Two of Fox's popular messages are 1) Feminists are evil creatures who seek to destroy America's biblical, patriarchal social order 2) There is no conservative GOP war on women. Meanwhile, in the real world, feminists are those who support equal rights for women which include access to reproductive health care. Meanwhile, it's the conservative GOP who oppose the Pay Equity Act, support gutting of the social safety net, and who are passing a slew of draconian anti-abortion measures on both a state and federal level. That there is a conservative GOP war on women is obvious but not so for Fox News which denies its reality and - wait for it - says it is "phony" Democratic propaganda and part of a feminist "war on men." Last week, in maintaining it state of denial, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her Tea Party guest continued to validate the Fox propaganda memes in yet another Orewellian Fox "News" piece of propaganda.
As Newshounds Ellen reported, Tea Party activist, *radical anti-abortion zealot, and **assault weapons supporter Scottie Nell Hughes is in synch with Fox's anti-feminist messaging in that she actually believes that the calls for Roger Goodell's resignation are part of a feminist plot - never mind the issues of domestic violence and Goodell's inconsistent statements regarding the handling of the Ray Rice situation. Last Tuesday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck's interview provided yet another Fox opportunity to advance its anti-feminist, no war on women meme as well as a nice platform for Nell Hughes to promote her new book.
Hasselbeck began by explaining how the term, "war on women," is "often used by the left to describe conservative attitudes towards women." (Right - it wasn't a Democrat who described the ACA birth control mandate as a way for women, who can't control their libidos, to get birth control from "Uncle Sugar.") She showed video of Democratic politicians and Ed Schultz referencing the term. Ironically, in underscoring the validity of the term, Sen. Harry Reid was shown making the totally legit claim that the GOP is attacking women's access to health care. But not so for Hasselbeck who gleefully said that her guest "has a different view on the war on women" which she written about in her new book, "Roar, the New Conservative Woman Speaks Out."
After congratulating Nell Hughes for the book, Hasselbeck described it as "very important." When asked about the timing of the publication, Nell Hughes became very agitated in her response which was a classic example of Fox/right wing projection: "Here's the deal. They have sold us a lie that there is a war on women. The truth is there is one but they're waging it on us. They will go, liberal women, the last person that they want to talk to or they want to go up against is someone who's strong, who is a Republican or conservative voice..." The visual framed the agitprop message, as Fox Fact, that there is no war on women: "Debunking Conservative Women Myths, Conservatives Waging War on Women." It was "stamped" with a big, red "FALSE."
Nell Hughes continued to blither about how these nasty liberal women are "going after the men." (Awwww) She exhorted conservative women to "stand up because the sorority house of Hillary Clinton is ready to attack."
Okaay, so the war on women, like the criticism of Roger Goodell, is really a concoction of Hillary Clinton's feminist sorority sisters. And there's no conservative war on women? Seriously?
*Scottie Nell Hughes is a poster child for the conservative war on women. Her view on abortion clearly demonstrates the absolute misogyny that she and her conservative women support. Last year, during an interview with political comedian John Fugelsang this transpired:
FUGELSANG: “Let’s say Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion becomes illegal. If a woman is raped and she goes to a doctor, and the doctor terminates the pregnancy – Please tell me who deserves the longest jail sentence? The rapist,the doctor or the woman? In order.
HUGHES: “Across the board.”
FUGELSANG: “All three of them?”
HUGHES: “Go for it!
So she thinks that women should be imprisoned for attempting to get an abortion in the event of a rape. If Scottie Nell Hughes thinks there's no right wing war on women, she can keep on pretending!
**She supports the right to own assault weapons because at some point they might need them to fight a "corrupt" government.