iraq war policy was deemed, by Fox News and the right, to be disrespectful of our troops? Support for the troops was and continues to be cannon for the uber patriotic GOP right and Fox News which, during the early days of the war, had a "wall of heroes" for those troops who fell in combat. So you might think that "America's Newsroom" would come to the defense of a female veteran, a Lieutenant Colonel, who lost both legs in combat and who is being attacked by a GOP congressman for talking too much about her service which, according to Rep. Joe Walsh, she is using as a "political ploy." Walsh, who never served, claims that she is not a "true hero." Where there would be, I suspect, outrage if a Democratic politician had said this - on Fox, so far, *crickets.
If a Democratic pol had dissed a veteran, it would be all over Fox News and Fox Nation. The talking heads on Fox would be outraged. Fox Nation would have a headline accusing said politician of being a traitor. "Great American" Hannity, who prides himself on his Freedom Concerts that raise money for the military, would be fulminating. One assumes that uber troop supporting Michele Malkin would be seen on a number of Fox venues where she would sneer about those librul traitors. There would be articles about and TV interviews of veterans who objected to the commentary. But I'm not finding anything. Must be because it's a holiday which, of course, honors the service of military heroes like Tammy Duckworth who just happens to be Walsh's Democratic opponent in the upcoming election. But wait, I don't recall any outrage from Fox when another amputee, veteran and Democrat Max Cleland was smeared when his GOP opponent ran an ad that put Cleland in the same category as OBL and Saddam Hussein. Frequent Fox guest, Ann Coulter, smeared Cleland with her comment that his injury was no big deal.
And as a special Fourth of July treat, here are two patriotic videos. First is the awesome Beyonce singing "America the Beautiful" at the Obama inauguration concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The second is Peter Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, at the same concert, singing "This Land is Our Land, This Land is Your Land" - the entire "socialist" song which ends with the inspirational verse:
"Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me."
Happy Fourth to all (even the gang at "Johnny's" place) and a special shout out to our active duty (rainbow colored!) military and vets everywhere!
I agree wholeheartedly with your characterization of Walsh and I hope Ms. Duckworth’s contributions took off as a result. I know I looked up her Act Blue donations page and sent what I could spare, and I’d encourage everybody who can to do likewise.
But it’s probably a safe bet that she won’t be allowed to use Fox News to call for this Televised. We’ll find out.