As Jon Stewart said, Fox News produces a "constant barrage of apocalyptic paranoia and outrage." This sage bit of wisdom is seen in Fox's ongoing promotion of the myth that American Christians are being persecuted by Satan's governmental minions whose evil gay and atheistic agendas seek to destroy our Christian nation. Meanwhile, back in the real world, these same whining Christians are seeking to deny civil rights for gays, roll back abortion rights, and force the teaching of Christian dogma in public schools because religious freedom. Last week, Fox&Friends, America's media haven for persecuted Christians, promoted a new Christian movie, hyped at CPAC, about - you guessed it - persecuted Christians.
The curvy couch Christians welcomed their guests, the writer/producer/director of the movie "Persecuted," Daniel Lusko and one of the stars, failed presidential candidate and TV actor Fred Thompson. Peter Johnson Jr. asked Lusko "how hard" it was to make this type of movie. Lusko responded that having folks like Fred Thompson and Gretchen Carlson made the process easier. When he added that "it's the audience right now that's created a big stir," Brian Kilmeade interjected, "you ripped it from the headlines." Lusko said that "people are feeling this way" and that one of Thompson's "great lines" was that "people are looking for a symbol for truth and freedom, someone who will stand up to all the lies because they can't silence the truth." Anna Kooiman breathlessly said "yes" when Lusko asserted that "people are looking for a voice."
The chyrons provided the Fox message framed as Fox fact:
- "First Amendment Fragility, Religious Expression Under Assault In America"
- "Power of Persecuted, Bringing Battle of Free Speech to Light"
Welcome to the alternate reality known as Fox News!