Let's do the Fox News time warp again and flash back to August of last year. The Fox & Friends curvy couch potato heads had their nice white (the principal hue on Fox & Friends) panties in a bunch because MoveOn did an ad which featured children to "push a welfare state." The children in the ad articulated ideas for what government could do for the people. Gretchen Carlson said it was "offensive" and the kids didn't know what they were talking about. Fox friends and Maltese Knight, Peter Johnson Jr, said this was a "new low in using children in a political message." Flash forward to this morning's Fox & Friends during which Brian Kilmeade interviewed two little girls whose lemonade stand, for the purposes of Fox & Friends, is an example of Obama's egregious statement about how businesses aren't built in a vacuum. So when MoveOn utilized children in a TV ad, that was "using" children for "a political message" - and this isn't? Really?
The propaganda messaging of the "script" couldn't be clearer and more obvious. Kilmeade frames the message in his question about what they thought of Obama's comment and the little girl says it was "rude." I'm sure there was no pre-coaching for this spontaneous reaction, chortle, sputter...And the funny thing is that the "business" was assisted by parents and friends.
While Fox & Friends thought that the MoveOn ad was "offensive," they have no problem with using kids to advance their own anti-Obama meme. Ironic, don't ya think!
3/1/18 UPDATE: Video no longer available.
While the notion of a couple of kids operating a lemonade stand sounds cute, I seriously doubt the kids did it “all on their own.” At least one of their parents had to have “loaned” them the cash to start up the business (lemon and sugar don’t exactly come free, and it’s a pretty safe bet that the kids aren’t paying the family’s water bill). Then, of course, there’s the stand itself. I’m sure the kids got a little help in putting it up (even if it was no more than a parent’s inspecting the stand to make sure it wasn’t going to fall apart from the weight of the lemonade pitcher).
Wait. What’s that you say? It’s one thing for parents to help out but an entirely different thing for others (ie, government) to help? Well, most of these little stands are set up near a road or alongside a sidewalk, and those things are rarely—if ever—built by “parents” by themselves (that’s a case for others—or, the government). So, if the road or sidewalk didn’t exist, how would these kids attract their customers?
Then, there are the customers. Unless all the customers are relatives of the kids, I’d guess the kids would be out of business without “others” coming around to buy the product.
So, all in all, it sounds like the report simply proved Obama’s comment to be true. (Then again, the right-wing took Obama’s comment completely out of context. If FoxNoise reported the actual facts, instead of the facts they want to report*, they would’ve had to find some other way of attacking Obama.)
*FoxNoise’s REAL motto: We report (what we want to report), you decide (if what we report is even close to the truth).
That said, they’re the same way on the politicizing of Aurora- they’ve ran so much finger pointing, pity partying and pro-gun rhetoric that if you run them back to back, the sum total is longer than The Dark Knight Rises. And I don’t mean just a couple minutes…
Yet, they can’t stop crying about how this is being oh-so-politicized by anybody else.
President Obama knows exactly how these frauds operate, and we applaud him for publicly smacking them down.
NOTE TO KILMEADE
If Roger Ailes told you to pimp your children, nieces and nephews for the GOP cause, would you do it? Of course you would.