Propaganda is heavily dependent on words and phrases intended to convey a political message. As a propaganda outlet for the GOP right, Fox News is a master manipulator of language. Hence, the more inflammatory "illegal alien" is used rather than "undocumented immigrant" in Fox's reporting on immigration. The term "abortion inducing drugs" was used by Fox commentators during their biased coverage of the HHS birth control mandate when, in reality, the ACA doesn't cover any drugs that induce abortion. Fox uses phrases to advance a narrative, with racial undertones, that those who support higher corporate taxes and responsibility want to "take" money away from hard working, taxpaying Americans. While the government shutdown will affect many programs and people, the right wing thinks it's no big deal. And that's why, in what has to take the prize for creative use of language, Fox News has coined an alternate term for the government shutdown - "SLIMDOWN."
Fox’s shamelessness never ceases to amaze!
Unfortunately, once again, it’s the people that will suffer, not those who are most to blame. And those that are most to blame are NOT this new breed of ignorant, hateful politicians….it’s Dick Armey, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and their ilk that thought throwing all that money behind morons was a shrewd strategy. Didn’t they learn with GWB? That worked out so well for the country, didn’t it?
“Trying to call this a “slimdown” is just the latest attempt by Fox News and the right wing media to try to bolster their guys and minimize the real damage they are doing. I don’t know that this is going to fool anyone.”
It sure as hell’s NOT fooling me one damn bit. Unlike Faux Spews Channel viewers, I THINK FOR MYSELF! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again until I’m blue in the face:
IF IT WALKS LIKE A NAZI, TALKS LIKE A NAZI, AND ACTS LIKE A NAZI…….well, we all know the rest.
When the poll was updated later, it said 63% blame Republicans. Now some of the ones that are still going are up to 70%.
Fox needs to spin this- Not that it will do them any good. They were on board for this when they thought they could blame Obama.
Excellent line Barbara S, I agree with you completely.
Trying to call this a “slimdown” is just the latest attempt by Fox News and the right wing media to try to bolster their guys and minimize the real damage they are doing. I don’t know that this is going to fool anyone.
At this point, I think President Obama and the Senate are simply going to continue to make public statements calling on the GOP to do the right thing, and they’ll be happy to wait a couple of weeks for the GOP to come around. Doing so actually makes the whole Debt Ceiling issue easier, because it will mean that the GOP will be unable to shut everything down AGAIN, thus forcing them to act like reasonable people. The real question now is whether John Boehner will be able to do his job and convince his guys to do theirs. He’s already got the record of being perhaps the weakest Speaker we’ve ever had. Another public failure could see him getting tossed out in the midterms, if his own guys don’t throw him overboard first. I do think there’s a chance you’ll see a bunch of these hard right guys getting primaried from the center.
I’d be happy to get a bag of popcorn and enjoy the show if the House GOP hadn’t taken away the money for the popcorn.