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Fox "News" Lowers the Bar, Megyn Kelly Gives Obama The "Mushroom Cloud/Daisy Ad" Treatment During Purported News Segment

Reported by Guest Blogger - April 8, 2010 -

Guest Blogged by "Crimson Executioner"

I'm gonna make this short and sweet: It's time for Fox "News" to grow the hell up. Here's the deal. I was taking a short drive home after picking up a cup-o-Joe from Wawa (like 7-11, but better) Wednesday night (4/7), when I heard NPR's David Folkenflik talking about Fox "News" anchor, Megan Kelly, giving Obama "the mushroom cloud treatment" at the end of a teaser about their forthcoming segment on Obama signing a nuclear arms pact with Russian President, Dimitry Medvedev. Yep, that's right - "the mushroom cloud treatment", lifted straight from the controversial fear-mongering "Daisy" ad that helped Johnson defeat Goldwater in '64. This really has to be seen to be believed, so here it is. Videos after the jump.

And if you've never seen the controversial 1964 political ad, here is the original "Daisy" spot:

Hearing the audio of Megan Kelly seriously posing this question - along with the sound of a nuclear blast - literally resulted in a "spit take moment" as I drove. Incredibly, this was no negative political ad (or was it?), nor was this "Daisy moment" played during one of their idiotic, lowest conservative denominator stupid-fest opinion shows. It occurred during a purported news segment, according to the NPR report (transcript here). This is totally shocking, and represents a new low for Fox "News". If doesn't get much slimier than this in journalism - even the Murdoch-style yellow dog journalism that is Fox "News". Period. It's truly incredible. It's disgusting.

We're all familiar with the he now infamous question asked of Senator Joe McCarthy by exasperated Army attorney, Joseph Welsh, in 1954:

"Until this moment, Senator, I think I never gauged your cruelty or recklessness....Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator.... You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
To pose this same question of Fox "News" in response to their use of this abhorrent imagery and reckless fear mongering - gleefully crossing the line by positioning their little "Daisy Spot" during a straight news segment in their attempt to undermine a sitting President of the United States of America - would be as rhetorical as it would be clichéd. Rather than ask such a question, I will instead make a request of Fox "News":

You know what you did, and you know you how egregiously you leaped across moral and ethical journalistic boundaries by positioning your little "Daisy ad" during what was supposed to be a news segment, in order to use pure fear-mongering to undermine President Obama. You know how unacceptable this is. You know how dangerous this is. Fox "News"? Cut. it. the. f***. out. Will you? Can you? For the love of God... For the love of country... At long last... just f***ing stop it.

And while you're at it, grow the hell up.