Fox News' outrage at President Obama’s critical remarks about their network is becoming hysterical. It’s not a simple matter of their being pissed at his criticism. No, the President is trying to shut them down. He’s going after the First Amendment just as he went after the Second. And he’s sending the country down the tubes because without a free Fox there is no free America. So, at least, said “legal analyst” Peter Johnson Jr., appearing on Fox and Friends for the second morning in a row.
We have previously noted that Johnson is also Roger Ailes’ personal attorney, and speculated that he might be acting as a stand-in for Fox's chief. Since Johnson also appeared on Hannity last night, and maybe on other shows as well, I speculate that he's speaking for Ailes in this case, and that the F&F segment was part of a Carefully Orchestrated Outrage Strategy.
Brian Kilmeade fed Johnson the appropriately sensational opening lines: "After going after the Second Amendment, President Obama, unhappy with freedom of speech, is going after the First Amendment.” Indeed he is, agreed Johnson, as the chyron shouted FIRST GUNS, NOW FREE SPEECH. “The imperial Presidency playbook is open." The First Amendment is "seriously in doubt,” he added, when the President embraces those that echo his talking points, and brands anyone who seeks to “foster debate” as an “enemy of the state.” GOING AFTER FREE SPEECH, the chyron hollered.
Of course he would, said Kilmeade, right on cue. Obama’s got all the Democrats and all the mainstream media and even a few scared Republicans in his camp – “everyone but Fox and Rush apparently.” BIAS ALERT, the chyron screamed.
Johnson then took Fox's outraged-victim message out to the stratosphere. Obama is not just criticizing Fox; he’s threatening the free press that is the bulwark of our democracy. “Ask Thomas Jefferson,” pontificated Johnson. “Ask Alexis de Tocqueville (I might, gentle reader, but they are both sort of like – ahem- dead. Died without having heard of Fox News, poor guys.) “Look at our history. Without a free press, there is not a free America. Without a free Fox, there is not a free America.... Fox is doing its job. ‘Fair and balanced’ means something, especially in a media that’s in the tank across the board, and the President does not like that.”
Doesn’t it make you sleep better at night, gentle reader, knowing that Fox is standing all alone (except for Rush of course) between you and that imperial dictatorial bully in the White House? After this, I expect that Obama will shut the network down and throw all its staff in the slammer. That's what imperial dictators generally do.
And regarding the Fairness Doctrine:
The only reason the left wants it reinstated is to silence Conservative talk radio. Thats it. The left hates the fact that conservative radio is highly popular but very few want to listen to the left. You cant compete when its actually fair so you want to put in a law to limit free speech; but only conservative free speech.
I’m not interested in bringing back the “Fairness Doctrine,” I’d like to see something called an “Honesty Doctrine.” That would do two things: Make sure that there are concequenses for dishonesty, Lies, and false equivilancies that run rampant on talk radio. And secondly, it would naturally eliminate most rightwing talk radio programming, which would likely be replaced by more left leaning hosts who tend to be much more honest than the Lying tools that now occupy the radio dial.
Facts and honesty replacing facts pulled from there ass’s and lying to there own audience.
Sounds like a win win to me.
El Limpo, to his credit, didn’t throw his humongous trap behind Mittens. In the last days before the election, he pretty much conceded saying something about “the country can endure another 4 years of Obama”
But not the Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network.
No, Sireee Boob. Not them.
They were gushing Paul Ryan like he was Raygun reincarnated.
Let’s look at the clown car wreckage.
Ann Coulter brought Mittens to the forefront because “he was electable”
El Limpo gave his half assed support because Mittens, for all his hidden wealth, crafted Mittens-care.
This was the same reason why most teabagged couldn’t in good conscience vote for Mittens.
The sht flinging Baboon Glenn Beck was supporting “limited gubbimint” Rick Santorum.
Seanny Poo was going to yelp after anything with an R next to the name.
Billdo, the Independent, was a bit more careful earlier but in the end he resorted to the same chicken little tactics, braying about his taxes and howling for re-runs of Leave it to Beaver.
I know the list is far from complete, not enough time to credit the bit players, but just look at their lines:
Ann Coulter: ELECTABLE!
The Sht flinging Baboon Glenn Beck: DOOMSDAY!
Seanny Poo: RONALD RAYGUN!
Billdo: DEBAUCHERY! EUROPE! DE-RISTRIBUTION OF HEALTH! MOOCHERS!
Somehow, I am missing the pages of the script where the gNOpigs have solutions for the country.
Personally I would like to allow them all the free speech they have a right to. Fox and Rush both turn off the swing and moderate voters who decide our elections, with their extremist ranting where they rightfully come across as bat shit crazy to those in the middle who naturally turn to the Democratic Party. Besides they provide great material for Comedy Central.
When some fruitcake comes and demands we listen to him because President Obama is about to abolish Freedom of Speech.
Wow, I had no idea playing with trolls could be so fun. Buh Bye now.
Says the guy who defends Jesse Watters and Griff Jenkins when they come up. BTW, whenever you feel like addressing an actual fact that was directed your way, and not just rehashing your little “It’s wrong if I disagree!” pity party, you be sure to let me know.
You are still defending George Bush,
The Mayberry Machiavelli who couldn’t find WMDs, couldn’t track down OBL, who brought us the Department of HOMELAND Security, the Patriot Act and fingering babies and old ladies at the airport.
Do go on.
“President Bush is routinely portrayed as a Nazi on left-wing Web sites, which post pictures of Bush with a Hitler mustache and sell T-shirts with Bush’s name spelled with a Swastika.”
Proving Lowry’s point, on the left-wing Web site Counterpunch.com, Dave Lindorff, a contributor to The Nation magazine and Salon.com, wrote in an article titled “Bush and Hitler: The Strategy of Fear”:
“It’s going a bit far to compare the Bush of 2003 to the Hitler of 1933. Bush simply is not the orator that Hitler was. But comparisons of the Bush administration’s fear-mongering tactics to those practiced so successfully and with such terrible results by Hitler and Goebbels [….] are not at all out of line. Hitler would be proud that an American president is emulating him in so many ways.”
President Obama doesn’t want to shut Fox or Rushbo down. He couldn’t even if he wanted to. Here’s what he wanted to do when he made the comments about Fox and Rushbo punishing republican politicians for ‘compromising’ or as we like to call it ‘doing their jobs’, you know, governing.
—He knew that the mushrooms wouldn’t be looking elsewhere for their news. Why would they, they’re mushrooms. Fox and rushbo have done their jobs.
—He knew Fox and Rushbo would take the bait and make a big deal about 1st amend rights, etc, etc. And in doing so they would have to play what the President said on THEIR air because the mushrooms aren’t going anywhere else to see the Presidents comments.
This way the mushrooms got actual “news” and got it almost in real time.
Every time anyone dared to criticize Fearless Leader Bush, Hannity was all up and down “How can you insult our President during time of war!”
Of course. All of that changed when President Obama was elected.
Every fruitcake smear is now “Freedumb oss speech!”
You cannot grasp that. You cannot conceive of the fact that you have no right to force people to listen to you. That is why the Fairness Doctrine will never come back. No one with any sense will let it.
No, you’re not… you’re telling us how, if you ran a radio station, you wouldn’t let anyone who disagreed with you on the air, even if there is a legit reason for them to air their side of the issue/story. Apparently on no other grounds than that the law in place to uphold their 1st and 6th amendment rights against the media is repealed.
Ironically on a site where you’re the point of view that’s disagreed with.
You still haven’t explained how that works. By your own definition, all it does is makes sure the other view is represented fairly. How is this shutting anyone up? If anything, it’s a violation of the 6th amendment’s confrontation clause to tell them to fuck off because “I don’t have to hear your side of this, just don’t listen to mine!”.
And if you tried to present your side on a network that did that to you, you’d be crying about your 1st and 6th all day long.
And you damn sure don’t have the right to make me listen to or air your side.
Actually, if you’re billed as a news outlet… you do.
Let me point out the only one you’ll even read:
— Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
I counter with:
*— Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
— Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
— Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
— Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.*
The conservatives are the ones that have proven to us that they cannot do this by choice, and need a law to make them. You personally have not only proven that you don’t know shit about this particular doctrine, but you have also made it abundantly clear that you don’t know what censorship means.
Otherwise, you wouldn’t be making stupid comments like the free speech of others violates your rights if you hear something you don’t agree with. It’s their right to say it, it’s the responsibility of a responsible outlet to air it so their viewers hear the opposing view from the horse’s mouth.
But, by all means… post something to make yourself look ever dumber and more bigoted. We’ve allowed you to do it here so far, even though you admit you wouldn’t extend the same courtesy if this was your site.