If you've spent any time watching Fox News lately, you've undoubtedly seen a report about how a Mr. Frank Vandersloot has been a victim of President Obama's "enemies list" merely for donating to the Mitt Romney campaign. But while Fox has been eager to team up with Vandersloot to demonize Obama, they've been much less forthcoming about some other details: such as the fact that Vandersloot is not just some small businessman who, after exercising his right to partake of the political process, found himself the victim of a smear campaign (as Fox suggests). Instead, he's a Romney campaign official with some real-life smearing mojo of his own.
Rachel Maddow did an in-depth investigation into this latest faux Fox controversy and the result speaks volumes about how Fox gets into bed with Republicans, adopts their messaging without skepticism and - oh, what a coincidence - allows itself to be used as a fundraising tool for them, too.
Video via Huffington Post:
Both took about 10 seconds to debunk, so unless you’re Mark Koldys or dumber (assuming that’s possible), you were just watching Maddow for the witty wording. Too bad Fox News viewers are too afraid of facts to spend even that much time around them.
And just as soon as that idea had hit the Fox airwaves, when i would have expected Hannity to run with it – instead Hannity jumped back on the Ed Klein bandwagon to trumpet Klein’s latest attack book. (And when Juan Williams challenged Hannity on this, Hannity tried to shout over him that he didn’t have time to actually discuss the source of his latest attack material and only wanted to talk about the attack…)