Underscoring how the "more things change the more they remain the same," is the continued existence of those who remain in fear of left wing political philosophies. Sixty years after Joe McCarthy fomented paranoia about communists in the media, the entertainment industry, and politics, we have folks like Congressman Allen West denouncing liberal members of Congress as communists. And it's just not communists that the right wing fear and loathe. Socialism is also portrayed as part of the evil array of left wing agendas that trying to destroy Merka as we know it. Now that alleged commie-pinko Van Jones is no longer in the Obama administration, the fear mongering patriots on Fox need another scapegoat to get the pitchfork gang salivating. Thanks to right wing Tucker Carlson's intrepid reporting, most likely sourced from a blog run by anti-teacher's union partisan and Fox fave, Kyle Olson, we have one such person who was denigrated on last week's Fox & Friends as part of their series, "The Trouble with Schools" which is just a bunch of hit pieces aimed at the public school system and teachers unions. For venom with your morning coffee, you just can't beat Fox & Friends.
Alysin Camerota asked if parents would want "radicals having a hand in your children's education." (LOL - like the radical Christians who want creationism and abstinence only sex education in the schools!) Steve Doocy reported that the American Federation of Teachers "doesn't have a problem with it." The agitprop chyron declared (No "Cavuto Mark") "Teacher's Union Travesty, Organizer has Socialist Ties." (And last I heard, being a socialist is legal in the US). Doocy continued that one of the AFT organizers used to work for the socialist party. When he said this, he shook his head and said, "what?" He seemed to be gagging as he "joked," to Tucker Carlson, "what's the matter with having this socialist there?"
All American boy Tucker, who runs the right wing "Daily Caller" website, immediately "made it clear" that this isn't just a Howard Dean supporter or who thinks we should have universal healthcare." He stated that this person, an AFT organizer, was a "top official" in the Socialist Party USA (which, according to Tucker, is pro-Soviet), "supports totalitarianism," and is "violently anti-American." He reported that this man makes - gasp - $212,000 a year, "hardly a socialist salary" (Doocy giggled) and wants to to "destroy charter schools" which, according to Carlson, represent "hope" for the poor (like Carlson cares about the poor?) "stuck in crummy government schools." He asserted that "this is appalling on many levels."
Camerota finally told us the name of this evildoer, Shaun Richman, who, according to Camerota, "has a dubious past" regarding 9-11. She read Richman's comment that he refused to believe that all the things that OBL is accused of. More chryron agitprop: "Radicals Inside the AFT, Union Hires Admitted Socialist Truther" followed by "Teacher's Union Outrage, AFT Organizer: UBL Had No Hand in 9-11." (Funny how the right wing hate "truthers" but have no problem with teabagging "birthers.") Carlson accused Richman of being "unreasonable" and having "an agenda that is so over the top and evil" (and his educational agenda is????) "that he should not be around children ever." Doocy made a strange slurping sound as Carlson "joked" about Richman's resume.
So, in typical Fox & Friends fashion, all we know about this man is what the biased Tucker Carlson tells us. But yeah, we need to be scared of a guy who speaks for a party of 1,000 people - a party that believes in a "non-racist, classless, feminist, socialist society in which people cooperate at work, at home, and in the community" - as opposed to Tucker Carlson's party that has no problem with income inequality that is worse than the Ivory Coast's, uninsured people using emergency rooms as health care, declining wealth for the middle class while the top percent continues to thrive, the disenfranchisement of minority voters, and the abolition of women's reproductive rights. Yeah, be afraid of Shaun Richman, folks, be very afraid. Cuz if Fox & Friends & Tucker Carlson say so, that proves it!