Fox & Friends prides itself on its patriotism - particularly the kind of patriotism evinced by portly, mostly white, folks dressed in colonial garb whilst carrying posters of President Obama with a bone through his nose and other similar angry anti-Obama renderings. Back in 2010, a Missouri publishing house produced a kids coloring book about the Tea Party which was dubbed "kiddie propaganda art" that was described "semi-literate" in its presentation. The same publishing house also did a 9-11 coloring book that Muslim groups found offensive with its frequent linking of Islam to "freedom hating" terrorism. It was also factually incorrect as is the teabagging coloring book which has been described as "factually challenged." But according to a positively glowing Gretchen Carlson, on today's Fox & Friends, sales of this book are soaring after the recent controversy surrounding the alleged IRS teabag targeting. Once again, Fox & Friends doing a public service in promoting patriotic educational tools!
Gretch wasted no time describing how "the patriotic coloring book teaching kids about the Tea Party" received OMG "much more backlash than praise" when it was released. She chortled as she noted that since the IRS "scandal," sales are "skyrocketing." She introduced her guest, Wayne Bell, founder of "Really Big Coloring Books." Showing off her tanned and tones legs against a simple red summer frock, Gretch gushed over all the books made by Bell's company.
Bell cited the negative reaction to the book which Gretch explained as "from the left." She referenced, "in fairness," that the company published a coloring book, "Yes we Can," about President Obama. Bell said that because Obama seemed to be so popular, he wanted to make a "fantastic coloring book." Gretch smoothly transitioned over to the requisite right wing agitprop with her question of what is happening to sales after the IRS "scandal" in which they "targeted words like tea party, patriot, etc." Bell said that the sales are "skyrocketing." Gretch pointed out that the company even has "Occupy" coloring books which Bell noted "was not one of our best sellers." Gretch laughed uproariously as he said that "it sold better in China and France than it did in the USA." She added that there was a 9-11 coloring book that Bell "got flack for."
Bell then showed the 9-11 follow-up coloring book "The True Faces of Evil Terror" which, according to Bell, prompted an e-mail from a White House server that "didn't say very nice things." To Gretch's question of why, he responded that "we put evil people in there." And Gretch delivered another propaganda punch with her comment that Fox public enemy number one, Bill Ayers, "an associate of Barack Obama," was in there. "The chyron: "American Pride, Author Makes Books About Patriotism." Bell claimed that these WhiteHouse.gov unnamed e-mailers used the F bomb. He feels that they were "upset" because his book "told the truth about terrorism." (Fact Check - that book also had terrorist trading cards which included Julian Assange and a drawing of OBL being assassinated while holding a woman in front of him - something that didn't happen)
So parents, act now before this amazing tome is sold out. Your kids can learn that subsidies to agribusiness are a good thing and that "federal debt has become a lifestyle." They will see a beautiful dollar sign next to a section, "Freedom of Choice and Economics," that praises Americans ability "to choose your job in America's free market." And your purchase will help Bell's business partners, MeadWestvaco, to put money into their PAC which helps GOP candidates. But more than that, you will be showing the kind of patriotism that makes the cartoonish Gretchen Carlson smile.
Oh, and funny. Bell's company has also done a coloring book, "It's OK to be Gay." Gretch didn't mention that.
Ah, a coloring book — something that’s on the adult Teabagger’s educational/reading level . . .