In the alternate reality of the right wing, the USA is truly the most awesome country in the world and never engages in any activity that is less than divinely inspired. Whenever anybody dares to question the motives of the USA, Fox News, a font of patriotism and incisive political analysis if there ever was one, goes on the attack. Such was the case when The View's Rosie O'Donnell recently made a perfectly legitimate political observation on radical Islamic hatred of the US. This comment was followed by the usual right wing suspects indulging in their usual right wing outrage. So no surprise that Fox News would provide an even bigger platform for the right wing spleen venting with Greg Gutfeld who, in filling in for his propaganda pimping daddy Bill O'Reilly, provided the platform from which right wing full mooner Mike Gallagher vented his spleen!
Friday, Greg Gutfeld underscored why Russell Brand described him as "vibrating in hate." Gutfeld, against a backdrop of a US map with the words "blaming America first" underneath, bloviated about how "blaming America first is a favorite pastime of some on the far left; but since the US war on ISIS began, it's become the preferred recreational activity yet again." Before showing video of Rose O'Donnell, right wing nut Gutfeld described her as a "left wing nut and my week-end tennis buddy Rosie O'Donnell." The video showed O'Donnell refuting conservative Nicole Wallace's contention that Islamic radicals "hate us for our freedoms" with the accurate statement that some of the hatred stems from our having killed innocent Muslims during our invasion of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.
Gutfeld than attacked "incoherent" and "brain dead" (pot, meet kettle?) Harvard students who were the targets of an Outnumbered attack. He showed video, done by right wing Caleb Bonham of the right wing Campus Reform, which featured Harvard students providing some thoughtful analysis of how American foreign policy is partially to blame for the rise of ISIS. After the video he snarked about how "those opinions cost thousands of dollars." He introduced his guest, fellow right wing nut and hate radio host Mike Gallagher.
He asked Gallagher why "this perspective still exists no matter what decade that America is the bad guy in every instance." He described it as a "commandment in a cult." Gallagher, not a psychologist, claimed he has "spent years studying liberals and trying to understand the liberal psyche." He jokingly compared liberals to chimpanzees. In painting with a really big brush, he described the findings of his research: "I really think there is a distaste that many liberals have for the values that America stands for... Think of what the left hates. they don't like expressions of prayer, they don't like the Second Amendment, they don't like people who display flags. So you think about all those values that make American great (?!), they don't like it. So I think subconsciously they don't like America so they blame America for everything."
Gutfeld giggled as he claimed "that they love everything America makes" and would be upset about having their I-pods taken away. (These, of course, are made in China, but silly details...). He brayed about how the expensive educational system is creating "American derangement syndrome." Reinforcing the Fox/right wing anti-Hollywood meme, Gallagher criticized Gwenyth Paltrow and Michael Moore for hypocrisy in "bashing" the country that made them famous." Gutfeld, in providing a less than cogent analysis of the problem, blamed this Hollywood America hating on too much free time. Gallagher then blithered how "the left" bashes Israel and the US because they "don't like these nations."
Gutfeld lashed out at those who criticize Fox, like Rosie and the President, who use it as a "proxy" for the rest of America that they "look down upon." In a moment of irony, Gutfeld wanted to know if The View rehired Rosie "because they are courting the crazy demo." After more Rosie bashing, Gutfeld referenced Bill Maher's commentary about liberals reluctance to confront radical Islam lest they be considered Islamophobes. Gallagher exposed his Islamophobia with another broad brush comment about how "the Muslim world" treats women and gays in a "horrific" manner. (Meanwhile, a growing number of gay children of fundamentalist Christian parents have become homeless because their parents have evicted them but you won't hear about that on Fox.)
Anyway, if you want mindless jingoism and balanced personal attacks, look no further than the "fair & balanced" Fox News. Talk about "courting the crazy demo!"